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Jazz Connect Conference at APAP|NYC 2014
(Published: September 18, 2013)

Focused series of workshops, panels and events on January
9-10, 2014 will address important issues and trends affecting the jazz community.

The Jazz Connect Conference at APAP|NYC 2014, organized by JazzTimes in conjunction with the Jazz Forward Coalition, announced the tentative schedule of events for one of the largest gatherings of the professional jazz community. 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. Continuing the momentum from the January 2013 event which tripled to over 1,000 registrants, the Jazz Connect Conference in 2014-based on feedback from attendees-will feature a series of essential workshops, panels and events held over the course of two days. Early Bird Registration is only $75 until October 31, with additional discounts offered to members of various organizations.

Registration is free for APAP members, although they must pre-register.

With a theme of "The Road Ahead" the conference will again 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"; "Cutting Through the Clutter"; "Jazz Grantmaking"; "Expanding the Language of Jazz"; "Getting to the Gatekeepers in the Jazz Media"; "Give to Get: Growing Your Fan Base with Online Content" and other timely and engaging subjects. Moderators and panelists include an impressive cross-section of artists and professionals. The keynote speaker will be announced soon. New this year will be a networking session enabling emerging artists and professionals to connect and get informed input on their own careers and operations.

The schedule reflects the input from and collaboration with numerous organizations such as JazzWeek (radio programmers), Jazz Education Network, All About Jazz and the Jazz Journalists Association, each of whom will host workshops or panels during the conference. In addition to incorporating the involvement of various organizations, the sessions also include a wide range of voices in and out of the jazz community.

By popular demand the Jazz Connect will again include a session topic suggested by the jazz community at large. Interested parties can submit their ideas for a panel or workshop via e-mail to jazzconnectnyc@gmail.com

The Jazz Connect conference is organized by Peter Gordon of the Jazz Forward Coalition and Lee Mergner of JazzTimes, with assistance and input from over a dozen industry professionals. The conference has received the support of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters organization, which hosts the world's leading forum for the performing arts every year in New York City. JazzTimes is the official publication for the event.

For more information about the Jazz Connect conference, you can call 617-315-9154 or
e-mail jazzconnectnyc@gmail.com or visit www.jazz-connect.com. To pre-register for the conference, go to the website. To reserve a table-top display or to advertise in the Conference edition of JazzTimes, contact Miene Smith at 617-706-9082 or smith@madavor.com.

More Information: https://www.jazz-connect.com

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