Panels

Many 2019 Panels Announced!
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Boricua Jazz: Lost in Translation
Puerto Rican musicians on the island and in the states have been an integral part of jazz from the beginning, but with infrequent exceptions, their contributions and identities have been marginalized, misconstrued or overlooked. Through the lens of their experiences as working musicians and storm survivors, multi-instrumentalist, composer, educator William Cepeda and others will propose a narrative that presents Puerto Rican artists as extraordinary musicians, innovators, and leaders in their own right.
Moderator: Thomas Pena 
Panelists: Wiliam Cepeda

Case Studies: Entrepreneurship in Jazz
3 presenters will talk about their entrepreneurial ventures: what’s been successful, what’s worked, and what hasn’t. Short individual presentations will be followed by Q&A.
Panelists: Marc Plotkin

Case Studies: Record Marketing
Hear from three jazz marketing leaders on successful album launches and all that went into making them happen. Short individual presentations will be followed by Q&A.
Panelists: Ken Drucker, Nate Smith, Robin Tomchin

Celebrating Randy Weston
With his September 1, 2018 passing the jazz world lost a truly singular pianist-composer-bandleader and endless seeker of the African essence of music and spirituality. This panel will discuss the unprecedented African Rhythms legacy of this NEA Jazz Master, who in his own words came to be a storyteller, a quest he achieved through a vast sphere of influences ranging from his Brooklyn homeboy Max Roach, to Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk, to mystical Sufi masters and global scholars.
Moderator: Willard Jenkins
Panelists: Hisham Aidi, T.K. Blue, Gail Boyd, Min Xai Fin

Copyright and Licensing: Rules of the Road
Master rights, mechanicals, compulsory, sync, and public performance licenses. What do these terms mean and why do they matter? Whether you are an artist, a label, or an organization using music in a video you “just” want post to Facebook, you need to know the basics of copyright law and licensing terms and concepts. Join music industry attorneys and Jazz at Lincoln Center's in-house legal team for a conversation to set the record straight.
Panelis: Marcus Moore

Creating Safe(r) Spaces in the Performing Arts: A We Have Voice Collective Roundtable Discussion
In this roundtable discussion, members of the We Have Voice Collective will speak about the Collective's formation, its Open Letter, the WHV Code of Conduct, and further future initiatives. The panelists will hold a space for ample dialog with the audience members around the issues at the center of the Collective's mission and activity, developing an understanding of and working toward equity and the creation of safe(r) spaces in the performing arts.
Panelists: Tamar Sella, Sara Serpa, Jen Shyu, Imani Uzuri

Growing Your Fanbase Through Social
Social media has become a dominant force when it comes to building an audience for your music. Some veterans of the various platforms share the latest and greatest tips for effectively using social media.
Moderator: Matt Jurasek
Panelists: Camille Bertault, Luigi Beverelli

Institutions in Transition: Newport Jazz Festival
George Wein produced his first Newport Jazz Festival in 1954 at age 28. Today, as part of the non-profit Newport Festivals Foundation, the jazz festival continues in stride alongside its folk counterpart, under the leadership of Jay Sweet and Artistic Director Christian McBride. George has said his motivation in his ninth decade of life is to see the festivals flourish beyond him. In this conversation, he’ll share the stage with Jay and Christian and discuss leadership transitions, succession planning, and how the brand he established 65 years ago not only endures, but flourishes.  
Moderator: Jason Olaine
Panelists: Christian McBride, Jay Sweet, George Wein

Jazz Between the Coasts
Presenters in secondary U.S. markets discuss the challenges and rewards of audience development and programming.
Moderator: Robert Ginsberg
Panelists: Aaron Greenwald, Terri Pontremoli, Jon Poses

Jazz Down Under: Spotlight on Australia
Jazz professionals discuss the current state of jazz in the world’s sixth largest country in anticipation of International Jazz Day. 
Moderator: Wull Muller
Panelists: Paul Grabowksy, Jennifer Kerr, Chelsea Wilson

Jazz Education Online
The rapid pace of technological innovation along with widespread adoption of social media and smartphones have dramatically changed how and where learning happens today. How are jazz educators taking advantage of these shifts? What are the benefits and challenges of student-teacher relationships mediated by screens? Leaders in online jazz education share their experiences.
Moderator: Seton Hawkins

Jazz in Troubled Times
How does jazz speak to the tumult of today? Can a song change a mind? Is improvisation a political act? A frank discussion about what musicians can communicate in the face of social and political unrest, and how these times affect the course of and context for our culture.
Moderator: Larry Blumenfeld
Panelists: Vijay Iyer, Rene Marie, Arturo O'Farrill

Jazz Industry 101
Whether you are just starting your career, or are a veteran looking to take a deeper dive, this session will talk you through the major facets of the industry, from labels to festivals, agents to radio promoters and more.
Panelists: Raynel Frazier, Georgina Javor

Jazz, Swing, Race and Culture
Considering swing as a rhythm or swing as a feeling or a verb, what are the social, cultural, and racial factors that affect individuals’ perception, acceptance or rejection of the concept? Player and thinkers ponder what swing means in 2019.
Moderator: Andre Guess
Panelists: Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride, Myra Melford, Nicholas Payton

Jazz Radio in 2019 and Beyond: Staying Relevant - Presented by JazzWeek
As radio in general faces competition from streaming and on-demand services, podcasting, online video, and social media for attention, so also does jazz radio. Yet each week, millions of people nationwide -- including 900,000 in New York and Los Angeles -- tune into jazz stations over the air and online. What is the impact of jazz radio airplay for an artist? How is jazz radio expanding its reach and relevance via streaming, video, podcasting, and social media? A panel of innovative jazz radio managers and hosts examines the influence radio airplay still has and why exposure on radio remains important for artists and labels.
Moderator: Ed Trefzger
Panelists: Arturo Gomez, Derrick Lucas, Mike Riksen, Kayonne Riley 

JukeBox Jury Presented by JazzWeek
Many new releases are a slam dunk at jazz radio: down-the-middle post bop, high-profile vocalists, or the latest reissue or "lost" recording. But what about artists and recordings that exist along the fringe or push the envelope? How do radio stations decide what music gets on the air? A panel of radio programmers will preview music ranging from the mainstream to the adventurous, and will detail why or why not each track would work on jazz radio.
Moderator: Brad Stone

Louis Armstrong: A Music and Civil Rights Pioneer
A presentation of Louis' contributions to music and civil rights in our society.
Moderator: John Crocken
Panelists: Dan Morgenstern, David Ostwald, Ricky Riccardi

Making Space in Jazz for Transgender Voices
Panelists: Jennifer Leitham, Riley Mulherker, Chloe Rowlands

Management Roundtable
What exactly are the responsibilities of a qualified manager and what can an aspiring manager expect from the role? What does a healthy artist/manager relationship look like? And when exactly do you need a manager? Experienced managers in an open and frank talk about the business today and why you probably don’t need to hire them.
Moderator: Karen Kennedy

Musical Inspiration is Everywhere
Saxophonist and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra member Ted Nash demonstrates how to find inspiration in the sounds around us – from a horn honking to a bird singing to a former President speaking – and how to carry that inspiration forward into the writing and recording of a project.

Presenting Jazz on the West Coast
All too often jazz from NYC and the East Coast gets all the attention from media and the industry.  However, the West Coast has a long and strong tradition of presenting jazz going back to the Lighthouse in the 50s. This panel of West Coast festival and concert organizers will discuss the challenges and rewards of presenting jazz in markets of all sizes.
Moderator: Tim Jackson
Panelists: Darlene Chan, Michael Eldridge, Robert Rainbow

Strategic Partnership in Practice: Jazz Night in America
What does an effective strategic partnership look like? How is it created and what does it take to maintain it? What value does each individual partner see in such a relationship and what can the jazz community learn from this unique partnership between NPR Music, WBGO, and Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Panelists: Gabrielle Armand, Anya Grundman, Amy Niles

The $1000 Marketing Plan Challenge
Independent artists are invited onstage to present a marketing plan for an upcoming release, performance, or tour before our esteemed panel of judges. One winning presenter will be awarded $1,000 to implement their plan. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO PRESENT. More information coming soon.
Moderator: Aaron Bisman
Panelists: Meghan Stabile, Denny Stilwell

The Importance of Artist Credits in the Digital Age
The panel will cover the latest developments, practices and industry impact of the modernization of music crediting.  Attendees will leave the panel with insights they can implement daily and an understanding of how to properly collect, publish and view credits in the modern age.
Panelists: Chandler R. Bridges, Melanie Edwards, Carlos Handy, Gebre Waddell

What's Next? An Early Career Toolkit
Young, working musicians share their keys to success for those entering the freelance jazz world. Creating a market for yourself and your skills is hugely important. A discussion of options and avenues in the worlds of performance, education, composition, technology, recording, producing, marketing, networking, and more. In the ever-changing world of technology and independent music, it is necessary now more than ever to put your best foot forward and define your goals and strengths. The question is: How can one supplement their college music education to ensure that they are well-rounded, relevant, and ready for the real world?
Moderator: Alexa Tarrantino
Panelists: Nick Finzer

What’s that Sound? An Audio Recording Masterclass 
You’ve decided to record your latest album yourself. What are the equipment, tools and skills that you need to make it work? Experienced recording engineers share some of their tricks of the trade.
Panelists: Todd Whitelock, Cookie Marenco

Will This Press Kit Get Me Booked?
Independent artists are invited to submit their press kit or EPK to our panel of judges for a live review.  Beyond personal feedback, the session will leverage these real life examples to highlight best practices and opportunities for artists to best represent themselves through their bios, press releases, photos, videos, press clips, etc. PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED IF YOU WISH TO HAVE YOUR MATERIALS REVIEWED. More information to come.
Panelists: Georgina Javor

Women Big Band Leaders Roundtable: Presented by The National Endowment for the Arts
NEA Jazz Masters and other leading musicians discuss the challenges and opportunities of running, and composing for, large ensembles.
Moderator: Ann Meier Baker
Panelists: Toshiko Akiyoshi, Miho Hazama, Sherrie Maricle, Maria Schneider

Workshop: Making Engaging Videos
Thanks in part to social media and mobile technology, video has become one of the most important media platforms for artists at every level. This workshop explains how to cost-effectively make compelling videos that will move the needle.
Panelists: Bryan Carter, Niki Walker

Your Digital Marketing Priorities
Having a presence digitally means more than just having a website. Molly Garber of digital marketing firm Capacity Interactive, which counts Jazz at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall as clients, shares five core priorities and how you can tackle them successfully, even with limited time and money.
Panelists: Molly Garber