Future Conferences

FUTURE CONFERENCE LOCATIONS & DATES:

Jan 3-6, 2018: Hyatt Regency, Dallas, TX
Jan 9-12, 2019: Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, NV
Jan 8-11, 2020: Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, LA
Jan 6-9, 2021: The Galt House, Louisville, KY
Jan 5-8, 2022: Hyatt Regency, Dallas, TX
Jan 4-7, 2023: Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, NV



Choosing a JEN Conference Site:

The Jazz Education Network Board has established a philosophical, practical and fiscally sound approach as we pursue conference locations for the organization. We feel it is important to share these thoughts with our membership as we announce future conference locations and dates.  

  • The decision is made by many people with intensive research into the various sites available to us
  • Since 2013 JEN has asked the 'Hospitality Provider Network' (HPN) to act as our agent in locating comparable sites based on certain criteria. Prior to 2013 we were utilizing a site review committee, but without full-time employees, and most of the Board having full-time jobs elsewhere, it has proven beneficial for HPN to clear the waters for us, as this is their specialty as ‘leaders in the industry.’ Additionally, HPN brings with them significantly more clout due to the number of clients in their collective portfolio and established relationships with all major hotels around the world.

Philosophical position of JEN from which we determine conference sites:

  • All activity under one roof. This limits JEN to 8-10 U.S. hotels with ample space t ohost our conference
  • Affordability of room rates to our membership (note pricing since inception):
    • ​​2010: $75 • Hilton Airport Hotel, St. Louis/Site: University of MO St. Louis • May 23-25
    • 2011: $150 • Roosevelt Hotel, New Orleans, LA • Jan 5-8
    • 2012: $115/$135 • The Galt House, Louisville, KY • Jan 4-7
    • 2013: $119 • Hyatt Regency Peachtree, Atlanta, GA • Jan 2-5
    • 2014: $139 • Hyatt Regency at Reunion, Dallas, TX • Jan 8-11
    • 2015: $169 • Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego, CA • Jan 7-10
    • 2016: $115/$139 • The Galt House, Louisville, KY • Jan 6-9
    • 2017: $169 • Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, LA • Jan 4-7
    • 2018: $149 • Hyatt Regency, Dallas, TX • Jan 3-6
    • 2019: $89/$109 • Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, NV • Jan 9-12
    • 2020: $179 • Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, LA • Jan 8-11
    • 2021: $127/$147 • The Galt House, Louisville, KY • Jan 6-9
    • 2022: $179 • Hyatt Regency, Dallas, TX • Jan 3-6
    • 2023: $99/$119 • Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, NV • Jan 4-7
  • Accessibility to our regional membership by air/drivability by car/bus
  • Mass Transit options from airports to hotel
  • Family friendly atmosphere & a location that is known to cater to student groups
  • Low attrition obligation (Hotels mandate that JEN sell a percentage of the room block in order to receive complimentary event space. Otherwise the event space is very expensive)  
  • Low food & beverage obligation (Hotels mandate that JEN purchase a minimum of food and beverage that can be very expensive)
  • Generous Concessions to the organization which assist the organization with keeping the costs associated with producing the conference LOW!
  • Ability to bring the conference in at or under the established budget
  • Established a 3-4 year rotation of conference sites to create familiarity with the venues for maintaining production costs and membership costs to attend stable