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First Annual Jazz Industry Day Conference scheduled for September 13 in Philadelphia


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A coalition of Philadelphia jazz organizations including representatives from WRTI 90.1 FM, Temple Performing Arts Center, Philadelphia Jazz Project, Jazz Lives Philadelphia, SOUTH Jazz Kitchen and All About Jazz & Jazz Near You are hosting the first annual Jazz Industry Day at Temple Performing Arts Center on Thursday, September 13th from 11:00am to 6:30pm with an after party scheduled at SOUTH Jazz Kitchen following the conference.

The one-day conference will represent a gathering place for musicians, industry professionals, and educators to learn, network, exchange ideas, discover local resources, and celebrate two living legends of Philadelphia Jazz: saxophonists Bootsie Barnes and Larry McKenna.

The day's events will include a meet the experts / round-table session (noon to 2:00pm), a networking event (2:00pm to 4:00pm) as well as a performance & awards ceremony (4:30pm to 6:30pm).

This first event of its kind in Philadelphia, our hope is to bring the entire jazz community together in one place to help expand professional networks, help aspiring muicians learn best practices from industry experts, foster business collaborations, raise awareness of resources, all with the continued goal of building a more cohesive jazz community that's beneficial to all.

Who Should Attend

Musicians, students, concert & festival presenters, journalists & media, radio programmers, record label reps, publicists, recording engineers/studio owners, managers, and agents. Essentially, anyone with a professional connection to jazz.

Please join us for this one day event by RSVPing here.



Conference & Performance
Thursday, September 13, 2018
11:00am to 6:30pm

Conference Schedule

  • 11:00am. Doors open to all attendees;
  • 12 noon to 2:00pm. Round table/Meet the experts session in the Chapel of Four Chaplains;
  • 12:30pm to 1:30pm. Chamber Music America presentation for jazz artists and presenters at WRTI's performance studio (walking map);
  • 2:00pm to 4:00pm. Jazz industry networking and exhibition in the TPAC lobby;
  • 4:15pm. Food & beverage bar opens;
  • 4:30pm to 6:30pm. Performance and awards ceremony at Rite of Swing Jazz Café.

Meet The Experts

Roundtable discussions are scheduled from 12 noon to 2pm in the Chapel of Four Chaplains (downstairs).

If you plan to attend Meet the Experts, RSVP, then register here.

Topics & Experts:

Stage Presence
Lovett Hines, Artistic Director, The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts

Entrepreneurship For Artists
Candace Kilstein, Candace Kilstein Production

Matthew Jurasek & Maureen McFadden, Senior Publicist & Director of New Media, DL Media

Sarah Leonard, Consultant, Brilliance Media

Radio and Music Ecosystem
J. Michael Harrison, Host, WRTI “The Bridge" and Bill Johnson, General Manager, WRTI

Recording In The Studio
Anthony Tidd, Jazz Artistic Advisor, Kimmel Center

Grant Writing
Celeste DiNucci, Director of Strategy and Development, Ars Nova Workshop

Finding Your Niche As A Freelance Artist
Steve Rice, Composer, Publisher, Musician, Recording Artist and Bobby Zankel, Executive Director of Warriors of the Wonderful Sound, musician, educator

Self Management Tips
Gail Boyd, Gail Boyd Artist Management

Negotiations, Contracts, and Getting Paid
Tim Warfield


Jazz Cafe exhibitors include: WRTI, Philadelphia Jazz Project, Jazz Lives Philadelphia, All About Jazz & Jazz Near You, Jazz Bridge, Ars Nova Workshop, University of the Arts, Jazz Philadelphia, Lifeline Music Coalition, Talking Jazz with Eric Mintel, Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts, Ticketleap, Ampersand Productions, South Jersey Jazz Society, Rittenhouse Soundworks, Bandwagon Excursions, and Dreambox Media.

Rite of Swing Jazz Café Free Concert

The More I See You (Cellar Live, 2018) album release show featuring Bootsie Barnes and Larry McKenna, saxophones; Lucas Brown, organ, and Byron Landham, drums.
4:30am to 6:30pm

Conference & Concert Location

Temple Performing Arts Center
1837 N Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19122

Getting there / Parking

  • Parking options: 15 Street Parking Lot (Across the street from The Temple Performing Arts Center); The Liacouras Garage at 15th Street between Cecil B. Moore Ave. and W. Montgomery Ave.
  • SEPTA rail to the Temple University train station (8 minute walk)
  • SEPTA Broad Street Line to Cecil B. Moore Station (4 minute walk)
  • SEPTA bus (4 or 16) to Broad and Polett (bus stop is right out front)

After Party Location

SOUTH Jazz Kitchen
600 N Broad St
Philadelphia, PA 19130
7:00pm to 9:00pm

The Jazz Industry Day celebration continues with an after-party and a performance at SOUTH. Enjoy an hors d’oeuvres special until 9pm, compliments of SOUTH and Jazz Philadelphia. Use discount code “JazzDay” or show your Jazz Industry Day name tag and save (Limited to first 50 requests. Email Harry to reserve your spot). At 9pm join us for the performance of Marcus Myers and Ode to Omni at SOUTH. This Philadelphia-based collective of young musicians has forged a fresh, genre-defying sound to deliver a message that’s inspiring and transformative. Tickets are available here. Use the promo code “JazzDay” to receive special discount.

Mike Stern Concert at Ardmore Music Hall

Show your name tag or mention discount code “JazzDay" and get $9 off the advance price or $15 off the DOS price for the Mike Stern show at the Ardmore Music Hall. You can order your tickets in advance and use discount code “JazzDay." Purchase tickets now. $29 Advance / $35 Day of Show.

Ardmore Music Hall
23 East Lancaster Avenue
Ardmore, PA 19003
(610) 649-8389

Hotel Accommodations

Spending the night? The Conwell Inn is located on Temple University campus. More info.

1331 Polett Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19122
[email protected]

About Jazz Industry Day

Jazz Industry Day is a one day forum for presenters, artists, educators, media, and organizations. Our goal is to create a more connected, impactful, and thriving jazz community through an annual event held in Philadelphia.

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