In recent years, Associação Sons da Lusofonia (ASL), who promotes and produces Festa do Jazz, has been increasingly engaged in collaboration with European jazz festivals and organisations. As a result, ASL gave Portuguese jazz a voice in the transnational debate about the role of jazz in European cultural policies. A first important result of this effort was ASL’s successful bid to host the European Jazz Conference (EJC), held in Lisbon, in September 2018 at the Centro Cultural de Belém.
These steps towards European integration motivated the establishment of the first national Portuguese jazz network — Portugal Jazz. This was only made possible through a series of debate sessions held at Festa do Jazz, between 2015 and 1017, with artists, educators, promoters, and researchers. Portugal Jazz was formally established in 2018.
Sons da Lusofonia is member of the following international networks:
A Portuguese network for jazz and improvised music that supports information exchange and partnership opportunities for Portuguese jazz and improvised music associations, artists and audiences.
EUROPE JAZZ NETWORK
A nonprofit Europe-wide association of producers, presenters and supporting organisations who specialise in creative music, contemporary jazz and improvised music created from a distinctly European perspective.
ANNA LINDH FOUNDATION
The Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Foundation for the Dialogue Between Cultures is a network of civil society organisations dedicated to promoting intercultural dialogue in the Mediterranean region.
Presence at international music fairs:
Jazzahead! is the must-go event for the international jazz industry and the place for high-quality, contemporary jazz from Germany, Europe and overseas.
Worldwide Music Expo – is the most international and culturally diverse music meeting in the world and the biggest conference of the global music scene, featuring a trade fair, talks, films and showcase concerts.