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It’s with great pleasure that I welcome Amy Bormet on The Jazz Spotlight podcast!

I got to know Amy a couple of months ago, when I wrote an article about the festival she established in 2011: the Washington Women in Jazz Festival.

In this episode Amy – who, in addition to being one of the coolest festival organizers around is also a talented pianist, singer and composer – gives us a special behind-the-scenes look at the popular Washington Women in Jazz Festival.


More specifically, you will hear more about:

• How Amy became a musician

• How she became a festival director and founded the Washington Women in Jazz Festival

• How she found a place to organize the festival at

• How she puts together lineups and brings new artists to the festival

• How she promotes herself and the festival during the year

• The challenges of running a music festival

• How Amy got funds to support this year’s gala concert

• Amy’s involvement in the Washington D.C.’s jazz scene

• What you, as artist, can do to perform at a jazz festival and/or venue

• How to get into the scene and get press coverage

• What you can do to reach your fans

• And much more!


Links and resources mentioned in this episode:

www.amykbormet.com (Amy’s website)

www.washingtonwomeninjazz.com (the Washington Women in Jazz Festival’s website)

www.thejazzspotlight.com/washingtonwomenjazz (the article I wrote about the festival)

Striking (Amy’s debut record, also available on cdbaby.com)

AWeber (the tool I have been using to build and keep an email list)

Carmen Lundy (the artist who has really impressed Amy)

If you want to learn more about email lists and online promotion you should check out Online Promotion for Artists, Music Venues and Festivals with Bobby Owsinski.


Thank Amy on Twitter!

If you enjoyed this episode and would like to show some love to the Washington Women in Jazz Festival and personally thank Amy for sharing her story, you can easily do so by clicking here