Jazz Industry Summit

Jazz Industry Summit

Saturday 12 May

Welcome to the inaugural Jazz Industry Summit.  Join us Saturday, May 12 for a day of panel discussions, keynote speakers and performance workshops. Network with industry professionals, media, musicians and fellow jazz lovers.

Jazz Industry Ambassador – Stonnington Jazz is thrilled to welcome our international guest, Don Lucoff.


Artistic Director of Portland Jazz Festival, USA and President of DL Media, Don has over thirty years international music business experience.

The former National Director of Publicity for MCA Records he worked with artists such as Antonio Carlos Jobim, BB.King, Bill Evans and Mel Torme before establishing his own company DL Media in 1989.

Representing heavyweight jazz labels including Blue Note, Impulse! and Verve, Don has worked with artists including Chick Corea, Christian McBride, Max Roach, Freddie Hubbard, Grover Washington Jr., Abbey Lincoln, Terri Lyne Carrington, Kamasi Washington and more.

Don is involved with festivals around the world including: Jazz Aspen Snowmass (Colorado), Barcelona International Jazz festival (Spain), Panama Jazz Festival (Panama), Detroit Jazz Festival (Michigan), Bell Atlantic Jazz Festivals (NY, Boston, Phila. and Washington D.C.), Jazz UV (Xalapa, Mexico), Vancouver International Jazz Festival (B.C.), Akbank Jazz Festival (Istanbul), Jazz Marciac (France), Tuscia in Jazz (Italy) and Festival d’ Ete’ de Quebec (Canada).

Lucoff has served on the National Advisory Board of The Jazz Foundation of America, as well as the Communications Committee chair on the JAI (Jazz Alliance International) board. Additionally, he is an honorary member of the JJA (Jazz Journalists Association).



Saturday 12 May

Location: The Chapel, Chapel Off Chapel

Hosted by Maddy Mac (PBS 106.7FM)


10:00am Keynote Presentation

Speaker: Jazz Industry Ambassador Don Lucoff (DL Media President/ Portland Jazz Festival Executive Director USA)

Hear stories, insights and practical tips from one of America’s foremost experts in Jazz.


10:30am -11:30am Jazz on Record: Recording and Releasing Australian Jazz

Speakers: Tom Ford (Universal/EMI), Brenton Foster (Artist), Sarah Hamilton (Ditto)

Moderator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton (Express Media)


Industry professionals and musicians unite to discuss practical tips and ideas for releasing and recording jazz in the current economy. Learn how to pitch your music to labels; the role of record labels in the Australian industry, how to release your music independently and what formats (CD/LP/Digital) work best for jazz listeners.


11:30am – 12:30pm Jazz Market: PR and marketing for the Jazz artist

Speakers: Sarah Guppy (This Much Talent), Jessica Nicholas (ABC Jazz), Catherine Nichols (Warner Music Australia) Don Lucoff (Portland Jazz Festival Executive Director/DL Media President USA)

Moderator: Simon Winkler (RRR 102.7FM)


Is there room for jazz in the current media landscape? Find out in this informative panel. Learn how to put together an EPK, secure airplay, gain relevant print reviews, promote your gigs and raise your artist profile in a saturated market.


12:30pm-1:30pm Money Matters

Speakers: Dean Linguey (Creative Victoria), Steven Richardson (Creative Partnerships), Angela Davis (Musician, and winner of the Brian Boak Bursary), Jenny Branagan (APRA)

Moderator: Adam Rudegeair (Musician/PBS 106.7FM)


In this practical and informative discussion, panellists discuss revenue streams and funding opportunities for musicians. Learn practical tips for applying for grants; ideas for crowdfunding and sponsorship campaigns; how to best utilize awards and other opportunities. Plus, the panel explores practical approaches on how to continue your creative practice and develop a resilient approach to a career as a working musician through a variety of economic times.


1:30pm-2:30pm Export Ready: Touring and Festivals for the Jazz Artist

Speakers: Sean Foran (artist), Jennifer Kerr (Melbourne International Jazz Festival), Alexie Jell (Executive Artist Manager – James Morrison Enterprises), Don Lucoff (Portland Jazz Festival/DL Media USA)

Moderator: Tracee Hutchinson (Collarts/Music Victoria)

You’ve released an album and toured across the country. Now what? Learn how to get your music overseas and into the right markets. The panel will discuss the ins and outs of touring, international showcasing and provide tips on making the most out of networking events.



Location: The Loft, Chapel Off Chapel


12:30pm -1:30pm Ensemble Workshop with Judy Bailey

Don’t miss one of Australia’s legends of jazz present her radical approach to jazz improvisation. Proving that improvisation is nothing more or less than ‘instant’ composition Judy will give insights and practical tips to bringing your unique style into the jazz context. Bring your instrument and an open mind!


1.30pm-2:30pm Vocal Workshop with Kristin Berardi

Award winning vocalist and Queensland Conservatorium of Music vocal teacher presents this special workshop. Suitable for beginners to professional vocalists, Kristin will discuss how to find your own unique sound and will present techniques for vocal improvisation.


3:30pm -4:30pm Piano Workshop with Adam Rudegeair

Pianist, composer and radio presenter (Black Wax, PBS 106.7FM), Adam Rudegeair breaks down his musical approach which has been heavily influenced by the New Orleans voodoo, Minneapolis funk and composers such as Sun Ra, Thelonious Monk and John Medeski. Covering composition and improvisation, this workshop is suitable for all levels and includes practical tips and audience participation.

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Register for all workshops here.  Please be aware, that participation in a performance workshop requires the purchase

of a Summit ticket. 


Location: The Mezzanine, Chapel Off Chapel

2:30pm -4:30pm

Invite only

In this roundtable forum, industry experts discuss the Australian Jazz scene via robust conversation and a comprehensive analysis of the music scene.



Location: The Foyer, Chapel Off Chapel


To conclude the Jazz Industry Summit, join panellists, musicians and media in the Chapel off Chapel foyer for drinks and nibbles accompanied by live jazz piano.


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