The Jazz Musician Intensive 2019: Working with agents and record labels

The Jazz Musician Intensive
Thu Jun 27 10:30am
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Free and open to the public

Co-led by Tao-Ming Lau (founder, Blue Crane Agency) and Matt Maw (Artist Management Associate, Six Shooter Records), this clinic covers important tips for working with agents and record labels: how to find the right agent and record label; what agents and labels need from you; managing expectations. Mark Micklethwaite facilitates.

Jazz Musician Intensive clinics are free and open to the public. The 2019 Jazz Musician Intensive is generously supported by Long & McQuade Music Instruments, the Ken Page Memorial Trust and Victoria University.

Developing the next generation of musicians goes beyond providing performance opportunities: in order to have the best chance at future success, musicians must understand what it means, in broad terms, to be a member of the music industry – beyond mastering their instrument. An understanding of the business of music – building a brand, marketing strategy, networking, manufacturing and licensing – are vital to a musician’s long-term viability, especially given today’s rapidly changing digital and online landscapes.

The Jazz Musician Intensive seeks to support developing musicians through two streams of activity: in one, a series of daily clinics, free and open to the public, covers a variety of topics related to the wider music industry; in the other, 8 post-secondary students, selected from the four major GTA post-secondary jazz programs, rehearse daily under the guidance of a local jazz veteran, ultimately culminating in a performance on an official TD Toronto Jazz Festival stage.

Complete information on the Jazz Musician Intensive is available here.

Tao runs Blue Crane Agency (@bluecraneagency), a music booking agency seeking to prioritize women, artists of color, and queer and trans musicians in North America and abroad. The agency has programmed festivals such as Pride Toronto and curated events for Nuit Blanche, Royal Ontario Museum, Mongrel House x Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and more. Tao is a Polaris Music Prize board director, sits on the TD Toronto Jazz Festival Artistic Advisory Committee, and was chosen as a Rising Star in Toronto Life Magazine's 50 Most Influential Torontonians of 2018. Previously, she was at Chicago-based touring agency Billions, Universal Music Canada, and got her start with Carly Rae Jepsen's management and label in Vancouver where she was born and raised. Tao is a queer woman of color seeking to open more doors and establish better infrastructure for marginalized artists.

From Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, Matt is an artist manager based downtown Toronto. Matt works alongside the Six Shooter Records team with management clients that include Tanya Tagaq, William Prince, Zaki Ibrahim, Riit, and The Dead South. Since graduating from the Harris Institute, Matt has worked alongside Arts & Crafts Productions and Field Trip; Vapor RMW; RPM Records; Collective Concerts and Toronto Urban Roots Festival; HOME Music Co. and, New Constellations (festival/tour).

Mark Micklethwaite is a musician, educator, historian, and administrator. He is currently Administrative Coordinator for trumpeter Dave Douglas and Greenleaf Music. His work experience in the music field also includes key positions at the Banff Centre, JAZZ.FM91, and Manhattan School of Music. As an educator, Mark has developed innovative community and educational programing and facilitated relationships with schools and community groups to present many engaging events. He has developed outreach programs, music appreciation courses, and educational videoconferences for students throughout North America. As a freelance drummer for over twenty years, Mark has performed at clubs, concert halls, and festivals throughout North America, Europe, and Egypt. He completed his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music at York University and his Masters of Music at Manhattan School of Music in New York City.

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