On Friday, George McKay (http://georgemckay.org/) will be talking to John Cumming, Director of Serious and the London Jazz Festival (http://www.londonjazzfestival.org.uk/), about growing your own festival. Here are some of the things they are planning to discuss:
* the origins of London Jazz Festival, early days as Camden JF, how it and who got it going. A couple of enthusiasts and a muso round a kitchen table? Dates of Camden JF, example of concert or two, sizes of audiences, budget / grant /funding
* what do you think is special about London as a jazz (festival) space. How does that city influence the bill / activities of London Jazz Festival?
* Camden Jazz Festival's development into London Jazz Festival-scale, aesthetic, community orientation, international bill
* the establishment of Serious, place of and necessity for a promoter organisation as well as a festival
* major / memorable achievement
* major / memorable crisis!
* the scope of London Jazz Festival today--some figures re audiences, reach, no of events, venues, the people you need to run it, etc.
* how do we maintain, or, better develop, an audience for a jazz festival? By not doing jazz (cf BryanFerry at A Love Supreme fest this summer)? Must a successful UK/EU jazz fest have a major US headliner? How to get young people in--Music Colleges work?
* In what ways might or do you (London Jazz Festival/Serious) support musicians, apart from the gig?
Want to think and talk more about jazz, then join us on Friday...