Jazz & Heritage Foundation's Sync Up workshop features rock manager Elliot Roberts Feb. 28


Elliot Robers (left) will be interviewed by Warren Zanes at a Sync Up workshop. - COURTESY JAZZ & HERITAGE FOUNDATION
  • Elliot Robers (left) will be interviewed by Warren Zanes at a Sync Up workshop.

For 10 years, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation has hosted the Sync Up conference during the Jazz & Heritage Festival. It typically focuses on business and technology issues, such as licensing music in films, TV and other media. This year, the foundation has changed the format into a series of monthly workshops. The next installment is Feb. 28 with band manager Elliot Roberts, who has worked with Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Talking Heads, Devo, Tracy Chapman, Tom Petty and many others. He will be interviewed by Warren Zanes, who published a biography of Petty. Zanes also performed in the Del Fuegos and is a former vice president of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The interview follows a panel discussion about how to book a tour for a band or artist. The panel includes Tavia Osbey, manager for Tank and the Bangas, Mousa Hamdan, manager for Curren$y, Corner Boy P. and T.Y., Paul Sanchez and Lou Hill, bandleader for Water Seed. Admission is free, but space is limited. Those interested in attending can RSVP here, where there also is a list of upcoming workshops. The panel begins at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Jazz & Heritage Center (1225 N. Rampart St.).

Upcoming Sync Up workshops include a session on creating a band website March 12 with Lee Martin, who has designed sites for Foo Fighters and Beck, and others.

An April 11 panel discusses how much to spend on a music video. A May 16 session covers social media strategies, and on June 27, there's an interview with blues guitarist Samantha Fish.

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