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Montreux Jazz Academy

Aware of the difficulties facing artists in order to be able to live from their passion and the demands of the music industry, the Montreux Jazz Artists Foundation wished to develop its mission of supporting up-and-coming talents by creating the Montreux Jazz Academy.

Created in 2014, this intensive artistic residency is based on the Foundation’s values, namely imparting and exchange between generations and cultures, creativity and liberty of expression. Over the course of a week, musicians are brought together during the Montreux Jazz Festival in order to take advantage of the musical effervescence of the event and networking opportunities. They are surrounded and coached by renowned mentors and professionals linked to the world of music in order to benefit from their knowledge and advice.

The musicians invited to join the Academy are selected according to several criteria, in order to have a good group dynamic. We take into account their personality, their mastery, their instrument and their willingness to take artistic risks. Thus, they are selected as much for their personal and artistic qualities as for their instrument, their cultural background and their professional experience.

The next edition of the Academy will take place from 12 to 17 October 2020. The participants will be mentored by 3 members of the American band Snarky Puppy and will have the chance to give a final concert on 17 October at the Fairmont Le Montreux Palace. 


The next edition of the Academy will take place from 12 to 17 October 2020. The participants will be lucky to have 3 musical directors and mentors 3 members of the American band Snarky Puppy. In addition, they will be mentored by the legendary English guitarist John McLaughlin, the talented French drummer Anne Paceo and the gifted American singer China Moses. They will have the chance to give a final concert on 17 October at the Fairmont Le Montreux Palace.


In 2019, the Montreux Jazz Academy took place from 7 to 12 July and brought together 6 musicians from all horizons.  They were lucky enough to be accompanied by a talented mentor and musical director, the American trumpet-player Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah. Two other gifted and well-known mentors coached them in their composition work and in the creative process: Jacob Collier, the British arranger, composer and singer who won 4 Grammy awards, and Wolfgang Flür, one of the founding members of the famous electronic band Kraftwerk.

For one week, Academy’s participants attended a programme that included lectures on music business, meetings with musicians and daily participation in jam sessions. In parallel, the musicians and mentors met daily to prepare a final concert given on 11 July at the Montreux Jazz Club, opening for American trumpet-player, composer and jazz arranger Terence Blanchard.

Directing this year’s Montreux Jazz Academy was an absolute pleasure. The Academy is exactly the kind of opportunity I would like to see in all spaces of music education. The vision and valiantness of its directors is without question. Their willingness to build a reservoir for creative practice in music that welcomes ALL perspectives and looks to new approaches in finding a way to create music that actually brings people together is desperately needed. It is to put it simply “visionary”. I loved every moment of it!

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, 2019 Academy’s Musical director and mentor

In 2019, they were 6 musicians to join the Montreux Jazz Academy : Natasha Agrama, Diego Figueirdo, Amaro Freitas, Højde, Nicolas Stocker, Frida Split.

academy 2019


In 2018, 9 members took part to the Montreux Jazz Academy: Addison Frei, Alexander Lövmark, Kaspar Agnas, Billy Test, Sarah Decker, Felix Lalanne, Andrei Marukhin, Talie Monin et Sang Jun Ahn

They have been mentored by the Norwegian musician Bugge Wesseltoft, the German pianist-composer Hauschka and the American musician, DJ and producer of electronic music and jazz, Carl Craig.

Carl Craig Academy 2018