Conference Panels

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HillFest 2019 Conference

Join the discussion on topics that affect our performing arts community locally and nationally. Topics range from Arts Policy and advocacy, music education, the music industry, digital marketing and more.

Panelists may include local or federally elected officials, professiona musicians, music educators, arts administrators, members of GRAMMY’s, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI), Society of European Stage Authors and Composers (SESAC) and more.

In between each panel conference attendees are invited to enjoy performances by DC based musicians.

Attendees will receive a grab bag of information and swag related to the discussion, music education and advocacy.

Hillfest 2019 Conference Panel Schedule (All events @ The Yard, 1st floor conference room)

Thursday October 10th, 2019

11:00 a.m. Washington Women in Jazz Panel

Panelist: (TBA)

Historically the music industry has been male dominated with exception of a few women who have typically been acknowledged only for singing and sex appeal. Panelists will have a candid conversation on how the Jazz community can uplift and promote women performers, educators, students and presenters.

12:00 p.m. Simone Baron Trio

1:00 p.m. Mental Health in the Entertainment Industry

Depression, anxiety, and even suicide can be a reality for many in the Entertainment industry. Panelists discuss methods for artists to maintain their mental health while maintaining a public persona.

Friday October 11th, 2019

11:00 a.m. Marketing Jazz 2.0

How can the Jazz community update its marketing and branding strategies to be competitive in today’s industry. Panelists will examine digital marketing strategies used by artists in other music genres that can be adopted for today’s Jazz musician.

12:00 p.m. Trey Sorrells Trio

1:00 p.m. DontMuteDC

In the past few years Washington, DC has seen a influx of newcomers that are actively opposing crucial musical aspects of DC Culture; Go-Go music and street performers. This opposition has resulted in legislation introduced last year by the city council that if passed would fine arrest street performers who play too loudly. This year a rally was held in support of a telecommunication store that historically plays Go-Go music on a speaker in front of its doors was asked to turn down their music by residents of newly built condominium. Panelists will discuss how D.C. natives, longtime residents and newcomers can coexist in a rapidly developing city.