How you can participate

Culture-centered projects on cultural diversity, dialogue and exchange, cultural heritage, jazz in cultural and creative industries, status and social condition of jazz musicians. Musical events can be organized for the Day. The musical events already scheduled and taking place on 30 April could be occasions to remind and give visibility to the International Jazz Day.

  • Jazz-related themes could be discussed through round tables, publications, blogs, book fairs, exhibitions, happenings
  • The Ministry of Culture could organize a nation-wide forum on jazz on their website
  • A public radio discussion on the future of jazz music in your country
  • Record labels and publishing houses could organize a seminar on the business of jazz music
  • A seminar organized at music conservatories with music professionals
  • Small community jazz concerts organized by the municipalities
  • Youth clubs could hold a jazz concert or screen a jazz concert on DVD
  • Music schools could be encouraged to organize public concerts for schools
  • Music students might give demonstrations or convene discussion groups with students
  • The National Commission of your country might organize a concert in partnership with local conservatories


Educational initiatives promoting the history and presenting practices of jazz (origin and transformation, global spread, social inclusion, women’s empowerment, improving technique).

  • Teachers (primary and secondary level) may choose to center part of their classes on jazz. Jazz music and jazz videos (concerts, fiction, documentaries) could be discussed
  • Literary, artistic or video contests could be organized
  • Special scholarships for jazz or jazz-related studies could be offered on the occasion of the Day
  • Organize a classroom discussion on the origins of jazz
  • Organize a classroom listening session - teachers can bring in a CD, or can log into a UNESCO Jazz Day website for further information
  • Organize a classroom exchange/debate with other schools via the UNESCO associated schools network


Social and human sciences projects focusing on the links between jazz and human and cultural rights, social inclusion, communities, migration, urbanization and other social issues.

  • Seminars, university classes and round tables (in person or online) could be organized in this context
  • Publications (reviews, books, and blogs) can be dedicated to those issues
  • Organize a discussion/student presentation on liberation movements and the role of jazz music
  • Organize a discussion/student presentation on women's emancipation and jazz music


Communication and information initiatives that concentrate on the links between traditional and/or contemporary media, ICT and jazz.

  • Join UNESCO on Facebook  and Twitter to exchange with others about jazz’s impact. Make sure to use #JazzDay in your message!
  •  Upload your own jazz music or videos of jazz musicians you admire to Youtube, Facebook or Twitter
  • Start a blog about what jazz means to you