APAP | NYC 2012 Hosts JazzConnect: January 6-10

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The Association of Performing Arts Presenters features jazz—its leaders, masters and music—at annual performing arts industry conference in New York City.

Friday Jan. 6, 2012

9 AM-Noon
Building Jazz Culture—Local to Global
Hilton, Sutton South

How do you build and support a thriving cultural community? What are the possibilities using jazz to do this? Where are the obstacles preventing effective growth and community building? What are the successes? How can jazz improve branding and advocacy? What are infrastructure opportunities from other industries to learn from? Join in the opening session of the JazzConnect track developed to explore these questions over seven sessions with dynamic and inspiring leaders, speakers, and visionaries.

Bill Strickland, founder and president CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation will kick off the discussion with his experience, vision, success and ideas in the world as he sees it. This will be followed by a fast-paced pecha kucha-inspired presentation with 10 industry-leading experts illuminating big dreams and big ideas. Each presenter will approach the question: “How does your work contribute to a thriving cultural community?"

Presenters: Michael Bracy, Co-founder and President of the Board, Future of Music Coalition; Tom Silverman, CEO Tommy Boy Records, Board member A2IM, Merlin, SoundExchange; Terri Pontremoli, Jazz Producer/Tri-C Jazz Festival; Randall Kline, Executive Artistic Director, SF Jazz, San Francisco, CA; Karen Kennedy, Founder, 24/7 Artists Management, Newark, NJ; Omrao Brown, Owner/Operator, Bohemian Caverns; Founder, ShineOnMe Productions, Washington, DC; Adam Klein, CEO eMusic.

This will be followed by an open exchange and town hall forum reflecting on what participants have heard, what resonates most, and what might be possible to building jazz culture from the local to global level.

Moderator: Adrian Ellis, Executive Director, Jazz at Lincoln Center/Arts Consultant will moderate this discussion to gather ideas and create momentum to be explored through the rest of the JazzConnect sessions.

Saturday Jan. 7, 2012

3-4:30 PM
Crowdfunding for Jazz Projects
Hilton, Concourse E

Fan-funding platforms such as Kickstarter and IndieGoGo are gaining traction as more jazz artists and organizations create campaigns around project financing and awareness. Hear from recent jazz crowdfunders that have come away with much more than an online passing of the hat.

Moderator: Sara Donnelly, Independent Consultant

Conversation Holders: Adam Schatz, Search & Restore, NYC; Rio Sakairi, JazzGallery, NYC; Steve Swell
Steve Swell
Steve Swell
, trombonist/composer; NYC; Joanna Steele, Fractured Atlas, NYC; Deborah Steinglass, Jazz Gallery NYC.

Sunday Jan. 8, 2012

8-10 AM
Building Thriving Cultural Communities through Programming and Education: Pathways to Jazz
Sheraton Empire Ballroom West, 2nd floor

Looking for new ideas and ways to invest, engage, and cultivate your community? Do you want to explore American Culture from an arts perspective? Have you considered jazz as a pathway to that? Whether you are building new audiences or have a history of jazz presentations, there are numerous innovative ways to contribute to a thriving cultural community through this art form. With connections to the foundations of American culture, and extensions into today's world, jazz can be explored and translated into numerous community engagement initiatives that extend beyond the performance. Join this dynamic group of panelists representing a variety of perspectives, in a discussion designed for programming and education directors, presenters and artist managers. We will explore best practices, case studies and a number of ideas to answer the questions above.

Moderator: Erika Floreska, Arts Leader, former Director of Education, Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Panelists: Randy Vogel, Mesa Performing Arts Center; Matt Wilson
Matt Wilson
Matt Wilson
, Drummer and Educator; Gail Boyd, Artist Manager; LaFrae Sci, Drummer and Educator; Ellis Finger, Williams Center for the Art, Lafayette College.

3-4:30 PM
Platforms that Move Jazz Forward
Sheraton New York Ballroom East, 3rd floor

Looking for platforms and tools to help define, connect and provide structure? Want to define the workforce and audiences? Want community? Let Marty Ashby
Marty Ashby
Marty Ashby

, Executive Producer of MCG Jazz and Administrator for the Jazz Commons, Michael Ricci, Founder and Publisher of AllAboutJazz.com and Jean Cook, Director of Programs for the Future of Music Coalition show you some tools to help put those pieces in place. The Jazz Commons, a database that pulls together presenter, promoter, artist and audience information in one-stop learning center for jazz, and Money for Musicians, a multi-method research project to assess how musicians' revenue streams are changing in this new music landscape, are examples of what the arts community, both within and outside Jazz, can do when sharing resources.

Monday Jan. 9, 2012

8-10 AM
What Jazz Can Teach Us About Winning Audiences?
Sheraton Riverside Ballroom, 3rd floor

Don't miss this interactive session with Christy Farnbauch and Bob Breithaupt from the Jazz Arts Group. They will share findings from a newly released, groundbreaking study of jazz audiences. While the Jazz Audiences Initiative focused on learning more about the attitudes and behaviors of current and potential jazz ticket buyers across the U.S., presenters of all genres will come away with new insights for winning audiences.

Is your current hall a barrier? Are you rewarding ticket buyers who bring friends? What strategies are you using to extend the artistic experience beyond the concert? All this and more will be explored. Christy and Bob will also share an update from a series of workshops at the 2012 Jazz Education Network (JEN) Conference on “Developing Tomorrow's Jazz Audiences Today."

11 AM-12 PM
NEA Jazz Masters & Jazz Futures: Paying It Forward
Hilton, Mercury Ballroom

Mentoring is alive and well in the jazz community. NEA Jazz Masters share the spotlight with artists who represent the future of the music. The panel will discuss the importance of mentoring as well as the unique multi-generational character of jazz.

Moderator: Bob Blumenthal, journalist and writer

Panelists: George Wein
George Wein
George Wein
, Entrepreneur/Pianist/NEA Jazz Master; Gerald Wilson
Gerald Wilson
Gerald Wilson
1918 - 2014
, Composer/Band Leader/NEA Jazz Master; Dafnis Prieto, Drummer/Composer/Educator; Ambrose Akinmusire
Ambrose Akinmusire
Ambrose Akinmusire
, Trumpeter.

Tuesday Jan 10, 2012

2 PM-4 PM
Building Jazz Culture—Taking Action
Jazz at Lincoln Center, Frederick P. Rose Hall, Rehearsal Room
60th and Broadway in the Time Warner Center, 5th Floor

So where do we go from here? This town hall forum will take the top-level concepts from each of prior JazzConnect sessions for a dynamic culmination to create an action agenda for 2012. What are the elements necessary and the obstacles to overcome to develop a vibrant jazz culture? What are the effective advocacy tools to enhance and build jazz's image? What other industries can help grow our cultural footprint? Come join the discussion!

Moderator: Peter Gordon, Music Industry Leader, JazzForward Coalition Co-Founder, will lead this closing session with moderators from earlier JazzConnect offerings.

7:30PM-10 PM
NEA Jazz Masters
Awards Concert
Jazz at Lincoln Center, Rose Hall

About the Association of Performing Arts Presenters

The Association of Performing Arts Presenters, based in Washington, D.C., is the national service and advocacy organization dedicated to developing and supporting a robust performing arts presenting field and the professionals who work within it. Our 1,400 national and international members represent leading performing arts centers, municipal and university performance facilities, nonprofit performing arts centers, culturally specific organizations, foreign governments, as well as artist agencies, managers, touring companies, and national consulting practices that serve the field, and a growing roster of self-presenting artists. As a leader in the field, APAP works to effect change through advocacy, professional development, resource sharing and civic engagement. APAP is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization governed by a volunteer board of directors and led by President & CEO Mario Garcia Durham. In addition to presenting the annual APAP|NYC conference—the world's leading forum and marketplace for the performing arts (January 6-10, 2012)—APAP continues to be the industry's leading resource, knowledge and networking destination for the advancement of performing arts presenting.

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