Matchmaking

Session 1      12:30 - 13:30

One of the official networking moments during inJazz are the Matchmaking sessions. Musicians, managers, label owners, media professionals, journalists and festival organisers meet each other in the private networking location . You need to register online for these matchmaking sessions after registering for the conference.

The Matchmaking sessions registration form is now closed. It is no longer possible to apply in advance. If you have applied for our Matchmaking programme you will receive an email with your Matchmaking schedule before the start of inJazz.

Good news: we have some spots left! It is possible to apply for one of these Matchmaking sessions during the conference at LantarenVenster. Please note that not all professionals are still available for a session. Go to the Concert Hall on Friday 23 June and get introduced to one of the professionals who are still available for a chat. First come, first serve.

Raluca Baicu

Romanian Jazz Network , Romania

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Dineke Bogchelman

Hot House Leiden , The Netherlands

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Brahim El Mazned

Festival Timitar , Morocco

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Aurélie Fontaine

music: LX , Luxembourg

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Serge Julien

Programmer Jazz Festival Delft , The Netherlands

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Robbert Kamphuis

Chairman Jazz in Wageningen , The Netherlands

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Bindu De Knock

Crosslink Legal , The Netherlands

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John Kreuger

John J.A. Kreuger Agency , The Netherlands

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Ben Ling

Bureau Export French Music , France

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Susanne Moed

Dutch Performing Arts , The Netherlands

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Barry Olthof

O.A.P. Records , The Netherlands

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Robert van der Padt

Bird Call Bookings , The Netherlands

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Aron van der Ploeg

The Missing Sync , The Netherlands

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Ros Rigby

Europe Jazz Network , United Kingdom

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Paul Rijntjes

Merwede Jazz Festival , The Netherlands

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Hendrik de Ryker

Rockoco Belgium , Belgium

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Sebastian Scotney

London Jazz News , United Kingdom

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Floor Visser

Amersfoort Jazz Festival , The Netherlands

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Linda Waal

Stroom Management , The Netherlands

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John Weijers

Zennez Records / Moon River Music , The Netherlands

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Patrice Zeegers

JINJazz Nijmegen , The Netherlands

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Raluca Baicu

Organisation: Romanian Jazz Network
Country: Romania

Raluca Baicu actively takes part in the international jazz sector as a cultural economist, a researcher, jazz journalist, co-founder and president of the Romanian Jazz Network. Background: professionally trained in classical and jazz clarinet performance, and holds an MA in Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship from Erasmus University Rotterdam.


Dineke Bogchelman

Organisation: Hot House Leiden
Country: The Netherlands

Hot House Leiden organizes up to eleven concerts in the period from October to April. As programmer Dineke Bogchelman mainly focuses on acoustic instrumental jazz and improvised music from national, small acts.


Brahim El Mazned

Organisation: Festival Timitar
Country: Morocco

Brahim El Mazned is the artistic director of the Timitar Festival of World Music, mainly dedicated to the Amazigh culture which he has made known all over the world, and which has become one of the major events of world music. While ensuring the promotion of Amazigh (Berber) culture, the festival hosts more than 600 artists and receives about half a million spectators each year. Now, after more than twenty years of activity in the Moroccan cultural world, Brahim El Mazned is an essential point of reference when it comes to programming music from Morocco and the world and organising major artistic events.


Aurélie Fontaine

Organisation: music: LX
Country: Luxembourg

music:LX is a non-profit organization and network, created in 2009 with the aim to develop Luxembourgish music of all genres around the world and to promote professional exchange between Luxembourg and other territories.
Aurélie Fontaine is a project manager at music:LX, the Luxembourg Export Office, whose aim is to promote Luxembourgish artists on international scale. Her main activity consists in developing jazz, pop, rock and electronic music.


Serge Julien

Organisation: Programmer Jazz Festival Delft
Country: The Netherlands

Serge Julien is one of the programmers at Jazz Festival Delft. Furthermore he is a freelance lyricist, copywriter, webeditor, journalist and music promoter. Every year he is responsible for the Who’s Who’s At North Sea Jazz brochure and is asked to write album reviews for multiple online magazines. He likes to discover national and international talent, like the Mexican artists Magos Herrera and Alex Mercando, whom he brought to the Netherlands.


Robbert Kamphuis

Organisation: Chairman Jazz in Wageningen
Country: The Netherlands

Robbert Kamphuis is an artist/designer and organizer. Since 2010 he has organized Jazz concerts in the Netherlands in collaboration with Jasper Somsen. Robbert is chairman of the Jazz in Wageningen foundation. This non-profit foundation organizes high-level concerts for contemporary Jazz music.


Bindu De Knock

Organisation: Crosslink Legal
Country: The Netherlands

Bindu De Knock specializes in copyrights of authors and musicians, neighbouring rights, trademark law, law relating to designs, trade names, unlawful competition, commercials and commercial contracts. She represents clients working in the music and entertainment industry, the art world, the creative industry and consumer products (fashion & design). Bindu advises and litigates in the field of intellectual possession and contract rights, including negotiating and drafting contracts.


John Kreuger

Organisation: John J.A. Kreuger Agency
Country: The Netherlands

In 2010 John Kreuger decided to set up his own agency after 15 years of tour management: the John JA Kreuger Agency. He works with both national and international (mainly Jazz) artists and has an extensive Dutch and international network. John also produces both jazz and classical programs for Dutch and American radio stations.


Ben Ling

Organisation: Bureau Export French Music
Country: France

As a project manager, Ben Ling works for Bureau Export in Berlin, helping to develop the careers of French artists in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Poland. After working as a PR for independent labels in London from 2006-2009, Ben started working for the Bureau Export London as a label relations project manager. In 2010 he settled in the Berlin office, developing contacts and networks in the live music industry.


Susanne Moed

Organisation: Dutch Performing Arts
Country: The Netherlands

Susanne Moed is programme manager at Dutch Performing Arts, a programme that promotes Dutch music, theatre and dance on the international stage. The programme is powered by the Performing Arts Fund NL. Together with Injazz, Dutch Peforming Arts organises an international visitors’ programme during Injazz to present Dutch music tot international presenters. Furthermore, Dutch Performing Arts organises showcases (such as the October Meeting together with Bimhuis in 2016) and promotes the Dutch jazz scene at key events like Jazzahead and Womex, together with respectively Injazz and World Music Forum NL. In 2017 Dutch Performing Arts & Jazz Promotion Network started the focus programme Going Dutch to promote and support Dutch jazz music in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.


Barry Olthof

Organisation: O.A.P. Records
Country: The Netherlands

O.A.P. Records is dedicated to reproducing music in its clearest and purest form. These open and direct recordings bring listeners into the music.
Recording producer and sound engineer Barry Olthof has been responsible for the realization and recording of many CD albums, resulting in an extensive set of recordings in various musical styles.
The label is inspired by the drive to work with national and international musicians to make top quality recordings in the fields of Jazz and World Music. Barry Olthof has worked for nearly 20 years as a freelance sound engineer and has recorded various CD albums for many labels and artists. He has recorded and produced 35 CD albums for O.A.P. Records so far.


Robert van der Padt

Organisation: Bird Call Bookings
Country: The Netherlands

Robert van der Padt is an artist and a booking agent. In 2015 Robert founded Bird Call Bookings to support new cross-over jazz groups with their bookings. He has a Master’s degree in Music (piano) and works as a booking agent for his own bands. The group EvenSanne convinced him to start booking for other parties and ever since then he has been their booking agent and manager. He also coaches and advises various bands in the Netherlands. At the end of 2016 he was hired by the Conservatory of Maastricht as Booking Agent Jazz, in support of their Cultural Entrepreneurship.


Aron van der Ploeg

Organisation: The Missing Sync
Country: The Netherlands

Aron van der Ploeg (1971) is managing partner at music agency The Missing Sync. This Amsterdam-based agency specializes in finding, producing and licensing music for advertising campaigns, film and television. The company also offers a wide range of publishing services for both upcoming and established artists and composers. The Missing Sync’s clients include many major international brands such as Volkswagen, Martini, IKEA, BMW, T-Mobile, Samsung and Heineken. Their artists’ music can also be heard in multiple series & trailers such as Californication, Suits, NCIS, Weeds and The Beauty & The Beast.


Ros Rigby

Organisation: Europe Jazz Network
Country: United Kingdom

Ros Rigby is an experienced music promoter and the first Performance Programme Director for the groundbreaking music venue Sage Gateshead in the northeast of England, as well as producer of the Gateshead International Jazz Festival. She is President of Europe Jazz Network, which involves over 118 organisations from 35 countries across Europe.


Paul Rijntjes

Organisation: Merwede Jazz Festival
Country: The Netherlands

Merwede Jazz is a company that promotes music in general and jazz in particular. Merwede Jazz represented the Dutch jazz quartet JazzSmach and organises the summer festival Merwede Music Festival in Nieuwegein. Merwede Jazz also advises Stadstheater De Kom about their jazz programme.


Hendrik de Ryker

Organisation: Rockoco Belgium
Country: Belgium

Hendrik has been working in the music industry for 12 years now, mainly as a manager. At the Belgian management agency ‘Rockoco’ he supports the following acts: Hoera. (Thursday at inJazz), STUFF., Hiele, Liesa van der Aa, granvat and Amatorski. In 2015 he founded the label ‘buteo buteo’ and he is also the founder and organizer of the festival ‘Deep in the Woods’.


Sebastian Scotney

Organisation: London Jazz News
Country: United Kingdom

Sebastian Scotney is the founder and editor of London Jazz News. He has also written for the Daily Telegraph, Allaboutjazz and The Arts Desk. He is a regular contributor to Jazzthetik (Germany) and has made and presented documentary features and broadcasts on current topics for BBC Radio3 and JazzFM. He also writes, edits and translates sleevenotes and press materials from both French and German into English for a variety of European jazz labels and promoters. He has also worked as a Professor at the Royal College of Music, teaching Professional Skills to postgraduates.


Floor Visser

Organisation: Amersfoort Jazz Festival
Country: The Netherlands

For many years now, Floor Visser has been working for a variety of small and large festivals and events. She is responsible for producing, coordinating, stage managing and artist hospitality. She has been active in the Jazz industry for many years and works closely together with Maxanter Music Productions as well as under the name of her own company: ‘First Floor Productions’, operating as a representative for Jazz festivals and venues, artists and groups.


Linda Waal

Organisation: Stroom Management
Country: The Netherlands

Stroom Management aims to be a 360 degree independent marketing & business tool made by and for musicians. We take care of protecting our artists, acting and reacting on their behalf in dealings with external partners such as agents, labels, publishers and media, in order to market our artists’ creativity. We have more than 10 years of international experience in the field of recordings and live music. Our goal is to let our artists’ creativity blossom by unburdening them and taking care of their business interests.


John Weijers

Organisation: Zennez Records / Moon River Music
Country: The Netherlands

John Weijers is the founder of ZenneZ Records. He is also a marketeer by nature, musician at heart, full time entrepreneur, part time philosopher and mountain biker, and the son of a salesman.


Patrice Zeegers

Organisation: JINJazz Nijmegen
Country: The Netherlands

Patrice Zeegers (1967) is presenter for JINJazz Nijmegen. JINjazz Organizes 20-30 jazzconcerts per year: focus is on colaboration with ArtEZ Conservatory, Young talent, Regional musicians and Dutch artists.
Presenter for Jazz concerts at De Kaaij (Nijmegen) and part of Easter Jazz Nijmegen.
Advisor for the Festival Jazz International Nijmegen
Besides this Patrice Zeegers is maneger for Raad Van Toezicht, Pierre Courbois. In the past he was business director for BikBentBraam and booking agent at The Knitting Factory .


Session 2      15:00 - 16:00

Frank van Berkel

Jazz International Rotterdam , The Netherlands

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Mike Bindraban

Good Music Company , The Netherlands

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Götz Bühler

Membram.net / Jazz Thing / Jazz & The City Salzburg , Germany

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Sunna Gunnlaugs

Reykjavik Jazz Festival , Iceland

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Emily Jones

Cheltenham Jazz Festival , United Kingdom

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Marcel Kranendonk

Chariman of Venue Union VIP , The Netherlands

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Jan de Leeuw

Programmer Jazz Festival Delft , The Netherlands

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Jean-Paul Mendelsohn

X Jazz Festival , Germany

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Steve Mead

Manchester Jazz Festival , United Kingdom

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Jan Ole Otnæs

Nasjonal Jazzscene , Norway

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Clotilde Rullaud

Madeleine & Salomon , France

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Nigel Slee

Jazz North , United Kingdom

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Jasper Somsen

Programmer Jazz in Wageningen , The Netherlands

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Maaike van Steenis

Succesvol Ondernemen Als Creatief (Successful entrepreneurship for creative professionals) , The Netherlands

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Bram Stoeken

Stichting Delft Jazz , The Netherlands

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Mik Torfs

Jazzlab Series , Belgium

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Martijn Verlinden

Challenge Records , The Netherlands

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Wim Wabbes

Handelsbeurs Gent , Belgium

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Maaike Wuyts

Aubergine Management , Belgium

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Hans Zuiderbaan

Porgy en Bess , The Netherlands

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Frank van Berkel

Organisation: Jazz International Rotterdam
Country: The Netherlands

Frank van Berkel is a freelance music program manager, working for Concertgebouw De Doelen Rotterdam, Jazz International Rotterdam, LantarenVenster Rotterdam and LUX Nijmegen. Frank is the artistic manager of Jazz International Rotterdam and Jazz International Nijmegen. He also manages New Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra, a collective of the most original next generation of today’s Dutch musicians. As a member of the advisory committee for music of the Dutch Performing Arts Fund, Frank is involved in assessing music projects that have applied for financial support.


Mike Bindraban

Organisation: Good Music Company
Country: The Netherlands

Mike Bindraban (1980) is director of the international Good Music Company, programmer Jazz & Pop at Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam and programme director of the new MJAZZ Mondriaan Jazz Festival, The Hague. Good Music Company is agent for Snarky Puppy, Avishai Cohen, Erik Truffaz, Tigran, Mark Guiliana, Makaya McCraven and more.


Götz Bühler

Organisation: Membram.net / Jazz Thing / Jazz & The City Salzburg
Country: Germany

Götz Bühler is a journalist (Jazz thing), presenter (WDR 3, ByteFM) and label manager (Membran/MustHaveJazz; Jacob Collier, Ed Motta et al) from Hamburg, Germany. An avid record collector, he has been involved with music and its business ever since working in a record shop from the age of 13 via co-leading the label Soulciety, producing and presenting a “Soul and Jazz” TV program on VIVAII, and ghostwriting, translating and editing several books, among them “American Jazz Heroes” which has recently won the ECHO Jazz Award.


Sunna Gunnlaugs

Organisation: Reykjavik Jazz Festival
Country: Iceland

Sunna Gunnlaugs has been co-directing the Reykjavík Jazz Festival with Leifur Gunnarsson since 2015. She is an internationally acclaimed pianist and composer. She lived in New York for 12 years before returning to Iceland in 2005.


Emily Jones

Organisation: Cheltenham Jazz Festival
Country: United Kingdom

Emily Jones is currently programming and producing for one of the UK’s largest jazz festivals, as a Festival Manager for Cheltenham Jazz Festival. Previous positions include the Barbican Centre and Town Hall Symphony Hall, covering classical music, world, jazz and folk. Emily is a fellow of Oxford Contemporary Music’s BOOM programme, a board member for the Jazz Promotion Network and Vice Chair of the cross-genre ensemble Engines Orchestra.


Marcel Kranendonk

Organisation: Chariman of Venue Union VIP
Country: The Netherlands

Marcel Kranendonk works as a fundraiser for projects and festivals, musicians and composers. He has experience with venues and as a booking agent. He coaches young musicians and is the creative producer and chairman of the Jazz venue association VIP.


Jan de Leeuw

Organisation: Programmer Jazz Festival Delft
Country: The Netherlands

At the moment Jan de Leeuw works as programmer at Jazz Festival Delft. Since the eighties he has been active in the field of programming, public relations and events for the cultural/art and recreation sector.
He used to work for ‘Stichting De Confrontatie’, ‘ANWB’, his own company ‘Haagsche Peper’, ‘Jazz in Duketown’ and was successfully active as campaign manager for the ‘Haagse Stadspartij’ (The pollical party ‘The Hague City’). He has been working as promoter for multiple artists like Trumpet player Maite Hontelé, Jazzformation Quincey and pianist Edgar van Asselt.


Jean-Paul Mendelsohn

Organisation: X Jazz Festival
Country: Germany

Jean-Paul Mendelsohn’s passion for music was ignited when he started playing the saxophone and clarinet in different projects. He is managing director of the XJAZZ Festival – the largest Jazz festival in Berlin. While studying Law & Economics he co-curated a unique festival with a contemporary understanding of Jazz music by including sub genres such as electronic, improvised and new classical music as well as singer/songwriter. He is an “accelerator” for Jazz also working as an artist’s manager and consultant.


Steve Mead

Organisation: Manchester Jazz Festival
Country: United Kingdom

Steve Mead is Artistic Director/CEO and co-founder (in 1996) of the Manchester Jazz Festival, where he has pioneered initiatives for talent and audience development, commissioning new work and has led on Arts Council England, Local Authority and Trust funding bids. These achievements have garnered such acknowledgements as the Europe Jazz Network Award for Adventurous Programming (2016), the PRS for Music Foundation’s Talent Development Partner Award (2016 & 17) and the EJN’s Artistic Director’s Exchange Award (2017).


Jan Ole Otnæs

Organisation: Nasjonal Jazzscene
Country: Norway

Jan Ole Otnæs – Managing Director, Nasjonal jazzscene – Victoria, Oslo.
His career as a jazz promoter started in 1969 when he presented Keith Jarrett Trio in his hometown. Jan Ole became the first director of Bodø Kulturhus; a two venue performing space in Bodø in 1991. He was asked to take over as Artistic Director of Molde Int Jazz Festival in 2001, a position he held until August 2013, when he took over as managing director of Nasjonal Jazzscene a 300 cap venue in Victoria, Oslo – presenting four concerts per week.


Clotilde Rullaud

Organisation: Madeleine & Salomon
Country: France

Clotilde is a French performer, vocalist, flutist, author, and composer.
Her two last albums got a string of rave reviews from magazines and radio shows across the world. Her artistic approach stands at the crossroads of various musical influences. Poetry and the inner music of words also hold a key place in her artistic world. Clotilde aims, above all, to challenge what can be done with song and with the voice in order to reach her full expression, escaping from standard configurations to express her love for freedom. “Her true purpose: challenging both song and voice in order to reach their full expression.” Obari Toshio – JazzCritics (JP)


Nigel Slee

Organisation: Jazz North
Country: United Kingdom

Nigel is currently exploring the opportunities to broadcast pre-recorded content on social media using simple digital devices and open source software. Nigel shares the Creative Director role at Jazz North, the jazz development agency for the north of England, with Steve Mead, artistic director MJF. Nigel is a double bass player and was part of the first wave of students to study for a Jazz Degree at Leeds College of Music.


Jasper Somsen

Organisation: Programmer Jazz in Wageningen
Country: The Netherlands

Dutch double bass player / composer / producer Jasper Somsen (1973) studied Jazz and Classical double bass at the Conservatories of Utrecht and Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Jasper performs all around the world and he can be heard on more than 30 albums. He is frequently invited as a guest lecturer at the Conservatories in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht and Arnhem. He is the programmer of the concert series Jazz in Wageningen in his hometown of Wageningen.


Maaike van Steenis

Organisation: Succesvol Ondernemen Als Creatief (Successful entrepreneurship for creative professionals)
Country: The Netherlands

Maaike van Steenis is based in Rotterdam where she has her own business. She has been working in the cultural sector for over 10 years now. Maaike van Steenis specialises in coaching artists and creative entrepreneurs. She believes in positive change in light of the marketing of parties in the creative industries.


Bram Stoeken

Organisation: Stichting Delft Jazz
Country: The Netherlands

Bram Stoeken has been a board member of the Jazz Festival Delft foundation since 2006. He has a passion for experimental forms of improvised music.


Mik Torfs

Organisation: Jazzlab Series
Country: Belgium

Mik Torfs worked for different kinds of music organisations and venues before becoming the director of JazzLab Series. JazzLab Series is a platform for Belgian jazz and as such organises concert tours and network events. We are increasingly engaging in international projects.


Martijn Verlinden

Organisation: Challenge Records
Country: The Netherlands

Martijn Verlinden works as a booking agent for the New Arts Agency and is A&R Jazz at Challenge Records.


Wim Wabbes

Organisation: Handelsbeurs Gent
Country: Belgium

Wim Wabbes is creative director and programmer at Handelsbeurs Gent. Handelsbeurs Gent is a venue offering  a diversity of genres. As visitor you can expect a string quartet, playing Beethoven one day and songs from Balthazar the next.


Maaike Wuyts

Organisation: Aubergine Management
Country: Belgium

Maaike Wuyts is founder and manager of Aubergine Artist Management and Product Expert Jazz at visit.brussels.
In 2006, after working as artistic coordinator at Artcentre nOna in Mechelen, Maaike Wuyts decided to set up her own management agency. She advises and supports artists with the development of their careers. In addition to her management career, Maaike Wuyts works as an executive producer of festivals, both nationally and internationally. Festivals such as Klarafestival in KVS (2006), the Fast Forward festival in KVS (2009) and the Druga Godba Festival (2013,14 & 15) in Slovenia.


Hans Zuiderbaan

Organisation: Porgy en Bess
Country: The Netherlands

Hans Zuiderbaan is both chairman and programmer of Jazz at ‘Porgy en Bess’. ‘Porgy en Bess’ is one of the oldest Jazz venues in The Netherlands.


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