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Vortex discussion 14 – “How do we make money in jazz today?”

After so long where we remain in a state where jazz (and other musics) are still in limbo, we have to think how we might be able to earn money in this music both now and also in the longer term. A subject that we can return to all the time.

We are moving on from the original situation where the only jazz was in recordings and the only chance to hear new music was live streamed and we were reliant on goodwill donations. How do we continue with the streamed concerts? How do we value them and generate income for musicians and venues?

Meanwhile, in the UK, we are now allowed some concerts outdoors and outside, concerts with very limited numbers in the audience are presently allowed.

Pianist Sam Leak has been putting a lot of work into analysing this and one should look at his article https://www.musiciansunion.org.uk/Home/News/2020/Jul/The-Great-(Livestreamed)-Gig-in-the-Sky-Sam-Leak

But we have the chance of getting some money from the government as part of their special package for the arts and culture, though we have still to find out the details.

Record labels are sitting with large stocks of CDs which are difficult to sell.

So where do we go from here? This discussion, mediated by Oliver Weindling (Vortex director and founder of Babel Label) is an open-minded thinktank for all!
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4934035526

Meeting ID: 493 403 5526

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