The Jazz Musician Intensive 2018 - Beyond the bandstand

The Jazz Musician Intensive
Date: 
Thu Jun 28 10:30am
Ticket Price: 
Free admission - open to the public

Co-lead by Bev Foster (Room 217) and Mark Wigmore (arts reporter, JAZZ.FM91), this clinic will explore non-traditional career paths for musicians. Mark Micklethwaite facilitates.

Jazz Musician Intensive clinics are free and open to the public. The 2018 Jazz Musician Intensive is generously supported by Long & McQuade, the Asper Foundation and the Ken Page Memorial Trust.

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 - a new initiative for the 2018 TD Toronto Jazz Festival - seeks to support developing musicians through two streams of activity: a series of daily clinics covering a variety of topics related to the wider music industry; and a series of daily rehearsals, ultimately culminating in a performance on an official TD Toronto Jazz Festival stage.

Bev Foster is an experienced musician and music educator having taught music in both elementary and secondary schools and her private studio. Bev has freelanced as conductor, accompanist, clinician or solo performer in community projects as well as leading initiatives such as the Ontario Vocal Festival, and David Festival. Bev is the Founder and Executive Director of the Room 217 Foundation, a Canadian health-arts organization that uses music to change the care experience by producing and delivering music care products, education, training and consulting and by collaborating in applied music care research. The goal of Room 217’s innovative care approach is to make music more integrated in care settings and personal care plans. Bev speaks and writes on the power of music, especially in life limiting situations. Her passion for music enhancing quality of life and care is contagious.

Mark Wigmore is a radio personality who has worked with CBC Radio, Jazz FM91 and Newstalk 1010, among other outlets. He was the producer of the national network afternoon drive program at CBC MUSIC and his feature articles were seen regularly on cbcmusic.ca; his music and film reviews were a staple of CBC RADIO 1's Fresh Air, Metro Morning, Here and Now, and Big City Small World. From 2007-10, Mark was a host, producer and Arts Editor for the Drive home program on 103.9 PROUD FM in Toronto. He started his career in Toronto covering the arts at NewsTalk 1010, as well as producing the #1-rated weekend morning show.

Mark is a long-time "Big Brother" with Big Brothers Big Sisters Toronto, and was named Big Brother of the Year in 2018. He loves food, documentary film, music and stand-up comedy. Contact Mark at [email protected].