Highlights & Findings 2021

2021 Highlights

The 2021 hybrid Jazz Philadelphia Summit welcomed the voices of over 250 participants, including 40 presenters, and served as a vehicle for conversations around equality and equity in jazz.

The theme of 2021’s Summit, AWAKENING, invited presenters and attendees to pause, acknowledge where we are and what we continue to go through—as humans, as communities, and as an industry. The health of our community is paramount and the Jazz Philadelphia Summit aspired to a holistic approach to personal and professional development and collective learning, healing, and sharing.

2021 Conference videos

Dr Argie Allen-Wilson
Dr Argie Allen-Wilson

Work Over Hype

The music business landscape has changed dramatically. Traditional paths to make a living in music have hit roadblocks. Young artists are using their ingenuity and hustle, developing new ways to make money from their craft. Join this discussion of emerging artists who have found success by embracing the entrepreneurial route, focusing on work over hype.


  • Sam Gellerstein, Snacktime Philly
  • Arnetta Johsnon, SUNNY, AJR, Beyonce
  • Ayana Webb, The Musical Webb
  • Dan Rouse, Moderator, Dan Rouse Music, Jennifer Hudson, Patti Labelle, Ledisi

Immanuel Wilkins, Brandee Younger,
Laurin Talese, Jazzmeia Horn

Road To Reopening

Jazz presenters and educators discuss the challenges to auditions, booking, organizing, and executing concerts and classes in a mid-pandemic landscape. Janis Burley Wilson, Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival moderates.


  • Sunny Sumter, CEO and President, DC Jazz Festival
  • Tim Jackson, Monterey Jazz Festival
  • Micah Jones, University of the Arts
  • Janis Burley Wilson, Moderator

Immanuel Wilkins, Brandee Younger,
Laurin Talese, Jazzmeia Horn

Who Will Tell Our Story

Documenting jazz history through oral and written histories, collecting artifacts, preserving spaces, and writing profiles on artists is an important part of honoring the legacy and the future of jazz. Find out more about Jazz Philadelphia’s Hometown Heroes partnership with WRTI, the Jazz Legacy Project, and Jazz Philadelphia’s Jazz History Timeline. 


  • Suzanne Cloud
  • Jack McCarthy
  • Diane Turner
  • Bobbi Booker, Moderator