February 13, 2017
Esteemed panel featuring Lakecia Benjamin, Ulysses Owens, Jr., Rudresh Mahanthappa and Michael Leonhart lead Jazz Mentors panel focusing on politics, exploitation, diversity and artistic engagement.
Free and open to the public
On February 13, Local 802 American Federation of Musicians and The Council for Living Music will host the eighth installment of JAZZ MENTORS, a series of interactive panel discussions designed to connect up-and-coming musicians with some of New York City’s premier jazz artists to discuss the business components of developing a career in music. Headlined by jazz luminaries Lakecia Benjamin, Ulysses Owens, Jr., Rudresh Mahanthappa and Michael Leonhart, Jazz Mentors 8: “Social Justice, Diversity and Entrepreneurship in Jazz,” will discuss issues of exploitation, race, diversity and artistic engagement in today’s political climate. This panel will guide young and emerging musicians through an open discussion about our civil liberties and the impact of race-gender diversity in music business practices, as well as explore the vitally important and often misunderstood intricacies of the business and career management aspects of professional life in the music industry.
Ms. Benjamin, Mr. Owens Jr., Mr. Mahanthappa and Mr. Leonhart will draw upon their own career experiences while sharing advice, insight and guidance with emerging musicians, thereby addressing a neglected aspect of musicians’ career development. The informal setting allows for a free flowing exchange between the audience and artists, encouraging full audience participation and interaction.