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The Jazz & Heritage Center
1225 N. Rampart Street
New Orleans, LA 70116
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SYNC UP FALL 2018 WORKSHOPS

Sync Up is back! After a summer break, Sync Up - our series of free educational and networking workshops for the entertainment industry - returns with a slate of events designed for independent and aspiring artists.

For the past 10 years the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation has presented the Sync Up conference – a business development initiative for the music industry – during the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell.

Now the Foundation is making the conference a year-round program, with a series of monthly presentations on topics of interest to independent artists.

With subjects like “Producing a Career in Rap,” “Podcasts, Playlists & Radio” and “DIY Graphics for Social Media,” the new monthly series of Sync Up events is designed to provide practical information to working artists who are struggling to launch their careers.

All events take place at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center, 1225 N. Rampart Street. Admission is free.

All events are streamed live via WWOZ, both on their web site and their Facebook page. Videos are archived for on-demand viewing.

For the list of topics from the Spring 2018 Sync Up series, see here or our archive section below.

Wednesday, Sept. 26 - 5:30 p.m.
Sync Up Music*
PRODUCING A CAREER IN RAP
Interview with: Blaqnmild
A legend in the New Orleans music scene for his many years of creating the beats on countless bounce and rap records, Blaqnmild (aka Adam Pigott) is now riding high after he co-produced the hit songs “In My Feelings” and “Nice For What” for megastar Drake.  In this rare public interview, Blaq will talk about how he got his start and his career working with artists like Snoop Dogg, Toni Braxton, Big Freedia, Juvenile and many others.

Thursday, Oct. 25 - 5:30 p.m.
Sync Up Music*
PODCASTS, PLAYLISTS and RADIO
With the proliferation of digital media channels and social networks, there are more avenues than ever to help you find an audience for your music. But which ones to choose? How to approach them?
Presenters:
John Hammond, head of marketing and digital strategy for the Missing Piece Group
Adam Lewis, co-founder of the Planetary Group, a marketing company specializing in non-commercial and college radio promotion and social media marketing

John Hammond is a veteran marketing and digital strategist, and heads up Digital and Marketing services for Missing Piece Group, a digital marketing and PR agency. In this role he has managed album campaigns for a range of artists and labels including Ashley Monroe, Halsey, Belly, Rosanne Cash, and many more. Prior to MPG John led digital and marketing efforts for Sony BMG, Wind-up Records, TVT Records, and Rykodisc, pioneering such techniques as band widgets, social networking in music, user-generated content and direct-to-fan marketing. John grew up a Tulane faculty kid in New Orleans, and spent several years doing summer on-air shifts at WTUL. He also manages Cale Tyson, and is talent buyer for the NJ concert series Outpost in the Burbs.

Adam Lewis a longtime music marketer, having worked at record labels, concert promotion companies and as a tour manager. In addition to co-founding the Planetary Group, which in specializes in non-commercial and college radio promotion and social media marketing, he has many other activities. He was New England Sales Manager for TVT Records, where he played an integral part in the promotion of such acts as Sevendust, Guided By Voices, and Snoop Doggy Dogg. He does all of the publicity, promotion and media buying for Great Northeast Productions, concert promotion company in New England. They have also been responsible for all of the large-scale Phish shows for the last few years, including The Clifford Ball, The Great Went, Lemonwheel, Oswego, It, Coventry, and the 2000 New Year’s Eve show in Florida, which was the largest millennium rock show in the world.

Friday, Nov. 9  - 6:30 p.m.
Sync Up Cinema
An educational and networking event for the film industry. Cocktails, panel discussion and film screening.

Wednesday, Nov. 28 - 5:30 p.m.
Sync Up Music*
DIY GRAPHICS FOR SOCIAL MEDIA
All you need to know about creating your own eye-catching gig posters and other announcements for social media.
Presenters:
Justin Shiels, FSC Interactive creative director
Kia Robinson, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation marketing manager
Lee Martin, independent digital marketing consultant
Mallory Whitfield, LookFar marketing director

Wednesday, Dec. 19 - 5:30 p.m.
Sync Up Music*
BASICS OF FINANCIAL LITERACY FOR MUSICIANS
A primer on things every musician should know about how to manage money.
Presenters:
Jeremy Gelbwaks, management consultant
Patrick Templeman, PS Business Management, managing director

*These events will be streamed live at http://www.WWOZ.org and at WWOZ’s Facebook page.

The Sync Up Music and Sync Up Cinema entertainment industry workshops are programs of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, the nonprofit that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. The Foundation uses the proceeds from Jazz Fest, and other raised funds, for year-round programs in education, economic development and cultural enrichment. For more on what we do, please see http://www.jazzandheritage.org



The Sync Up Conference Festival Archive:
2018's Conference Details
2017's Conference Details
2016's Conference Details
2015's Conference Details
2014's Conference Details
2013's Conference Details
2012's Conference Details
2011's Conference Details
2010's Conference Details
2009's Conference Details
2008's Conference Details


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Sync Up gratefully acknowledges the following sponsors:

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc.