Getting recognition for your local jazz scene
Jazz is most alive and thriving at the local level-- the soaring number of local jazz festivals and schools is testament to that. And in many places neighborhood jazz clubs regularly put the spotlight on local musicians, some of whom are getting their first public stage and others who are nationally known but keep coming home to play for those who know and love them best.
One of the main goals of JazzApril is to raise the profile of local jazz scenes and communities that may not yet have received the recognition they deserve from local governments and local media.
A good way to do both is to get a local government proclamation recognizing Jazz Month/JazzDay. Such a proclamation can be used as a "news peg" to emphasis the importance of, and attract local media coverage for, local JazzApril events.
This should be possible in many locales: The U.S. Conference of Mayors is urging "mayors to build partnerships with their local jazz society and other members of the arts and music community in their cities to proclaim, to participate in, International Jazz Day April 30, 2013 and to celebrate the month of April as Jazz Appreciation Month."