Jazz Connect Conference at APAP|NYC 2014 to Feature Networking and Mentoring Sessions

Jazz community to convene January 9-10, 2014 at Hilton New York Hotel

The Jazz Connect Conference at APAP|NYC 2014, organized by JazzTimes in conjunction with the Jazz Forward Coalition, has announced that the event will include two different networking and mentoring sessions. One of the largest gatherings of the professional jazz community, the Jazz Connect Conference will be held January 9-10, 2014 at the Hilton New York in New York City and will feed into the annual APAP (Association of Performing Arts Presenters) Conference as well as Winter Jazzfest.

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Jana La Sorte of Ambassadora is organizing an “Ask the Experts” networking session in which emerging artists and professionals can meet 1:1 for 10 minutes with various jazz professionals in four categories: Recording, Management & Legal; Booking & Touring; Publicity, Promotion & Airplay; Marketing & Distribution. That session will be held on Thursday, January 9 at 3:45 pm. Interested parties should send an e-mail to [email protected] specifying the categories they would like to participate in.

In addition, the conference program includes a reprise of the “Cutting Through the Clutter” session, hosted by Gail Boyd, in which a panel of esteemed artist development professionals (manager, agent, record label, venue/festival, et al) evaluate artists and their projects – including the music and the marketing. Any artist interested in submitting their music to be part of this session should send a request to [email protected]

Ben Cameron, Program Director for the Arts at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, will be the keynote speaker for the conference. In addition to Cameron’s address, the keynote plenary session will feature short inspirational presentations or “solos” by jazz professionals and artists, including Wendy Oxenhorn (Jazz Foundation of America), Eddie Palmieri, Patricia Parker (Arts for Art), Meghan Stabile (Revive Music Group) and Janis Burley Wilson (Pittsburgh Cultural Trust). Focusing on the conference theme of “The Road Ahead,” these five soloists will share their experiences and talk about the challenges facing them as well as the jazz community at large.

The rest of the Jazz Connect Conference at APAP|NYC will feature a collection of essential workshops, panels and events held over the course of two days. The conference will bring together a wide cross-section of the jazz community for 12 workshops and 5 plenary sessions, on topics such as: “Navigating Social Media”; “The Role of Education in Presenting Jazz”; “The New Paradigm for Record Labels”; “Radio Airplay & Promotion 101”; “Jazz Grantmaking”; “Expanding the Language of Jazz”; “Engaging the Jazz Media Gatekeepers”; “New Models and Streams for Presenting Jazz” and other timely and engaging subjects. Moderators and panelists include an impressive cross-section of artists and professionals. For a complete schedule, visit the conference website.

Pre-registration is only $100 until December 23, with additional discounts offered to members of various organizations. Registration is free for APAP members, although they must pre-register at www.jazz-connect.com.

For more information about the Jazz Connect conference, you can e-mail [email protected] To pre-register for the conference, go to the Jazz Connect website. To reserve a table-top display or to advertise in the Conference edition of JazzTimes, contact Miene Smith at 617-706-9092 or [email protected]

Attendees can get a special discount at the host hotels for the APAP|NYC conference, but must go through the APAP|NYC website. The Jazz Connect Conference is part of "January in NYC is the Place to Be for the Performing Arts," celebrating the unmatched convergence of performing arts professionals, audiences, and events in New York City. Every January over 45,000 people from around the globe flock to New York City for public festivals and industry gatherings, featuring over 1,500 performances by thousands of world-class artists of all disciplines and genres, including world music, theatre, dance, jazz, and more. For more information, visit www.januaryNYC.org

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