The NYFQ members each have their own webpages, Facebook pages, email lists, press lists, contacts in the literary and music worlds in addition to connections with venues, non-profit organizations, county, state, and federal granting entities. They have received Meet the Composer grants and New York State Council on the Arts grants, Arts International grants in Estonia, Massachusetts Council on the Arts grants for educational programing within middle school to buy drums to support discussion and percussion program, and Boston Symphony Hall Days in the Arts grants that exposed urban middle school children to classical music and art resources in the city of Boston. They have also written grants for different cultural institutions as board members and performing artists. They run independent record labels and publishing companies and have released many LPs, cassettes, and CDs under their individual names. The New York Free Quartet is in the process of releasing a CD recorded in 2014 entitled FREE PLAY (4th Stream Records). We have a Facebook bandpage; the NYFQ Facebook.com bandpage link: New YORK Free Quartet/nyfq; Name of page: New YORK Free Quartet/nyfq. We are aware of current business trends and how to market our product and are happy to share our experiences with any people who are getting into the music business.

Models of music marketing have changed drastically due to technological developments having to do with the way music is played, sold, and distributed through various devices. We will first give a history of recording in the US using jazz as an example. We will examine the effect WWII had on the music focusing upon how the war relates to jazz expressions and the way the music reflects the times. The distribution of jazz has evolved since those earliest times. We will look at the distribution of the music from past to present to see the way jazz is listened to and consumed, comparing the effect of live jazz versus recorded jazz and jazz over the broadcast media such as iTunes, YouTube, FaceBook, Pandora, music websites with a jazz category, and SoundCloud files emphasizing that this is constantly evolving into new forms. Class discussion, lecture and listening sessions will constitute the teaching format so as to enhance the marketing of jazz as a cultural art form through media-savvy examples. Students will be encouraged to develop their own media protocols and present them to the class.

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