Here’s Nick Moran with information about an important gathering next week.
Are you willing to donate your time and thoughts to help improve our area’s jazz scene? If so, the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium invites you to participate in its newly-forming Musician Advisory Group. Through participation in the Group, you will help shape the Consortium’s specific actions aimed at three goals that directly impact the economic opportunities and working conditions of our local jazz musicians:
- To create a more supportive climate for our community’s jazz musicians
- To expand and diversify the local jazz audience
- To cultivate the next generation of jazz musicians and appreciators
The Musician Advisory Group will build on the input we received from nearly 80 local musicians in our online survey and interviews last Spring, and which helped us secure a grant from the John and Carolyn Peterson Charitable Foundation. From the Group, we will also create a smaller Musician Advisory Team that will work together to bring the Group’s project ideas to fruition, using our Peterson Foundation grant funds and other resources that we can pursue.
We hope to get the first of these musician-generated projects off the ground by the Spring of 2014.The first meetings for the larger Musician Advisory Group will be held on Tuesday, January 28, 7:30pm at The Cardinal Bar (418 E. Wilson St) and Wednesday, January 29th, 8pm at The Brink Lounge (701 E. Washington). The Musician Advisory Team will meet 2-3 times in January and February to review and consolidate ideas from the large group meetings. We hope to have a strong list of musician-generated initiatives to present to the board of the GMJC by the end of February.
The role of the Musician Advisory Group/Team is to function as a consulting group to advise the GMJC and its affiliates on various topics including (but not limited to):
- Generating ideas for new projects and events
- Selecting the best conceived ideas and assessing their feasibility
- Review and reflect on the findings of the GMJC Spring 2013 online survey
- Advising other organizations looking to bring in national and international jazz groups
- Partner with local community and non-profit groups to promote jazz in the area
A ‘Madison Jazz Musicians’ group has been created on Facebook to supplement the work done at meetings. Musicians who are unable to attend our first meeting are welcome to submit their ideas/thoughts on that page or by email to the Musician Advisory Team Coordinator, Nick Moran (use the contact form and it will be forwarded to Nick).