Discover • Celebrate • Connect
October 11 & 12, 2019
Summit Registration will be free until September 20, so make sure you take the time to register today!
CLICK HERE FOR 2019: SCHEDULE AND SESSIONS
Program book ads are still available. Space reservations are due on September 20 and ads are due on September 23. Contact Executive Director Heather Blakeslee for details.
Jazz Philadelphia was thrilled to bring you world-class connection and information at the inaugural Jazz Philadelphia Summit in 2018. Over our two-day event, nearly 300 jazz musicians and advocates joined us to help envision the future of jazz in our city!
A CAN’T MISS OPPORTUNITY
The Jazz Philadelphia Summit provided can’t-miss information about how playing, producing, and marketing jazz is evolving all around the world, where Philadelphia fits in, and how you, your company, or your organization can benefit. We were proud to be honored by a city council resolution honoring the inception of Jazz Philadelphia and its first summit, sponsored by Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown and presented to our staff and Leadership Team by the Councilwoman and Councilman David Oh at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.
The summit was an opportunity for high-level discussions, and attendees got access to top music industry talent and visionary thinkers. Representatives from local and national jazz organizations were there to offer two informative and inspiring days of workshops, panel discussions and other presentations that help to advance the health, vitality, and sustainability of jazz in our city.
Education is a top priority for Jazz Philadelphia, and we thrilled to offer as part our schedule an “Educating Artists and Audiences” panel, moderated by Leadership Team member Anthony Tidd. Local experts Frank Machos (Schools District of Philadelphia), Lovett Hines (Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts), and Michael Ricci (All About Jazz/Jazz Near You) were joined by guests Melissa Walker (Jazz House Kids) and Dr. Aaron Flagg (Julliard School) to talk about the future of jazz education.
The event also coincided with performances by Philadelphia’s outstanding jazz musicians in evening performances in the city’s music venues. The University of the Arts “Z” Big Band were among the musicians represented.
SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY
Many of our panels focused on providing information to musicians looking for opportunities, and we offered hands-on activities to share information, including through our “Funding Your Project: Grants and Residency Applications Workshop.”
Over 300 people attended our summit activities, and were a critical part of the conversation. During sessions like “Building the Artists Business Team,” “Working It: Jazz and the Successful Musicians Toolbox,” and “Performing in Unusual Places and Spaces,” we explored out-of-the-box ways of thinking and directly addressed audience questions and ideas.
FUNDING AND ECONOMIC IMPACT
The Jazz Philadelphia Summit also explored big questions through sessions such as, “The Economic Impact of the Arts” and “Jazz Funding: Issues and Solutions.” Jazz Philadelphia will continue to make the case that jazz as an art form, and Philadelphia as a city, are worth investment. We heard from the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia, the Office of Arts Culture and the Creative Economy, City Council, regional jazz festival directors, national nonprofits such as Chamber Music America, local powerhouses like WRTI and many others who weighed in on how to best tell our story and attract additional investment.
FUN, INSPIRATION, AND COMMUNITY
We’d like to thank everyone who came out and made the Jazz Philadelphia Summit a success for our community. Thank you to our hosts, partners, volunteers, presenters, and everyone else who helped us connect and convene our regional family!
THANK YOU TO OUR HOSTS:
The Kimmel Center for Performing Arts and the University of the Arts
THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS:
The Recording Academy – Philadelphia Chapter and WRTI
THANK YOU TO OUR PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS:
@Exuberance* AB Artists * All Entertainment * Ars Nova Workshop * All About Jazz/Jazz Near You * Berks Jazz Festival * Center City Jazz Festival * Chamber Music America * The Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts * D.C. Jazz Fest * Economy League of Greater Philadelphia * DL Media * Downbeat * Exit Zero Jazz Festival * Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance * Greenhouse Management * Jazz Bridge * Jazz House Kids * Jazz Times *JZZ* Julliard School * The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts * South Jazz Club * Philly Music Lab * Philadelphia Folk Song Society * Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture, and the Creative Economy * St. James Strategy * Passion Music Group * PDX Jazz Festival * Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival * Philadelphia City Council * Philadelphia Jazz Project * Slice Communications * Temple University * University of the Arts * Working While Playing * WXPN * WRTI
Industry Professionals, Aspiring Musicians, Established Artists, Presenters, Curators, Arts Administrators, Educators, Students, Community Advocates, Government and Civic Leaders, Foundations, Corporations, and Jazz Enthusiasts.
Why You Should Attend Next Year:
- Spark creative collaborations and strategic partnerships
- Get access to key influencers
- Discover best practices for booking, branding, curating, fundraising, and marketing
- Be part of a solutions-oriented discussion around challenges to those that play and present jazz
- Meet the Jazz Philadelphia staff and leadership team
When: November 2 & 3, 2018
What: Two full days of activities included speaker presentations, workshops, and panel discussions.
Where: The Summit was held in Center City Philadelphia on the historic Avenue of the Arts (also known as Broad Street), hosted in some of the city’s most significant cultural/educational facilities including the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts and the University of the Arts.
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
300 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
University of the Arts
Terra Building, Caplan Recital Hall, 16th & 17th Fl.
211 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102