This year’s Conference will run via a virtual platform and will be hosted by St Paul’s School, London. The Conference title remains “Working Together Creatively”, bringing together the twin themes of Composition and Partnerships. With so much upheaval in how music can be delivered and shared in the last year or so, these two strands are as important as ever as we tentatively look towards rebuilding our musical connections. Sessions will focus on ways to develop creative responses from young people, not just through dots on paper but also by taking first steps with jazz and improvisation, through world traditions, or a variety of technology-based resources. There will also be important advice on how you can get started with new partnerships, and see how existing ones have benefited all parties and led to amazing positive outcomes. ...
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The performing arts sector is encountering an unprecedented challenge for hosting in-person events safely during this global pandemic, climate crises, and recession. Fortunately, these calamities offer the opportunity for artists and presenters to employ their creativity and ingenuity to develop new types of shared experiences. These free PAR webinar sessions will begin with a framework to help guide decision makers to either modify or virtualize their gatherings using case studies from Denver’s 5 Points Jazz Festival (May 2020) and Alabama’s Women in Jazz Festival (September 2020). Webinars will explore the experiences and hard-won wisdom related to re-opening venues, making audiences feel safe, and exploring new operational protocols for venues and artists. ...
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