Creating A Scene

Networking and Audience Development in the Digital Age

The Digital age has brought the arts community access to the entire world. In the process existing communities have disappeared on a local and national level mostly due to changing revenue streams. To make sense out of chaos, it has become more and more important to shape communities of artists and audiences in order to create a scene that can support and sustain creative music. This panel set out to understand and explore the challenges and accomplishments in successful models of creative music scenes around the world.


Jan Ole Otnæs – Oslo, Norway

Artistic Director of Moldejazz in Oslo presenting 150 concerts yearly.  Jan has also been on the board of Europe Jazz Network for five years, becoming the president in 2018. Board member of Norwegian Arts Council and active in the Norwegian jazz community for fifty years.

Reiner Michalke – Cologne, Germany

Artistic Director of the European Centre for Jazz and Contemporary Music at Stadtgarten Cologne, Artistic Managing Director of the Monheim Triennial and artistic director of the Moers Festival and member of the artistic direction of the MusikTriennale Köln where he was responsible for Jazz & Improvised Music and the first major exhibition of Norwegian jazz outside Norway (“Sounds From the North“) in 2000.

Rainbow Robert – Vancouver, BC

As the Managing Artistic Director for Coastal Jazz, she curates the program for the Vancouver International Jazz Festival. Rainbow is also known for supporting the development of Jazz Festivals Canada, through its 17 year evolution from a small regional presenters network into a vibrant touring network that represents 22 of the leading jazz festivals in Canada.

Jordan David – Ottawa, ON

An Ottawa based Producer/DJ/Curator and event organizer. Co-founder of music and arts collective, Music.Art.Ppl.  Having worked and collaborated with organizations such as the National Arts Centre, Ottawa Art Gallery, RBC Bluesfest, TD Ottawa Jazz Festival, CKCU, Ottawa Children’s Festival, House of Paint Urban Arts Festival and more. Jordan David is currently the talent buyer and stage manager of Ottawa’s newest music venue & social hub, Queen St. Fare.

Moderator: James Hale – Ottawa, ON

James Hale has been a contributor to DownBeat magazine for more than 20 years. He also writes a monthly column for, and is one of the co-authors of the Jazz & Blues Encyclopedia. He has participated in and moderated panel discussions about jazz at jazz festivals in North America and Europe.