32nd IAJE Annual Conference – Jan. 5-8, 2005

IAJE32nd IAJE Annual Conference
Long Beach, CA – Jan. 5-8, 2005
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Herbie Hancock to receive the IAJE President’s Award at a Gala Concert Event.

Planners are pursuing an ambitious vision for the 32nd IAJE Annual Conference, which returns to the Long Beach, Calif. Convention and Entertainment Center Jan. 5-8, 2005. Recognized as the largest gathering of the global jazz community, upwards of 7,000 educators, musicians, record executives, IAJEexhibitors, media, and enthusiasts are expected to attend. Education will be firmly at the heart of the conference agenda, and with the record number of clinics, concerts, and activities, the 2005 IAJE conference program is expected to provide a great chance for professional development and renewal.

Technology Track
Special care will be given to scheduling sessions of interest to grass roots educators at all levels, including an expanded technology track. Sessions in the Technology Track will include hands-on training in popular music software, using technology to support jazz education in and out of the classroom, fund raising, and more. Open lab times will also be scheduled throughout the conference.

Industry Track
An industry track will offer sessions on career development, artist management, jazz journalism, block booking, foundation and corporate support, audience development, new media and Internet issues, record promotion, distance learning and much more. Co-sponsors of the industry track include JazzTimes, Down Beat, Jazziz, Jazz Report, Coda, NARAS, BET Jazz, the Jazz Journalists Association and DL Media.

IJFO International Jazz Award
The International Jazz Festivals Organization and IAJE will present the fourth annual International Jazz Award. Revised in 2004 to recognize a rising artist who has yet to sign a major record contract, the award includes a $5,000 prize. Additionally, the award offers the opportunity to tour a minimum of six IJFO member festivals during the summer following the award as well as career counseling and support.

The conference will also feature a 60,000 square-foot industry exposition where instrument manufacturers, music publishers, specialty travel agencies, recording companies, festivals, colleges and universities, artist booking agencies and others will exhibit products and services. The exhibit hall will open with fanfare on Thursday evening, January 6. READ MORE

Other conference highlights will include the annual NEA Jazz Master Awards Concert; performances by the IAJE Sisters in Jazz Collegiate All-Stars, the Clifford Brown/Stan Getz All-Stars and a number of outstanding school ensembles from around the world; the world premiere of the Herb Alpert Endowment Fund Gil Evans Commission and the ASCAP/IAJE Commissions honoring Count Basie; a Leadership Institute to provide training and development for IAJE volunteer leaders and unit officers; and research paper presentations.

With over 8,000 members in 40 countries, IAJE is the leading authority and primary voice for the promotion of jazz through education and outreach.

To contact IAJE:
International Association for Jazz Education
PO Box 724
Manhattan, KS 66505 U.S.A.
Phone: (785) 776-8744 Fax: (785) 776-6190