Co-lead by Tracy Jenkins (Lula Lounge) and Dalton Higgins (freelance agent, manager and concert promoter), this clinic covers the basics of business; making connections; helpful resources and more. 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.
Tracy Jenkins is co-artistic and executive director of Lula Music and Centre which presents year-round jazz, salsa and global music series, the annual Lulaworld festival and many cultural workshops for youth. While most of these activities take place at the Toronto venue Lula Lounge, Tracy oversees many strategic partnerships that allow LMAC to expand its reach, regionally and nationally.
Tracy’s recent projects have included Canada’s first Women in Percussion festival, the development of the world/Latin music label and publishing company Lulaworld records and a series of workshops and panels on diversity in the music industry (spearheaded by Polyphonic Ground). Tracy serves on the board of directors for Music Canada Live, The Toronto Arts Council’s Music Committee, the Dundas West BIA and the Toronto Music Advisory Council. She is co-chair of the MCL’s Regional Advisory Committee on venue sustainability.
Dalton Higgins is a PR strategist & publicist, author of six books, and a live music presenter whose work has taken him throughout the United States, Denmark, France, Curacao, Australia, Germany, Colombia, England, Spain, and Cuba. Dalton has worked on publicity campaigns for many successful Canadian artists including Grammy Award nominee A-Trak, Juno Award winners (Jazz Cartier, Kardinal Offishall, K’naan, Classified) and nominees (Allan Rayman, Emmanuel Jal), international acts like Mercury Prize winner Benjamin Clementine (UK), BET Award winner Stonebwoy (Ghana), the King of Soca - Machel Montano (Trinidad), rising rap superstar Manu Crooks (Australia), and eclectic R&B/electronic powerhouses alllie, and Maylee Todd. While booking concerts for SHINE (NYC), Harbourfront Centre, and for his own Rap N' Roll concert productions over the last 15 years, Higgins wrote the biography of the rapper Drake, Far From Over, which is in Cleveland’s Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame & Museum collection, and the book Hip Hop World, which is carried in Harvard University’s hip hop archive.