We’re very excited to announce that tickets for the 2021 JPN Conference, ‘A New Perspective’, are now available! Join us on the 19th and 20th of November online or in person at the Southbank Centre. 

As we start to emerge from the music scene’s most turbulent period in decades, A New Perspective will bring the UK and Irish jazz sector together to focus on the most important issues and topics in jazz right now. With the insight of some excellent speakers and group discussions, we’ll be sharing fresh perspectives on climate change, the post-Covid music economy, international collaboration after Brexit, pathways into the sector and making the jazz community an inclusive and safe space for all.  

Friday’s sessions will be delivered entirely online. Saturday’s sessions will take place in person in London in association with the EFG London Jazz Festival, and will also be live-streamed to ensure that online attendees can continue to be involved with discussions remotely. 

First speakers announced

We’re thrilled that the Artistic Director of the Handelbeurs Arts Centre (Ghent, Belgium) and current Europe Jazz Network President, Wim Wabbes will join us on Friday for a keynote speech about the importance of international collaboration and how our work might change in light of climate change. 

On Saturday, award-winning multi-instrumentalist composer and educator Orphy Robinson will sit down with journalist and author Kevin Le Gendre to offer his perspective on the ever-changing shape of jazz in the UK.

We will also be welcoming speakers from other music organisations, including Natalie South-Law from the pioneering disability-led charity Attitude is Everything, with whom JPN has been working over the past 18 months. 

The conference will conclude with an opportunity for in-person delegates to attend two unmissable artist showcases in the Purcell Room at the Southbank Centre from Serious’ Take 5 roster, including J Frisco, John Pope and Samuel Eagles. This will be on a first come first served basis so book your conference place now and request your tickets by emailing membership@jazzpromotionnetwork.org.uk

Over the next couple of weeks, we will be announcing further information about our exciting programme of speakers, with more discussion sessions, interviews and panel talks so stay tuned! 

As always, this year’s conference will include plenty of opportunities for you to get involved with the discussion through a combination of thought-provoking breakout rooms and networking sessions that will allow us to catch up and reconnect as a sector. 

Ros Rigby, leading on the Conference for the JPN Board, says: “We believe that this event should include the chance for delegates to discuss these topics together, and to share their own perspectives on how things should move forward. The Friday schedule, in particular, will include plenty of opportunities for discussion.” 

Ticketing Information

JPN Members are eligible for free access to the event. Simply select the JPN Member option on Eventbrite to secure your space. 

For non-members, conference tickets are priced at £55 and include access to the full conference programme, lunch and tickets for the two Take Five Artist Showcases on Saturday afternoon and evening (subject to availability) . Online-only tickets are available for £20. 

We’re offering reduced-cost tickets for under-30s and artists. Online-only tickets are available for £10 and full access tickets can be purchased for £30. 

Lunch will be included on Saturday so if you have any dietary requirements please email comms@jazzpromotionnetwork.org.uk

We’re committed to making our conferences accessible to all. If you have any access requirements please let us know via the email address above. 

Board recruitment

JPN’s Annual General Meeting will open the conference on Friday 19th November, where we’ll be holding this year’s board elections. Four positions on the board will become available due to current trustees reaching the end of their term or stepping down.

We urge you to consider standing to help shape JPN’s direction over the upcoming period. It’s vital that the board represents the breadth of the sector and you don’t need to be a JPN member to be a trustee. More details will follow in the coming weeks. 

If you would like to find out more about this opportunity, please email JPN at membership@jazzpromotionnetwork.org.uk

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