International Jazz Day 2021 Registration Now Open

Event registration for the worldwide 10th Anniversary celebration of International Jazz Day opened on January 6, with organizers across the globe invited to add their programming to the official calendar.

Registration at is free and open to all who plan to celebrate International Jazz Day on April 30, 2021.

Due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, the Institute encourages organizers to follow all relevant public health directives when planning, promoting and executing their events, and to present virtual/socially-distanced programming where necessary.

Each year, a variety of International Jazz Day programming is curated on and around April 30 by a massive global network of organizers and partners in more than 190 countries. The event size and format is completely up to the organizer, with creativity encouraged. Previously registered events run the gamut from performance-based presentations to community service initiatives, and have included:

  • Concerts
  • Jam sessions
  • Charity fundraisers
  • Art and photo exhibitions
  • Book and poetry readings
  • Academic conferences
  • Workshops and master classes
  • Visits to hospitals, detention centers and elder care homes
  • Radio and television broadcasts
  • Social media tributes
  • Album-release parties
  • Public discussions and debates
  • Special learning units for elementary, middle and high school students
  • Assembly programs
  • Jazz scavenger hunts
  • Jazz-inspired painting and drawing classes
  • Multi-day festivals

…and other events.

In 2020, the coronavirus pandemic precipitated the first-ever virtual celebration of International Jazz Day, with a spectacular Virtual Global Concert receiving over 10 million views. Organizers from every corner of the globe submitted hundreds of socially-distanced tributes in honor of Jazz Day’s positive message. To promote student inclusion, the Institute presented a series of virtual education programs on Facebook Live in all six UN languages.

The 2021 celebration will mark International Jazz Day’s 10th Anniversary. While formal plans to celebrate the milestone are still being developed, organizers are encouraged to utilize the official hashtag, #JazzDay10, when promoting their plans for April 30 on the web and social media. Further details, including information on the 2021 All-Star Global Concert, will be announced early in the new year.

International Jazz Day is the world’s largest celebration of jazz as a force for peace, intercultural dialogue and international cooperation. The Institute is the primary nonprofit partner charged with coordinating the global program on behalf of the United Nations and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).