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Open call for Tokyo jazz

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The Australian Embassy Tokyo and NHK Enterprises have been working to introduce Australian jazz to Japan since 2006, including through performances at Tokyo Jazz – one of the largest festivals of its kind in Japan.

In 2012, the Australian musician(s) selected to participate in Tokyo Jazz will be decided through an open call. The selected participant(s) will also undertake a goodwill tour of schools in earthquake- and tsunami-affected Iwate Prefecture.

Please see here for the application guidelines and form.
http://culture.australia.or.jp/en/events/view/431/Open+Call+for+Australian+Jazz+Journey+2012+participants

Deadline is 17 June (Sun).
 

July 30, 2014

Freedman Jazz Fellowships announced

in News Articles National News Posted by Joanne Kee
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July 27, 2014

Brisbane Festival Jazz On Sunday program

in News Articles National News Posted by Joanne Kee
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July 27, 2014

Artist Distribution scheme for recordings

in News Articles National News Posted by Joanne Kee
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July 23, 2014

The Hunters & Pointers CD review

in CD Reviews Victoria Posted by Joanne Kee
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July 23, 2014

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in CD Reviews Victoria Posted by Joanne Kee
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July 23, 2014

Su Su Nje Daniel Susnjar

in CD Reviews Western Australia Posted by Joanne Kee
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July 18, 2014

Java Quartet - Together review

in CD Reviews New South Wales Posted by Joanne Kee
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July 17, 2014

Hard Core on the Fly

in News Articles National News Posted by Joanne Kee
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July 13, 2014

25TH Wangaratta Jazz & Blues Festival

in News Articles National News Posted by Joanne Kee
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