A New Perspective: Tickets now on sale for the 2021 JPN Conference

The Jazz Promotion Network has announced that tickets for its 2021 Conference, ‘A New Perspective’, are now available. The event will take place on the 19th and 20th of November online or in person at the Southbank Centre.

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

First speakers announced
Artistic Director of the Handelbeurs Arts Centre (Ghent, Belgium) and current Europe Jazz Network President, Wim Wabbes will appear on Friday for a keynote speech about how our work might change in light of climate change and the importance of international collaboration.

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

JPN will also be welcoming speakers from other music organisations, including Natalie South-Law from the pioneering disability-led charity Attitude is Everything.

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 place now to guarantee your tickets. Please email Joe at comms (AT) jazzpromotionnetwork.org.uk.

Further information about the conference’s exciting programme of speakers, interviews and panel talks will be announced soon. 

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. 

This year, JPN is 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.

Board recruitment

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

JPN Trustee, Steve Mead says: “We urge you to seriously 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.”

If you would like to find out more about this opportunity, please email JPN Network Manager Lucy Woolley at manager (AT) jazzpromotionnetwork.org.uk