Hi, whilst no means an exhaustive list we are really interested to hear different viewpoints and to find out what is happening in your part of the world. Start comments on any of the following, or create a new area if its something you feel needs to be addressed. We are specifically interested in the Australian scene, but if overseas references are relevant please mention them.
Background – what is happening in your neck of the woods? What sort of venues are there? Is there good media coverage? What sort of audiences and how many are coming along? Is marketing working? What sort of marketing do you do – fliers, emails, adverts, online, blogging?
Artist fees – what are they? There seems to be a variety of payscales around the country. Do you have to self present? What about recording fees?
Touring Circuits – Where do they exist? Are venues supportive? Do you receive fees or have box office splits?
Audiences – are there enough audiences to go around? how much are they willing to pay? where might we find new audiences?
Funding, revenue – making a living – can you survive on what you earn from music alone? What sort of fees are venues/promoters willing to pay? How do you make money? What about other funding sources – philanthropy? sponsorship, grants? Are these viable, have you been successful or not?
Artist development – mentoring, networking, musical development, admin skills, do these areas need more support? what do you think are the essential things people in the industry need to know?
Agents/Promotors – should we have more of them? are the promoters out there doing a good job? Would this genre benefit for having higher profile ie DVD’s, promo clips etc
Media- is there enough media coverage? Does it help attendances? profiling? CD sales? what is the difference between mainstream media and niche avenues of publicity.
Education – should there be closer relationships with teaching establishments? Can artists offer education to others? Should education be continuous throughout your career?
Venues – are they supportive? what sort of performance opportunities are there? does having a dedicated venue help? should there be more integration across different kinds of venues and artforms? what about underground venues – how do these impact the scene?
Way forward – any ideas on how to improve any of the above, or new ideas on future possibilities that we haven’t really looked at yet?
If there are good reasons why things didn’t happen in the past, by all means raise this, but please address these as lessons to be learnt and indicate how we can turn these lessons into positives.
I am happy to chat with anyone who has an opinion and really want to have some dialogue happening.
Even the name for this initiative is up for grabs, but lets not get bogged down with micro detail at this stage, lets focus on the big picture.
All the best and thanks Joanne – jkeeatnationaljazzalliance.com.au