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Improvised Music Company (IMC) is an Arts Council funded resource organisation for Irish and Irish-based jazz musicians, and a specialist promoter of jazz, improvised and ethnic music in Ireland. We produce 4 festivals annually as well as intimate and large scale concerts of Irish and international artists.

Our Mission

IMC’s mission is to nurture and grow the scene for jazz and improvised music in Ireland, support the development of artistic achievement for Irish and Irish-based musicians by advocating for them both at home and abroad, and to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of jazz and related music in Ireland.

Our Vision

We envision a society where jazz and creative improvising musicians have the impetus, freedom and means to create, to be celebrated both domestically and abroad, in a cultural economy where this creativity is acknowledged, valued, appreciated, and rewarded and with dedicated infrastructures in place to showcase and develop this artform.

Our History

Improvised Music Company (IMC) was founded by Irish jazz musicians and supporters in 1991. Today we actively support and promote the Irish jazz scene in every aspect of our work, and have hands-on involvement in many aspects of music making throughout the island, including festival programming, concert promotion, touring, education and audience development.

IMC is a member on Europe Jazz Network (EJN) and the Jazz Promotion Network (JPN) which covers the UK & Ireland.

Read an article about IMC in the Irish Times on the occasion of our 25th anniversary.

Some of our high-profile festivals presenting jazz and world music include;

  • ESB Dublin Jazz Festival: 1999-2003
  • Farmleigh Affair: 2005-2009
  • 12 Points festival: 2007-present
  • Down With Jazz festival: 2012-2017

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