We’re very excited to share with you the complete schedule for Where Pathways Meet: the 2022 JPN Conference!

Where Pathways Meet’ will feature a range of speakers from across the jazz sector, alongside a showcase of jazz talent from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, programmed in partnership with Moving On Music in Belfast and the Improvised Music Company in Dublin.

We’re thrilled to welcome award-winning composer Brian Irvine as keynote speaker.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to drop us an email.

Thursday 3 November

From 11.00 Registration

12.00 Lunch / Networking (venue: The MAC)

12.30 Welcome (new attendees)
Tune In: Getting the most from the conference

13.00 Welcome to the conference
Ros Rigby (Chair, JPN) and Ciaran Scullion (Head of Music & Opera, Arts Council Northern Ireland)

Brian Irvine

Video ‘And the goals will come’ by Úna Monaghan

14.30 PANEL 1
Routes Into Jazz: Ways of involving and supporting young musicians from pre-school upwards
Claude Deppa (Musician, Kinetika)
Pauline Black (Musician & Lecturer, University of Aberdeen)
Paul O’Reilly (Ulster Youth Jazz Orchestra)
Paula Gardiner (Composer & Musician, Lecturer Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama)
Orphy Robinson (Musician, vice-chair JPN)

14.30 PANEL 2
Routes Into Jazz: Where are the new breed of promoters, agents, managers, labels and journalists coming from?
Matt Hogarth (Venue Manager & Head of In House Booking, Future Yard)
Patricia Pascal (Founder Jazz Newblood)
Agnese Daverio (Festival Producer & Promoter, Musicworks International)
Scott Flanigan (Artist and owner / promoter at Scott’s Club)
Heather Spencer (Programme Manager, Jazz North)

14.30 PANEL 3
Routes Into Jazz: What does inclusion really mean?
Helena Summerfield (Musican & Tutor, Jazz Camp for Girls)
Sarah Raine (Lecturer, University of Limerick)
Gideon Feldman (Attitude Is Everything)
Emilie Conway (Musician)
Roger Wilson (Director of Operations, Black Lives In Music)

15.30 MUSIC SLOT 2
David Lyttle
The Mobo nominated drummer and composer will perform with young musicians from his Jazz Juniors group.

16.00 Learning from our Friends and Members: Discussion session 1
Future governance models for jazz promoters, growing the volunteer pool, and widening the funding base
Debra Milne (Co-chair, The Globe, Newcastle)
Barney Stephenson (Artistic Director, Marsden Jazz Festival)
Jo Breeze (Marketing and Crowdfunding Consultant)
Stephen McNally (Northern Ireland Manager, Making Music)
Mark Kass (Creative Director & Founder, London East Jazz Network)

16.00 Learning from our Friends and Members: Discussion session 2
A 360 degree look at a 21st century career in music – artists as promoters, artists as educators, working internationally and life outside touring
Georgia Mancio (Musician, England)
Tomos Williams (Musician, Wales)
Tom Bancroft (Musician, Scotland)
David Lyttle (Musician and composer, Northern Ireland)
Robert Farhat (Talent development lead & senior programmer, Serious – Take Five, EFG London Jazz Festival, England)
Orphy Robinson (Musician, vice-chair JPN)

17.00 Belfast Trad Tour
Limited space – first come first served (sign up here)

18.00 Dinner break

20.00 Showcase programme (venue: Black Box)
20.15 Scott Flanigan Quartet
20.45 RBG Trio
21.15 Izumi Kimura and Lina Andonovska
21.50 Robocobra Quartet

Friday 4 November

9.30 JPN AGM (members only)

9.30 Meet Attitude Is Everything
Gideon Feldman, Head of Programmes – Attitude is Everything

9.30 Meet The MU – CANCELLED
Louise Stanners Pow, Musicians Union Regional Officer for Scotland and Northern Ireland

10.30 Coffee available

10.45 Panel 4
Five Nations Jazz: What’s going on across our five nations and how are people reacting to challenges ahead?
Tomos Williams (Musician, Wales)
Clare Hewitt (Music Officer, Creative Scotland)
Kenneth Killeen (Creative Director, Improvised Music Company, Ireland)
Brian Carson (Founding CEO, Moving On Music, Northern Ireland)
Steve Mead (Artistic Director/CEO, Manchester Jazz Festival, Jazz North, founding trustee JPN, England)

11.45: PANEL 5
Five Nations Funders – looking at the funding scene across the UK & Ireland
Ciaran Scullion (Head of Music & Opera, Arts Council Northern Ireland)
Clare Hewitt (Music Officer, Creative Scotland)
Suzanne Griffiths-Rees (Arts Development Officer, Arts Council Wales)
Niall Doyle (Head of Music & Opera, Arts Council Ireland)
Huey Walker (Senior Relationship Manager, Arts Council England)

12.45 MUSIC SLOT 3a
Stephen Davis
A solo set from the drummer and composer

13.00 Lunch and networking

14.00 Learning From our Friends and Members: Discussion Session 3
Different models for touring circuits, and greener approaches to touring and festivals
Deirdre Moynihan (Musician & Programmes Manager, Music Network)
Ros Rigby (Music Beyond Mainstream and Rural Touring)
Kenneth Killeen (European Jazz Network (EJN) / Take the Green Train)

14.00 Learning From our Friends and Members: Discussion Session 4
Audience development and research – building the audience of the future
Nick Gebhardt (Birmingham City University)
Gideon Feldman (Head of Programmes, Attitude Is Everything)
Steve Mead (Artistic Director/CEO Manchester Jazz Festival, Jazz North, founding Trustee JPN)

14.00 Learning From our Friends and Members: Discussion Session 5
Showcasing our artists across and beyond the UK – different approaches and what works best?
Tom Besford (English Folk Expo)
Lobke Aelbrecht (Production Manager, JazzLab, Belgium)
Agnese Daverio (Festival Producer & Promoter, Musicworks International, England)
Nod Knowles (Nod Knowles Productions, England)

15.15 Report back on the conference and plans for the future
Ian Patterson provides an overview of issues raised during the conference
Presentation on JPN future plans/next conference

16.00 To the bar!

16.30 Belfast Music Walk
Explore the vibrant cultural quarter of this UNESCO City of Music on an early evening walk filled with music! Book here