A to Jazz Talks

The second edition of A to JazZ TALKS conference will take place on 5th July 2019 during the ninth A to JazZ Festival and will be completely focused on musicians. The "Road to the International Stage" topic will discover various opportunities that international markets would offer for popularizing Bulgarian artists in the field of jazz, and even beyond. Discussions on this topic will be focused on all the steps a musician should take on his or her own to attract interest from festivals, programmers, labels, management companies and music agencies.

The event is supported by the Sofia Municipality's Culture Programme and the Mobility Programme of the National Culture Fund.

IMPORTANT!

If you wish to attend the A to JazZ TALKS conference, you should register here

The registration deadline is by 4th July 2019.


CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM POINTS - Lecturers' panel*
- What is the market looking for – are there specific trends or preferred formats?
- Does Bulgarian jazz have its own identity?
- What attracts the attention of the programmers?

Lecturers: Virgo Sillamaa (Music Estonia), Ian Patterson (All About Jazz), Katherine McVicker (Music Works International); Moderator: Dimitar Bodurov

11:00 AM – 11:15 AM Coffee break

11:15 AM – 12:30 PM STEPS – Lecturers' panel*
- Presentation materials: Website, Facebook, EPK, photographs, videos and profiles in online platforms
- Digital distribution of music
- Participation in international forums and showcase festivals
- Contacts with journalists – media reviews
- How to get to the agent?

Lecturers: Virgo Sillamaa (Music Estonia), Ian Patterson (All About Jazz), Katherine McVicker (Music Works International); Moderator: Dimitar Bodurov

12:30 PM – 01:30 PM Lunch break

01:30 PM – 02:00 PM Presentation of JazzAhead! – The largest jazz fair in Europe*
- What is JazzAhead?
- What opportunities does it give to musicians?
- Participation in showcases

Lecturer: Ulrich Beckerhoff – Art Director of Jazzahead!, Moderator: Dimitar Bodurov

02:00 PM – 02:45 PM FUNDING TOOLS

- National Culture Fund (NCF): Presentation of current and upcoming sessions of competitive programmes for financing projects for creation, development and promotion of Bulgarian musical products and artists.
Lidia Peycheva, Chef Expert at NCF

- Sofia Municipality, Culture Directorate: Programmes for financing creative products and artists.
Bilyana Genova, Director of Culture Directorate and Coordinator of the Sofia Municipality's Culture Programme

02:45 PM – 03:00 PM Coffee break

03:00 PM – 05:00 PM Mentor sessions with the lecturers*

* The panels and discussions will be held in English.