I presented findings from The Impact of Festivals and CHIME projects to a workshop group of European jazz promoters, festival directors and journalists at the annual EJN conference in Ljubljana at the weekend. Ljubljana is a wonderful city I’d last visited in about 1982, as a post-punk student hitching around Europe, when it was still part of the communist state of Yugoslavia.
I could see people writing down and taking photos of the final slide in my short presentation, so I thought it would be worth putting that one up here. It originates in a discussion as part of CHIME at last year’s 12 Points Festival in San Sebastian. We were exploring with other European jazz cultural workers ways of keeping the festival-style event fresh and exciting, and I wrote down as many of the key ideas and suggestions people there were articulating as I could. I’ve discussed the ideas of this slide on Jazz (festival) futures also in 2017 at our CHIME conference in Siena and at the 5th Rhythm Changes conference in Amsterdam. What are you ideas? Do share—I’ll add them to the slide!
With my co-author, postdoctoral research assistant Dr Emma Webster, I’m pleased to draw attention to our newest output from our AHRC-funded project, The Impact of Festivals. This project is in collaboration with our research partner the EFG London Jazz Festival. The new output is a peer-reviewed article for Jazz Research Journal focussed on the impact of jazz festivals in particular. (The wider project embraces pop, folk and classical music festivals too.) The abstract is below. You can access freely a copy of the article here, or below. It appears in Jazz Research Journal 9(2), pp.169-193.
Festivals are an essential part of the jazz world, forming regularly occurring pivot points around which jazz musicians, audiences and organizers plan their lives. Funded by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council, the purpose of this report is to chart and critically examine available writing about the impact of jazz festivals, drawing on both academic and ‘grey’/cultural policy literature in the field. The review presents research findings under the headings of economic impact; socio-political impact; temporal impact and intensification and transformation of experience; creative impact—music and musicians; discovery and audience development; place-making; the mediation of jazz festivals; and environmental impact. It concludes with a set of recommendations for future research, which identifies gaps in the field. To accompany the article, a 100-entry 40,000-word annotated bibliography has also been produced, which is freely accessible online.