Two days of advocating "MakingMusicIsAProfession."
Last Thursday and Friday I attended the APAP's WAVELENGTH world music pre-conference at the Hilton Hotel and made a short visit to the the JazzConnect conference at Saint Peter's Church in Manhattan. During the two days I distributed the MFM open meeting fliers at both locations and encouraged many musicians to come.
At WAVELENGTH I made "some noise" at various panels with my MFM related questions. Advocating strongly our slogan that Making music is a profession. After the panel, surprisingly, I got some positive responses from members of the audience and from some of the panelists or speakers.
After the panels I talked to speakers and panelists, including Dmitri Vietze (Rock Paper Scissors), Casey Merlin Rae (Future of Music Coalition) by LinkedIn messaging, Ken Umezaki (Digital Daruma), Mark Steiner (GigSalad). Syria's musician Kinan Azmeh, Bill Bragin (NYUAD Arts Center + globalFEST), Ashley Capps (Ace Entertainment), Diana Ezerins (Kennedy Center), Shanta Thake (Joe’s Pub + globalFEST), Fabian Alsultany (Wanderlust), Isabel Soffer (Live Sounds + globalFEST), Sami Abu Shumays (Flushing Town Hall), Neel Murgai and Amir ElSaffar.
All these people were very interested to hear more about MFM. And some of them will be invited to run workshops at MFM in the near future.
I also met and had the chance to chat with following musicians Richard & Paula Bennett, Welf Dorr, Brian Prunka, Samir Langus, Hassan Hakmoun, Wade Shuman, Porangui (Brazil), Saskia Laroo (Holland), WESLI (Canada), Dhalia Dumont & BUYEPONGO, Michela Musolino, and many others.
I also met and chatted with my friends from DROM, Serder Ilhan and Mehmet Dede, Meridian 23's Stefan Andemicael, Meera Dugal (Artrium/Lincoln Center) & Washington DC's presenter and musician Jim Thomson.
Special thanks to Isabel Soffer and Jim Eigo (Jazz Promo Services) to distribute the MFM fliers at their booths.