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The conference will be held January 9-10, 2014 at the Hilton New York Hotel in New York City and will feed into the annual APAP (Association of Performing Arts Presenters) Conference as well as Winter Jazzfest.

Hilton New York
1335 Avenue of the Americas at 54th St.
New York, NY 10019

Thursday, January 9

9:30 – 10:30 am Breakouts

1) Navigating Social Media

Social media experts discuss the basics for effectively utilizing these ever-evolving communication channels, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Youtube, Vine and whatever’s next. Moderator: Ariel Hyatt (Ariel Publicity); Panelists: Melvin Gibbs; Matt Merewitz (Fully Altered Media); Marni Wandner (Sneak Attack Media); Ken Weinstein (Big Hassle)

2) The Role of Education in Presenting Jazz (Presented by JEN)

Jazz education is becoming an increasingly important focus for jazz presenters and organizations. In this session, presented by the Jazz Education Network, presenters discuss how education and outreach figures into their programming and mission. Moderator: Willard Jenkins (Open Sky Jazz); Panelists: Janis Burley Wilson (Pittsburgh Jazz Live); Rob Gibson (Savannah Music Festival); Tim Jackson (Monterey Jazz Festival); Marcus Roberts

3) Spotlight on Germany

A panel consisting of presenters, booking agents, media and other professionals from Germany discuss the unique aspects of the jazz industry and community in that country. Moderator: Wulf Muller (Okeh/Sony); Panelists: Till Bronner; Tina Heine (ELBJAZZ); Matthias Kirsch (JazzRadio Berlin); Catherine Mayer (Just Jazz International; Peter Schulze (JazzAhead)

10:45 – 11:45 am Breakouts

1) The New Paradigm for Record Labels

Labels of all different sizes and types get together to explain how they manage to stay afloat or even thrive in a very different landscape for recording, distribution and sales. And they share tips for self-produced artists. Moderator: Jim Cuomo (Entertainment One Distribution); Panelists: Dave Douglas (Greenleaf Music); Jana Herzen (Motema Music); Seth Rosner (Pi Recordings); Oliver Weindling (Babel)

2) Give to Get: Growing Your Fan Base with Online Content (Presented by All About Jazz)

In a post-scarcity music landscape where audiences have instant access to the greatest recordings of both today and yesterday, how will you convince them to pay attention to your music and become loyal fans and advocates? This panel will discuss ways in which artists, managers, and labels should think about creating and distributing online content in today’s media-soaked world. Moderator: Gary Armstrong; Panelists: Matt Donaruma; David Dufresne (Bandzoogle); Rob Evanoff (1888 Media); Tony Miceli; Jerald Miller (NuJazz Entertainment); Andrew Read (Dot-Time Records)

3) New Models and Streams for Presenting Jazz

A panel of jazz presenters discusses alternative approaches and revenue streams including webcasting, streaming, touring programs, recordings and other new opportunities. Moderator: Marty Ashby (Manchester Craftsmen's Guild); Panelists: Cat Henry (Jazz at Lincoln Center); Josh Jackson (WBGO); Danny Melnick (Absolutely Live Entertainment); Spike Wilner (Smalls Jazz); others TBA

12:15 -1:45 pm Keynote Address & Inspirational Solo Spots

Speakers TBA

2:00 – 3:30 pm Streaming, Downloads & Digital Rights

Representatives from some of the major digital platforms discuss the heated issues around these new outlets for music performance, distribution and airplay. Moderator & Panelists TBA

3:45 – 5:15 pm Connect with the Experts Networking Session

Members of the jazz community get an opportunity to meet face-to-face with influential and experienced industry leaders. Conducted speed-dating style, this session enables jazz artists and professionals to share ideas and resources and also get informed feedback on their own work.

10 am – 4 pm Table-top displays in foyer

Friday, January 10

9:30 -10:30 am Breakouts

1) Jazz Grantmaking

Foundation and arts agency experts explain what jazz funders and grants programs currently emphasize, and how your application for funding can be most competitive. Moderator: Sara Donnelly (BlueSurge Creative); Panelists: Rachel Ford (Doris Duke Performing Artists Award); Darrell Grant; Josh Kohn (Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation); Katja von Schuttenbach (National Endowment of the Arts); Jeanette Vuocolo (Chamber Music America)

2) Radio Promotion & Airplay 101 (Presented by JazzWeek Session 1)

Radio programmers and promotion people share secrets to getting your music played on jazz radio stations and shows. Moderator: Ed Trefzger (JazzWeek); Panelists: Shaunna Machosky (Jazzzdog Promotions); Mark Ruffin (Sirius/XM); Neal Sapper (New World’n’Jazz); Michael Valentine (WDNA)

3) Cutting through the Clutter: An Interactive Session

A panel of experts from various professional sectors (e.g. magazine, web, record company, radio, etc.) will analyze 4 to 5 projects to see if they are ready for prime time and suggest ways to make them better. Members of the jazz community are encouraged to solicit materials. Moderator: Gail Boyd (Gail Boyd Artist Management); Panelists: Jana La Sorte (Janlyn PR); Jon Poses (National Pastimes Productions); others TBA

10:45 – 11:45 am Breakouts

1) Engaging the Jazz Media Gatekeepers (Presented by Jazz Journalists Association)

This session explains how jazz and music journalists decide who and what to cover. This panel also examines the current state of the jazz media and attempts to sort and evaluate the various publications, sites and bloggers. Moderator: Howard Mandel (Jazz Journalists Association); Panelists: Monifa Brown (Shanachie/WBGO); Evan Haga (JazzTimes); J. Michael Harrison (WRTI); Hank Shteamer (TimeOut New York)

2) Radio & the Road (JazzWeek Session 2)

A discussion of how radio airplay and appearances can impact performance opportunities for jazz artists. Moderator: Derrick Lucas (WGMC 90.1 FM); Panelists: Jeff Duperon (WRTI); Matt Fleeger (KMHD Jazz Radio); John Gilbreath (Earshot Jazz); Karen Kennedy (24/7 Management)

3) Expanding the Language of Jazz

Thanks in part to the internet, musicians are incorporating a plethora of sounds from all corners of the globe, resulting in more and more crossover between jazz and world music. This session takes a look at genre-defying artists and professionals who are forging new paths of communication between cultures. Moderator: Alison Loerke (Alia Productions); Panelists: Bogdan Benigar (Cankarjev dom/Ljubliana Jazz Festival); Mehmet Dede (DROM); Amir ElSaffar; Danny Mekonnen; Isabel Yrigoyen (Yerna Buena Center for the Arts)

12:00 – 1:30 pm Jazz Thinkubator

Thought leaders in the jazz community share some ideas and innovations from their particular organization or field. Moderator: Peter Gordon (Thirsty Ear Recordings/Jazz Forward Coalition)

1:45 – 3:15 pm Special Event: Blue Note at 75

Tribute panel to Bruce Lundvall and the legacy of Blue Note, featuring a panel of noted artists and producers Moderator: Ashley Kahn; Panelists: Michael Cuscuna (Mosaic Records); Robert Glasper; Jason Moran; Don Was (Blue Note Records)

10 am – 4 pm Table-top displays in foyer

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