This section includes articles that throw light on “jazz co-ordination”. Jazz co-ordination was devised by the Australia Council, the Australian Government's arts funding and advisory body, in the early 1980s to increase government support for jazz. Part-time jazz co-ordinators in all states were appointed in 1983. Most State arts ministries subsequently provided funds for jazz coordination programs. Eric Myers was a Jazz Co-ordinator from 1983 to the end of 2001. His position became full-time in 1986.
A BASIC STRATEGY FOR NATIONAL TOURING
by Eric Myers
JazzChord, Summer, 95/96
Traditionally, there has been much angst amongst interstate musicians wishingto perform in Sydney - particularly in Perth and Melbourne, two centres producing excellent musicians many of whom would be well worth presenting in leading Sydney venues. Now a similar air of frustration is apparent amongst leading Sydney musicians wishing to take their music to other capital cities and regional centres. There are many difficulties involved in setting up a tour...
THE AUSTRALIAN STAGE AT UMBRIA JAZZ 2001
by Peter Kenyon
I read with pride the Mike Zwerin review. We all know, of course, about the talent here in Australia – Bernie McGann, Ten Part Invention, Ishish, and I could add many more, as could we all. But the rest of the world doesn’t know really, that we even have a jazz scene, let alone one which is riddled with passion and talent, and which is deserving of wider recognition - as they say in the mags! This is where the National Jazz Development (NJD) Program comes in…
OUR EXPERIENCE WITH SENATOR BOB McMULLAN
by Eric Myers
JazzChord, Nov/Dec, 1993
On November 18, 1993, Bruce Johnson (President of the Jazz Co-ordination Association of NSW) and I saw the Minister for the Arts Senator Bob McMullan in his office in Canberra. This meeting came about as a result of a personal invitation to Bruce, issued by Senator McMullan on October 9, 1993, following Bruce’s inaugural Bell Jazz Lecture, to meet and discuss matters relating to jazz…