Take part in the Toots Challenge

One of the greatest Belgian musicians of all time was born 100 years ago in Brussels. He conquered the international jazz scene and  left a great impression everywhere … with his musicality, his inspiring and warm personality.

What does he mean today for musicians of different generations? Do the musicians who were born when he was already very old, or even no longer with us, still know him?

The Toots Challenge explores this by challenging them to work with his music and share their own interpretation with the widest possible audience!

Feeling challenged ?

Send the MIM (Musical Instruments Museum) your version or interpretation of a Toots song or your own composition that you came up with as a tribute to this musician (image and sound, maximum 3 minutes, mp4, short bio and motivation).

Choose the language, instrument(s) and company you feel comfortable with. We will show your entry in and through the MIM. Every week the MIM will invite their visitors to choose a nominee.

On 25 June 2022, the winners will present their version to a jury, which will reward the best with… a performance on a Brussels stage!

Toots Thielemans


Share your contribution before 20 June 2022 so it can be shown to the MIM visitors and they can vote for you to get your place in the final on 25 June 2022.

One address: vasb@zvz.or, please mention “Toots Challenge” in the subject and send your file via a download link (WeTransfer).

Additional questions welcome at vasb@zvz.or.