With the apparent demise of the national Jazz Services organisation, discussion has already started about how to continue some of their good work in other ways. The new national Jazz PromotionNetwork conference agenda for 23-24 July at the Midland Hotel in Manchester will be one important forum for this.
The JPN network has been developed by a group of people involved in promotion of jazz in the UK- Tony Dudley-Evans (Birmingham Jazzlines & Cheltenham Jazz Festival); Steve Mead (Manchester Jazz Festival & Jazz North); Amy Pearce (London Jazz Festival & Serious); Ian Perry (Lakeside Centre Nottingham and Nottingham Jazzhouse); John Blandford (Cambridge Modern Jazz Club); Todd Wills (Bristol Music Trust); Steve Crocker (Seven Jazz, Leeds and Norvol); Nod Knowles – co-ordinator (Bath)
There will be some big names there too including keynote speeches from Soweto Kinch and The Bad Plus with bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson, and drummer David King all involved. Discussion topics will include touring, international projects, new opportunities to get musicians hear and "pitches and snapshots".
There will be an opportunity to visit some of the gigs at the Manchester Jazz Festival too. All are welcome to sign up and join in the debate - it will be fun enlightening and hopefully productive!
The programme here http://jazzpromotionnetwork.org.uk/conference2014/programme2014/
Registration here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jazz-promotion-network-conference-2014-registration-11525492057?ref=elink