Svensk Jazz (Swedish jazz) previously known as the Swedish Jazz Association, changed its name in 2011 in a bid to highlight its role as a representative of all things jazz related in Sweden. It’s marks a shift and new direction for the union, which now works as an umbrella association that welcomes music organizations of all kinds, festivals, diverse types of organizers and other interests within jazz.
Swedish Jazz is a nonprofit organization that brings together the country's jazz actors. The dominating member category is jazz clubs and the total number of members is now more than 170. Association offers support to members in a variety of areas, and works in this way for jazz as a musical form in Sweden. Through collaboration with other organizations and authorities Swedish Jazz tries to improve and develop jazz operations and the conditions they work under.
Intensive efforts are continuously being made to seek cooperation and support from municipalities, educational associations, county music foundations and sponsors. Swedish Jazz’s primary mission is to support the clubs in this work while its core ambition is to prepare and present large audiences around the country with high-class jazz experiences.
SJR holds an annual jazz parliament where, in addition to customary annual meeting negotiations, the state of jazz and its future is also addressed. In most recent years, jazz parliament has been used to award key individuals and initiatives as a way of stimulating the jazz community. The awards include:
· Jazz County of the year
· The Bassist” sculpture – This goes to an individual who in a valuable way promotes the goals and merits of the association.
· Jazzkannan (Jazz Jug) - goes to a person who strives for innovation in jazz.
· SJR’s Honorary prize goes to a Swedish or foreign individual for their ‘lifelong’ service to jazz.
The Swedish Jazz Association is a member of MAIS (Collaboration of Music Arrangers), that today consists of nine other national non-profit organizations. We are also member of Kulturens Bildningsverksamhet and the international jazz organization Europe Jazz Network. Svensk Jazz is also proud founder of Orkester Journalen.
The Association's highest decision-making body is the annual meeting Jazzriksdagen, which annually elects a board. The Board, in turn, is in charge of the union's office. At the chancellor, or the Jazz office as it is called, there are four employees, with a total of about 2.5 full-time jobs. Karin Inde is the union's business executive.
Every three years, Jazzriksdagen determines the union's 3-year business program. Here you can find out about our current business program. (Swedish only)