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The Jazz Connect Conference, organized by JazzTimes and the Jazz Forward Coalition, will be held January 8-9, 2015 in New York City and will lead into the annual APAP (Association of Performing Arts Presenters) Conference as well as Winter Jazzfest.  Continuing the momentum from the January 2014 event which hosted over 800 registrants, the Jazz Connect Conference  in 2015—based on feedback from attendees—will feature a series of essential workshops, panels and events held over the course of two days.  Pre-registration is only $125 until January 2, with additional discounts offered to members of various organizations. 

With a theme of “Strength Through Community” the conference will again bring together a wide cross-section of the jazz community for 12 workshops and 5 plenary sessions, on a variety of ttimely and engaging subjects. Moderators and panelists include an impressive cross-section of artists and professionals. Returning this year will be an "Ask the Experts" networking session enabling emerging artists and professionals to connect and get informed input on their own careers and operations.

The schedule reflects the input from and collaboration with numerous organizations such as JazzWeek (radio programmers), Chamber Music America, the Music Business Association, Future of Music Coalition and the Jazz Journalists Association, each of whom will host workshops or panels during the conference.  In addition to incorporating the involvement of various organizations, the sessions also include a wide range of voices in and out of the jazz community.

The Jazz Connect conference is organized by Peter Gordon of the Jazz Forward Coalition and Lee Mergner of JazzTimes, with assistance and input from over a dozen industry professionals.  The conference has received the support of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters organization, which hosts the world’s leading forum for the performing arts every year in New York City.  JazzTimes is the official publication for the event. 

For more information about the Jazz Connect conference, you can e-mail jazzconnectnyc@gmail.com.  To pre-register for the conference, go to the registration page.


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