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Based in Dublin, with partners right across Europe, 12 Points festival showcases young, creative artists in jazz and related music. Our mission is to assist and promote these emerging artists, bringing their music to new audiences. 12 Points Festival alternates between Dublin and other cool European cities.

12 Points lasts four days, with three bands performing each night for 60 minutes each. We also have a nightly festival club, hosted by local musicians from whichever city the festival is taking place in. The artists are invited for the duration of the festival, as we really value the opportunity this creates for everyone to interact.

The first edition of 12 Points took place in Project Arts Centre, Dublin, Ireland, in April 2007.

12 Points is organized by Improvised Music Company, a not for profit jazz producer and resource organization based in Dublin. For information on our other programming activities in Ireland.

Artists are selected by a programming team comprised of IMC in Dublin, advised by our European peer organisations, and relevant venue partners.

12 Points has no hierarchy. All artists stay in the same hotel, eat the same food, use the same equipment and receive the same fees.

12 Points is an ambitious undertaking that would not be possible without the support of a fantastic partnership of funders. 12 Points receives funding from IMC’s main supporter Arts Council Ireland, Culture Ireland, and various cultural bodies, with corporate and private sponsorship. Further funding is realized through multiple European agencies and music organization that support the participation of artists from their respective countries.

No. With the exception of receiving European performances and promotional opportunities through our Zenith Award programme, we do not represent the artists who appear in 12 Points. We will be happy to pass on your details to any festival artists you may want to get in touch with.

Absolutely. To apply for our volunteer programme, contact us at

Find a detailed description of 12 Points. There are extensive artist archives and media archives on this website.

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