We made massive cuts to our venue directory last week, pruning venues that had no associated events and identifying venues that have not uploaded or exported an event to JNY in the last four years. These venues have been marked as "dormant," removed from the active list but can be reactivated by simply uploading an event to Jazz Near You. Of course, we want all active jazz presenters on board and uploading events regularly as our 85,000+ subscribers are eager to discover who is playing where and when. We have 34,506 subscribers in New York metro alone, so placing your events (with your ticket link) in front of them for free is a good move. At the end of the day, our readers and subscribers want to see a comprehensive calendar of events, AAJ has the ability to deliver it to them, so help us help you and explore ways
to freely list your events in our calendar.
The aforementioned clean-up effort reduced the total number of active venues in our database by 65%. We also added more robust administrative features to Jazz Near You so admins can quickly merge duplicate venue listings, mark a venue as permanently closed, or deactivate one completely.
As we increase batch importing via ticketing feeds, there is a greater likelihood we will import the occasional non-jazz event. Not ideal, but we read ticketing feeds to fill in the gaps left by non-participating venues. We're working on a solution to greatly reduce the likelihood of this occurring, but it will take time.
All About Jazz writer and Rochester resident Scott Gudell
was instrumental in identifying closed venues in his hometown. Between his efforts and the work described above, we reduced the total number of active Rochester venues
to a manageable 57. It also made our venue finder
much more useful. Give it a try.
Just prior to COVID, Jazz Near You was listing events to the tune of 72,000+ a year. Once the pandemic struck, the number plummeted to 30,000. Many venues, like Jazz Standard, permanently closed while several remaining venues changed ticketing platforms that Jazz Near You is attempting to account for by identifying the new event management systems used by jazz venues and presenters. Through our efforts in 2023, we're making significant progress to return to pre-COVID numbers, which means a more comprehensive and useful jazz calendar for all.
Jazz at Lincoln Center has resumed exporting their events to Jazz Near You (including all from Dizzy's Club, Rose Theater and the Appel Room). Look for their events in the calendar and of course on the Dizzy's listing page
. We also completed the VenuePilot (ticketing platform) as well as the GroupMuse (home concert platform) imports (learn more here
Lastly, we added a convenient link to a map of your local venues and we also display the total number of venues in your area on your local venue directory page. Speaking of maps, we added a map of today's events to your Jazz Near You home page
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