The Jazz Congress is a co-presentation of JazzTimes and Jazz at Lincoln Center, who would like to thank the following sponsors and partners for their support.

Jazz Congress 2020 Sponsors

Founding Sponsor: Adam R. Rose

Every January in New York City, more than 45,000 performing arts leaders, artists, and enthusiasts from across the globe converge for   JanArtsNYC   (formerly, "January In NYC"). A partnership among independent multidisciplinary festivals, indispensable industry convenings and international marketplaces, JanArtsNYC is one of the largest and most influential gatherings of its kind.

Every January in New York City, more than 45,000 performing arts leaders, artists, and enthusiasts from across the globe converge for JanArtsNYC (formerly, "January In NYC"). A partnership among independent multidisciplinary festivals, indispensable industry convenings and international marketplaces, JanArtsNYC is one of the largest and most influential gatherings of its kind.

Promotional Partners

Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP)

APAP, the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (formerly Association of Performing Arts Presenters) is the national service, advocacy and membership organization for presenters of the performing arts and the convener of APAP|NYC, the world’s leading gathering of performing arts professionals, every January in New York City. APAP is dedicated to developing and supporting a robust performing arts industry and the professionals who work within it.

Association of Songwriters, Composers, and Publishers (ASCAP)

ASCAP is a membership association of more than 575,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers of every kind of music. Through agreements with affiliated international societies, ASCAP also represents hundreds of thousands of music creators worldwide. ASCAP is the only US performing rights organization created and controlled by composers, songwriters and music publishers, with a Board of Directors elected by the membership. ASCAP protects the rights of its members by licensing and distributing royalties for the non-dramatic public performances of their copyrighted works.

Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI)

Since 1940, BMI has had a long history of protecting and encouraging the creation of jazz. Legends Charlie Parker, Billie Holiday, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Dinah Washington, Etta James and others joined the BMI family early on. That trend continues with contemporary masters Dave Douglas, Freddie Hubbard, Pat Metheny, Jimmy Heath, Joe Lovano, Joshua Redman, Norah Jones, Christian McBride, Terri Lyne Carrington and others. All these groundbreaking talents have brought their magic to us and BMI is proud to support them.

Chamber Music America (CMA)

Chamber Music America (CMA), the national network of chamber music professionals, was founded in 1977 to develop and strengthen the chamber music community. CMA defines chamber music as music for small ensembles between two and ten musicians, one per part, generally without a conductor. With a membership of over 6,000, including composers, ensembles, presenters, managers, educators, music businesses, and enthusiasts, CMA welcomes a wide range of musical styles including jazz, classical, contemporary, world music and evolving forms. CMA offers grant programs, consulting services, access to instrument and other insurances, a national conference, seminars and electronic and print publications.

Europe Jazz Network(EJN)

The Europe Jazz Network (EJN) was created in 1987 as a Europe-wide non-profit association. Currently it includes 154 organizations (festivals, clubs and concert venues, independent promoters and national organisations) in 35 countries. EJN's mission is to encourage, promote and support the development of jazz and creative improvised music within the European scene and to create opportunities for artists, organizers and audiences from all different countries to meet and communicate.

International Jazz Festivals Organization (IJFO)

The IJFO is an umbrella organization to 16 leading jazz festivals worldwide. The members do not compete territorially and are situated at times which allow for the touring of common projects. As E(uropean)JFO co-founded in 1982 by Paul Acket (North Sea), Jyrki Kangas (Pori) and Fritz Thom (Vienna). In 2002 the original European association invited North American partners and went international. This was the birth of the IJFO – the International Jazz Festivals Organization.

Jazz Education Network (JEN)

The Jazz Education Network (JEN) is a global non-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in the United States of America that seeks to advance jazz education, promote performance, and develop new audiences. JEN was founded in 2008 in Chicago and now has thousands of members from every USA state, Canada, and around the globe. The JEN Conference will be held Jan. 7-10, 2020 in New Orleans.

Jazz Journalists Association (JJA)

The Jazz Journalists Association is a non-profit professional organization of writers, photographers, broadcasters, videographers, new media producers and their supporters, dedicated to sustaining informed news and views of all styles of jazz in all media. Founded in 1988, the JJA presents free online webinars, holds local meetups of members and contacts, encourages grassroots celebrations of Jazz Appreciation Month through its JazzApril campaign, honors Jazz Heroes and for 22 years has recognized excellence in jazz and jazz journalism through its annual Jazz Awards.

Jazz Promo Services

Established in 2000 by jazz business veteran Jim Eigo, Jazz Promo Services specializes in publicity campaigns for the music community, artists, labels, venues and live events. An early adopter of the internet, Jazz Promo Services was a pioneer in email marketing. Over the past 15 years Jazz Promo Services has built one of the largest contact data bases for the jazz business; press, radio and industry. With just one click of the mouse using the Jazz Promo Services email service you can reach the who’s who of the jazz industry. manages the online presence including websites and social media for hundreds of jazz musicians, organizations and festivals.


JazzWeek is the weekly guide to jazz airplay in the U.S. and Canada, compiling spin reports submitted each week by broadcast and internet radio. Since 2001, labels, recording artists and independent radio promoters have relied on JazzWeek to measure the success of their new jazz releases.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF)

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation develops partnerships and programs that reinforce artists’ capacity to create and present work and advance access to and participation in the arts. MAAF is committed to supporting jazz in the region, nationally, and internationally through its regional touring programs, as well as the Living Legacy Jazz Award, the Jazz Touring Network, and USArtists International.


SESAC, Inc. is a performing rights organization, designed to represent songwriters and publishers and their right to be compensated for having their music performed in public. SESAC is the nation’s most progressive performing rights organization representing the best songwriters, composers and music publishers in every genre of music. Established in 1930, SESAC is the ONLY PRO to pay monthly radio royalties and was the FIRST among the PROs to pay for live performances to songwriters and publishers. SESAC is known for its diversified repertory that includes genres ranging from Jazz, Adult Contemporary, Urban, Rock, Americana, Contemporary Christian, Latin, Country, Gospel, Dance and Classical. SESAC represents an impressive gallery of artist catalogs including Cassandra Wilson, Robert Glasper, Vijay Iyer, Robert Johnson’s catalog and many other artists and composers.

The Western Jazz Presenters Network

The Western Jazz Presenters Network (WJPN) is a coalition of jazz presenters in the western region of North America. The WJPN is dedicated to networking, professional development and block-booking of jazz artists to make it financially viable for presenters, especially from rural and underserved communities, to bring national jazz artists to their audiences.