The Melbourne Jazz Co-operative is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to supporting and promoting original live jazz performance by established and emerging artists in Melbourne. Since 1983 our objectives have been to increase the exposure of contemporary jazz performance by making it accessible to audiences, and to provide award waged performance opportunities for emerging and established artists.
In addition to support derived from member contributions, the MJC is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and the Victorian Government, through Creative Victoria, via its Arts Development Programs, and by APRA/AMCOS.
Formed in 1983, the Melbourne Jazz Co-operative has been supporting jazz and improvised music continuously for over 30 years. Since presenting the Browne- Costello-Grabowsky Trio at its inaugural concert in January 1983, the MJC has presented around two and a half thousand performances featuring many of Australia’s most respected musicians from Melbourne and interstate, as well as a number of expatriates and international artists. Since 1998, the MJC has presented an average of 110 performances featuring over 100 different ensembles and over 300 musicians per annum.
The MJC has premiered several significant new projects, including the Paul Grabowsky Orchestra (forerunner to the Australian Art Orchestra) and Andrea Keller’s Bartok Project. The MJC has also debuted interstate acts, providing a vital link to touring musicians and exposing Melbourne audiences to the best jazz from across the country. Of note, the MJC provided Melbourne debuts for The Necks, the Catholics, Sandy Evans, the Mike Nock Quartet and Bernie McGann Quartet.
In addition, the MJC is responsible for bringing jazz in concert format to the Melbourne Festival since 1992, and in 1997 the MJC founded the Melbourne International Women’s Jazz Festival, which it directed and presented until 2004 The core of the MJC’s work, however, is to provide opportunities for local musicians to present new work in key Melbourne venues. While the MJC regularly presents well known, established artists, it is also committed to developing young talent. In recent years the MJC has supported performances by Melbourne’s most significant emerging artists, including Marc Hannaford, Sam Anning, Shannon Barnett, Aaron Choulai, Gian Slater and Joseph O’Connor.
The MJC has presented one the largest continuous programs of its type in Australia, and as such, remains a key entity in Melbourne’s diverse arts community. The MJC assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and the Victorian Government, through Creative Victoria, via its Arts Development Programs, and by APRA/AMCOS.