JazzApril 2014: JJA Media Training and Networking Starts Soon

Institutions, groups, businesses, schools  and individuals are invited to participate 



The Jazz Journalists Association is offering a series of FREE ONLINE training and networking sessions in Nov-Dec 2013 to help organizations, media outlets, businesses and individuals make plans for JazzApril 2014 (Jazz Appreciation Month + International Jazz Day) and use their JazzApril participation to:
  • Raise their own profile within the local community and reach new audiences.
  • Use traditional and social media more effectively.
  • Network and work with other local organizations and individuals who are interested in jazz to amplify the efforts of all.

Whether your organization, media outlet or business is large or tiny, jazz-related or not, or you are just one person, whether you are located in a major city or a small town, we invite you to join us and find out how you can take advantage of national and international celebrations of jazz during April to spark new local interest in jazz while building your own audience or client base and strengthening community ties.  

All sessions will be held ONLINE (using Go-to-Meeting and Google Hangouts) and you will be able to participate at your own home or office computer.

Initial online sessions are scheduled for:
Wed Nov 13 |   Tues Nov 19  |  Wed Dec 4
8pm EST
(you should attend all three if possible)

These three online sessions on advanced, professional use of traditional and social media will emphasize both TRAINING and NETWORKING and will help you to:
  • Increase local awareness of JazzApril/JAM/Jazz Day and your own jazz-related events.
  • Build your ongoing social media presence.
  • Reach  local communities that you have not previously reached
  • Make new connections, or strengthen existing connections, with other local institutions, government agencies and individuals involved in jazz and related cultural production
  • "Meet" and share experiences with others who are planning 2014 JazzApril events or have produced them in the past.
You will also be encouraged, and learn how, to participate in the JJA's 2014 Jazz Heroes program as well as our JazzApril Media Network and JazzApril Community Partners.

After the initial training sessions are completed, we will schedule additional online sessions to allow you to network further with others from your own local community. We can also schedule individual phone sessions with JJA staff who can help you finalize your event and media outreach plan

All sessions are free to you and your organization, but we ask that you commit to attending as many online sessions as possible and to actively participating in networking opportunities.

Write us at jazzapril@jazzjournalists.org if you have questions or comments.  

JazzApril 2013 Photos top to bottom: 1. Young players perform with their elders at B-Sharp's Cafe, a hub for the Tallahassee FL jazz community and host for annual Jazz Hero celebrations. 2. MusicVillage, a non-profit music school in South Bend, IN held a special 2013 JazzApril event to introduce local kids (and everyone!) to jazz. 3.In Boston, Arni Cheatham received his 2013 Jazz Hero Award from noted jazz radio host Eric Jackson at a arty at Wally's Jazz Cafe. Photo:Craig Bailey/Perspective 4. Trumpeter Stephanie Richards wrote a special fanfare performed at the 2013 Jazz Day celebration at the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Queens, New York. 5. Nogales, Arizona  Mayor Arturo Garino presented Ken Tittelbaugh with his 2013 Jazz Hero Award at the Charles Mingus Hometown Music FestivalPhoto by Yvonne Ervin