Frank Alkyer, publisher of DownBeat magazine, and Michael Ricci, founder of AllAboutJazz.com, All About Jazz magazine and Jazz Near You, discuss jazz in print and online as they produce it now, and provide their perspectives on trends, developments and innovations in jazz publishing. Is the traditional monthly, a paper magazine, delivered to subscribers via snail mail or purchased at news stands, a sustainable model into the future? Can web-based platforms gain enough income from advertising and/or subscriptions to pay contributors? How has technology changed collection and dissemination of information about jazz? Can jazz journalism be a profession, or will it become more of a hobby? Bring your own questions for our panelists.
Frank Alkyer is the publisher of DownBeat–the longest enduring and perhaps best known jazz publication in the world– as well as publisher of Music Inc. and UpBeat Daily magazines, all produced by Maher Publications. He joined the company as editorial director in 1989 and was named associate publisher in 1992 and publisher in 2003. Frank began his career as a newspaper reporter and has covered everything from police and city hall to entertainment and business.
Michael Ricci is a web entrepreneur with a background in information technologies who combined his vocation with his love of jazz music and launched All About Jazz in 1995—a website that reaches over 500,000 readers worldwide. In 2012, Michael spun off Jazz Near You, a network of nearly 250 websites focused on aggregating local jazz events and distributing them through the web, email, phone, widgets and feeds.