A major task is to establish a competition for jazz composition also with regard to the special focus on “Contemporary Music”. The respective frame concept has already been presented and should be realized in 2009/10. The results of this competition shall be presented to a wide audience in concerts at the University of Musik and Performing Arts Graz and beyond.

In the framework of regular concerts of the series “Monday Night” and “PrimeTimeJazz” students, guest lecturers, teachers and renowned artists are performing in public in connection with an “Artist in Residence” program. In the future, it is planned to organize not only concerts of all KUG jazz ensembles in the subscription cycles of the University of Musik and Performing Arts Graz, at MUMUTH and at T.I.P but also concert tours and exchange concerts of the KUG Jazz Orchestra, among others with Lucerne (CH), Amsterdam (NL) or Katowice (PL). For that end, the cooperation with cultural event organizers such as ORF, Vereinigte Bühnen Graz, Wiener Jazzclub “Porgy & Bess” or the Austrian Composer’s Society (Österreichischer Komponistenbund) shall be intensified.

The activities of the department of jazz in the context of arts-based research shall be supported by increased public relations efforts and improved infrastructure and shall be published in the framework of the series “Klangdebüts” and on the Website.