SESSION: What is the future – and the value – of the voluntary jazz club? Merged with: How should local jazz clubs judge their success?
Convener(s): Mike Gordon & Brian Allen
Participants: Pete Lyons, John Blandford, Brian Allen, Roan Kearsey-Lonosen, Margaret +, sue Lightaun
Summary of discussion, conclusions and/or recommendations:
What's criteria for success? Self evaluation consist wholly of whether financial plan is working out OK. (Chichester).
Developing young muisicians important.
Jazz club more than just music – builds up social base from which people can be drawn into wider variety of styles.
Benefits include encouraging young people from the locality.
Massive amount of voluntary time not recognized nationally (ACE, Arts Ministers …). In a smallish local club can be in excess of a 100 hours a week – equates to 100s of thousands of £s a year nationally. Jazz Services could calculate total hours across the country and publicise.
National network of voluntarily promoted venues is massive and lifeblood of the business nationally and essential route for many young developing musicians.
Without financial support from ACE it may not be possible for clubs to take more risks in programming more adventurous things.
Financial support for opera is massively disproportionate – promoters need to be actively lobbying to redress the injustice.
Request jazz Services organize a national voluntary promoters’ conference.