New EJN Webinars on the covid-19 crisis announced



We are very happy today to announce a series of public online webinars that EJN will run over the coming month that deal with various aspects of the covid-19 crisis and its short and long-term effects on the creative music sector and all its stakeholders.

The webinars will be streamed live on the EJN social media channels (Facebook and Youtube) every Monday and Thursday at 17h00 CEST, and they will also remain available on those channels for watching them at a later stage. You don’t need to register beforehand for the webinars, but you can set-up reminders on the social media channels for each of the sessions.

The webinars were developed and discussed by the EJN think-tank that has been meeting regularly since the beginning of the crisis as a way for EJN members to stay connected, share information and think of common responses to the many challenges that this new context has created. The goal of each webinar is to analyse in depth one aspect of the crisis (national support measures, creativity in isolation, streaming of events, future of festivals and venues, fundraising, etc..), to present new ideas and best practices that have emerged in this period and share them with the wider community, and to be propositve in identifying some possible actions and recommendations.

Here below is the programme and themes of the webinars and the announced speakers.

Please follow EJN facebook page and Youtube channel for the streamings and to set your reminders to watch them live. You can also interact with the sessions with questions and comments directly on the social media channels.

Thank you in advance for following them and for sharing them on your social media channels! Your help on this is much appreciated.

EJN Webinars Programme

#1: Things Ain’t What They Used To Be 
Has my government responded well in supporting artists and the cultural sector through the crisis? Navigating national governments supports: analysis of the national policy measures and presentation of best practices

  • Mario Steidl (International Jazzfestival Saalfelden, Austria)
  • Barbara Canepa (Pro-Helvetia, Switzerland) 
  • Ikaros van Duppen (inJazz/Buma Cultuur, The Netherlands)
  • Kim Macari (artist/JPN Network, UK)
Moderator: Giambattista Tofoni (EJN)
Date: Wednesday 20 May 2020
Time: 17.00 CEST

#2: Alone Together
How do we maintain artistic quality and collaborations in isolation? Creativity and lockdown: a time of reflection and new compositions, artists’ digital monologues, house concerts and shows in venues without an audience.
  • Roy Nathanson (artist, USA)
  • Oddrun Lilja (artist, Norway)
  • Pedro Melo Alves (artist, Portugal)
  • Kenneth Killeen (Improvised Music Company, Ireland)

Moderator: Martel Ollerenshaw (Australian Music Centre, Australia)
Date: Thursday 21 May 2020
Time: 17.00 CEST

#3: Tomorrow is the Question
Reset: will and should festivals and venues ever be the same again? Analog concerts’ strategies for a future with covid-19 and possible scenarios for a jazz-led recovery.
  • Andrey Henkin (New York City Jazz Record, USA)
  • Nadin Deventer (Jazzfest Berlin/Berliner Festspiele, Germany)
  • Michal Hajduk (NOSPR, Poland)
  • Antoine Bos (Association Jazzé Croisé, France)

Moderator: Tina Heine (Salzburg Jazz & the City, Austria)
Date: Monday 25 May 2020
Time: 17.00 CEST

#4: How Long Has This Been Going On
Has history taught us anything? An historic overview of the music sector after the big crisis of the past (such as past pandemics, World War I, the 1929 great depression, World War II, 9/11, 2008 financial crisis). How did the cultural sector react after the big crisis?
  • Francesco Martinelli (History of Jazz researcher & teacher, Italy)
  • George McKay (Professor, University of East Anglia, UK)
  • François Matarasso (Independent writer and researcher, UK)

Introduction: Francesca Cerretani (EJN)
Date: Thursday 28 May 2020
Time: 17.00 CEST

#5: Everything Must Change
Has the crisis actually improved our (online) offer to audiences? The possible digital scenarios post covid-19: live streaming and monetisation, new opportunities for online audience engagement and socialisation.
  • Nathan Newman (SBC, UK)
  • Christoph Huber (Porgy & Bess, Austria)
  • Carine Zuber (Moods, Switzerland)
  • Reza Akbaraly (Qwest TV, France)
  • Ellen Schoenaerts (Artists Unlimited, Belgium)

Moderator: Anna Umbima (Writer and broadcaster, UK)
Date: Monday 01 June 2020
Time: 17.00 CEST

#6: A House Is Not A Home
Will closed borders mean closed minds? Will less opportunities to travel and perform in other countries lead to new nationalisms and isolation? Most of the streaming initiatives now are with national or local artists and in many European countries radio stations tend to play music from their own country. Where will this lead us to?
  • Ludovico Granvassu (All About Jazz/MondoJazz, USA)
  • Martyna Markowska (Katowice JazzArt Festival, Poland)
  • Markus Partanen (Finnish Broadcasting Company/EBU, Finland)
  • Jan Ole Otnæs (EJN President / Victoria-Nasjonal Jazzscene, Norway)

Moderator: Fiona Talkington (BBC Radio, UK)
Date: Thursday 04 June 2020
Time: 17.00 CEST

#7: Work Song
How has the crisis affected those working behind the scenes? As the proverb says: “it takes a village to raise a child”, so music performances require more than a performer. Discussion on the impact of the crisis on different actors of the production chain: artists’ managers, labels, agents, technicians and organisers.
  • Katherine McVicker (Music Works International, USA)
  • Mike Bindraban (Good Music Company, Netherlands) 
  • Annamaija Saarela (G Livelab Tampere, Finland)
  • Edin Zubcevic (JazzFest Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina)

Moderator: Kevin Le Gendre (Jazzwise/BBC Radio, UK)
Date: Monday 08 June 2020
Time: 17.00 CEST

#8: Someone To Watch Over Me - in collaboration with Puglia Sounds / Medimex D
How will our concerts be economically sustainable in a period of global recession? What are the possible scenarios for fundraising and sponsorship in the time of the crisis? Ideas for new business models and cross-sectoral collaborations.
  • Nicole Newman (NN Fundraising and Sponsorship, UK)
  • Jean-Yves Cavin (Cully Jazz Festival, Switzerland)
  • Miguel Martin (San Sebastian Heineken Jazz Festival, Spain)
  • Corrado Beldì (NovaraJazz / IJazz - Italy)

Moderator: Michelle Kuypers (North Sea Jazz Festival, Netherlands)
Date: Thursday 11 June 2020
Time: 17.00 CEST