Celebrating the conclusion of the Impact of Festivals project

The Impact of Festivals project ran from November 2015 to November 2016 at the University of East Anglia and was led by Professor George McKay with Dr Emma Webster, in collaboration with the EFG London Jazz Festival; the project was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Connected Communities programme.

The book of the history of the London Jazz Festival is still in progress and we expect to launch the book at the 2017 EFG London Jazz Festival, so watch this space!

Outputs from the project include:-

  • A report on the impact of British music festivals + annotated bibliography + searchable database;
  • A peer-reviewed article on the impact of jazz festivals in Jazz Research Journal plus accompanying annotated bibliography;
  • 25 Years of London Jazz Festival 40,000 word manuscript;
  • Impact of Festival website/blog added to the British Library web archive;
  • Complete collection of London Jazz Festival programmes added to National Jazz Archive;
  • Researching (Jazz) Festivals: A Day of Ideas and Discussion at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival + report launch in April 2016, including interviews with three festival directors and panels featuring festival researchers including Chris Anderton, Matt Brennan, Alison Eales, Nick Gebhardt, Francesco Martinelli, Stephanie Pitts, Roxy Robinson, and Tony Whyton;
  • Jazz the City symposium at London Jazz Festival 2016 – to celebrate the end of this successful project, we ran a Jazz and the City symposium at the EFG London Jazz Festival on Saturday 12th November in the Royal Festival Hall in London’s Southbank Centre. As well as George and Emma, guest panellists were Lauren Kinsell, Mikey Martins, Orphy Robinson, Steve Rubie, Andy Sheppard, Sarah Tandy, and Charles Umney, talking about the impact of festivals on a city, and life as a musician in a city;
  • Conferences and events – George and Emma attended and presented at conferences including MARS, Seinäjoki (Finland); Connected Communities Early Career Researcher conference, Norwich; Jazz Promotion Network, Birmingham; Rhythm Changes IV, Jazz Utopia, Birmingham; Continental Drift: 50 years of jazz in Europe, Edinburgh; Twelve Points Festival, San Sebastian: ‘The jazz festival in Europe’, lecture and panel; IASPM UK-Ireland, Brighton; Wroclaw, European Jazz Network conference, European jazz research network panel member;
  • London Jazz Festival history – database of past shows (volunteer created);
  • Twitter account – 170 followers by end of project, 502 tweets;
  • Timeline of festival history from pre-1950s to present day;
  • Interview transcripts of London Jazz Festival organisers and related venue staff, musicians, etc.