Lead partner: Improvised Music Company (IE)
Artform: Performing Arts
Year funded: 2011
Funding strand: 1.2.1 Cooperation Measures
Community grant: €161,200


Culture Ireland (IE), Fundacao da Casa da Musica (PT)


12 Points! is a critically acclaimed annual festival and showcase for emerging European jazz talent. It takes place in Dublin every two years and moves to European partner cities in alternate years.

  • 12 Points! is designed to showcase 12 young European jazz ensembles, loosely in the mid 20s to early 30s age bracket.
  • 12 Points! aims to create a unique networking opportunity for its participants, with opportunities for informal musical and social encounters as well as showcase performances before an audience that includes the elite of European jazz professionals.
  • 12 Points! is a resource for festival bookers and jazz media  who seek an intensive, high quality pan European showcase of emerging ensembles.
  • Through its funding model, all ensembles participate on an equal footing, attending for the 4 days duration of the festival, to allow a high-level of social interaction with their fellow participants.
Testimonial from the Irish Partner

12 Points! has been an enabling experience for IMC, allowing us to bring our artistic vision for emerging artists to a pan-european scale, and exploiting our modest resources through the support of EACEA and our many partners in the project. Based as we are in relatively peripheral EU location, the project places the the world of a small Irish organization in a very broad European context, transcending national borders,  and providing us with a unique forum in which to develop opportunities for Irish artists to compete in the European market. Through the project, IMC has become synonymous amongst our fellow professionals throughout Europe as an authoritative source of expertise and up to date information on emerging jazz artists.

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