Artist Submissions

The Beaches International Jazz Festival is one of the largest jazz festivals in North America. It is a highly visible and well-publicized event, drawing close to one million visitors from around the world. The BIJF web site features information about participating artists and provides links to their own web pages.

BIJF is committed to showcasing established and emerging talent representative of all genres of jazz. Artists wishing to perform at the Festival are welcome to electronically submit their press kits (EPKs) with the following information:

  • Biography
  • Links to Music Clips
  • Links to Videos – optional
  • Links to Website and/or EPK site
  • High resolution photos – 1 photo limit

Thank you for your 2015 submissions. We will now be accepting submissions for 2016. Please apply between October 1, 2015 and January 1, 2016 for the 2016 season.

They should be e-mailed attention to the following individuals:

Bill King, Artistic Director
Rico Ferrara, Artistic Coordinator

Exposure for Canadian performing artists and their music is an important component of the Festival’s programming vision. Canadian artists generally represent 95% or more of the Festival’s programming on an annual basis. The Festival has a significant impact on the lives of many of the musicians that have participated in the event. A quick review of any festival program from years gone by indicates the names of performers who have gone on to become established award winning artists on both the Canadian and international jazz music scene.

On an individual basis no artist can replicate the synergy and public exposure generated by this event.

Artists and ensembles/bands are selected through auditions, by submitting press kits and demo sound tracks, or by invitation. Information regarding participation is disseminated through Socan, The Music Directory and other publications and music organizations.

Inclusion in the Festival line-up is not automatic. Performers are chosen not only for the caliber of music that’s presented but for their impact or contribution to the Canadian and/or International jazz music scene.