2016 Itinerary

While we continue to finalize the itinerary for KindieComm 2018 – here’s a look at what we did at our last KindieComm (April 2016). For planning purposes, note that the overall timeline will be the same – just the topics/content will change…  


Friday, April 1

4:00-6:30pm: KindieComm Happy Hour

For those arriving Friday, join us upstairs at World Cafe Live for a bit of Philly love! Cash bar and menu available – and the KindieComm Registration table will be open so you can grab your name badge and check in!

Saturday, April 2

*all KindieComm events will be in the Upstairs Cafe of World Cafe Live unless noted

9:00am ~  Free Continental Breakfast

… & free coffee/tea all day – plus cash bar all day

10:00am ~ KindieComm 2016 Welcome Remarks

… from Kathy O’Connell and Robert Drake of Kids Corner, WXPN-FM

10:10-10:45am ~ In The Spotlight

We begin KindieComm with Kathy O’Connell and our special morning guest, Robbi Kumalo. For the past 35 years, Robbi has been involved with entertaining kids – through both music and theater. A winner of a John Lennon Songwriting award, Robbi has a unique combination of song, story-telling, humor and imagination. Robbi’s work celebrates American folklore and diversity, gently reminding us of how profoundly we are all connected via music, history and daily interaction.

10:55-11:40am ~  Academy 101

With two years of annual gatherings under our belt, the time has come for us to spend a little time discovering all that the Recording Academy is working on to support the musicians community nationwide. Joining us for a casual conversation will be several members of The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS) to share some behind-the-scenes updates on various community-based programs, updates on advocacy issues under discussion in Washington D.C. (that could affect every musician) and – of course – share some tips on the whole GRAMMY awards process. As KindieComm is the only national gathering of Kindie musicians and supporters, we felt that the time was now for us to fold in other national organizations that support the musician – such as The Recording Academy. That said, there will be ample time in this morning session for Q&A – – and the free coffee bar will be flowing throughout the day.

  • Joining us for this discussion will be Mark Schulz, Executive Director of the Philadelphia chapter of The Recording Academy, Regina Kelland, Founder To Market Kids with over 30 years in the music industry specializing in the marketing of kids music as well as currently serving on the Board of Governors of the Florida chapter of The Recording Academy, and Jonathan Sprout, longtime member of The Recording Academy and celebrating his 22nd year performing for kids!

11:40-11:55am ~  *a breath of fresh air*

11:55am-1:10pm ~  KindieComm Lunch Break

Joining us for our annual buffet lunch will be a very special guest, legendary jazz musician/composer Bob Dorough. While Bob may hold the world record for uncredited appearances on jazz albums including recording with Miles Davis in 1962, he is best unknown as a voice and primary composer of most of the songs used in Schoolhouse Rock!, the ABC Saturday morning television series that aired throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Kathy O’Connell will chat with Bob on stage while we have lunch – joining them will be filmmaker Mitchell Kezin, who is finishing a documentary on Bob’s rich and vibrant life and musical career! Word is that Bob will perform a few of his favorite Schoolhouse Rock! compositions at the end!

1:30-2:30pm ~ The Kindie Café

Each year in our post-event questionnaire, many folks offer interesting topics to discuss – points they’d like to make or tips/ideas they’d want to share. Some morph their way into a structured breakout session – however others, while just as important, might not warrant an official 45-minute session. With that, we debut The Kindie Café – held upstairs within the World Cafe Live venue – consider this an open mic night with a twist. Instead of performing, we will encourage you to step up and share your ideas, thoughts, solutions – or perhaps a dilemma that you’d like some input on just how to handle … The Kindie Café will be moderated by Kathy or Robert (mostly to keep traffic flowing) and each person will have up to ten minutes on the mic to share their thoughts. The hope is by offering yet another avenue for folks to interact with each other we can nurture new ideas, solutions and even help solve some of those issues you might be facing as a Kindie performer. The Kindie Café is a work-in-progress but we hope we’ll be able to keep this element as part of KindieComm in the years’ ahead.

Click here – or click the Kindie Café tab at the top of the page to submit your topic and we’ll do our best to schedule as many folks as possible during this unique platform.

While The Kindie Café is underway upstairs – we’ll also be hosting three afternoon breakout sessions downstairs that you’re welcome to attend. The Kindie Café deliberately ends at 3:30pm so, you can attend the final breakout session or use that hour of free time to network with other KindieComm attendees at the bar or perhaps outside (weather permitting!) 

1:20-2:05pm ~ School of Hard Knocks: the business of music

The steps one should take to secure their foothold in business as an entertainer or educator in the field of music for children. Using the experience of others to help new business owners avoid the mistakes made in the infancy of business.

  • This discussion will be led by Michael Napolitano, founder of Preschool of Rock which offers music education and entertainment for the young child. During the last decade of providing early childhood education our award winning program has impacted the lives of 250K+ children in private classes and schools. The lessons and activities incorporate fun, music, creative expression, learning and play that aims for emotional and social development. This spring Michael released an album with his new band Michael and the Rockness Monsters. Free of the classroom walls, it’s a kid-focused energetic party written for the sole purpose of having fun. Joining Michael will be Jay Sand, guitarist and children’s music teacher, dad of three girls (6-11 years old) and world traveler (much more so before he became the dad of three girls), developed the All Around This World curriculum with his children as a way to introduce them to the countries he’s already visited and the many more he plans to visit with them. Jay held his first All Around This World classes in 2009 in his West Philadelphia living room. Since then, AATW classes have caught on and spread to multiple cities around the U.S.

(held in the WXPN Conference Room)

2:15-3:00pm ~ Maintaining Your Fan Base

Mailing lists aren’t the most glamorous part of being an entertainer, but they’re the way to communicate with your fan base that you have the most control over. Here’s how to grow your emailing list, how often to communicate with them, what you might say, and when “unsubscribes” are actually a good thing. Also discussed is the use/overuse of social media tools … what works best when. 

  • Leading this chat will be Jason Didner, leader of the Jungle Gym Jam and Michael Welke of The Not-Its! … while they will share their creative ideas on maintaining your fan base, they will encourage you to share your unique ideas with the room as well!

(held in the WXPN Conference Room)

3:10-3:55pm ~ Puppets & Props

The ups and downs of working with props in your live stage show – plus incorporating puppetry into your shows and videos. We’ll be joined by several puppeteers along with some out of this world Kindie prop acts to discuss their craft (and share some dirt!)

  • Joining us in this animated chat will be two performers that have successfully incorporated puppetry into their stage performances: Yosi and Kevin Kammeraad. Additionally, to talented musicians that can also proudly wear the badge “prop acts” will share their stories – John Hadfield and Steven Erdman (Lard Dog).

4:00-5:15pm ~ An Exclusive Concert Taping for The World Cafe 

As KindieComm is not just about the Kindie community – but also celebrating the indie artist – KindieComm registrants will cap off their afternoon with an invitation to join WXPN as we tape a private performance by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros to air on The World Cafe – our crown jewel music program heard on over 200 NPR stations across America! This is a private session and a perfect way to celebrate indie music and public radio! (held in the Downstairs Cafe – KindieComm lanyard required for entrance)

5:15-8pm ~ DINNER BREAK

… a list of nearby locations will be offered as dining options

8pm-11pm ~ 2016 KindieComm Industry Showcase

 … featuring musicians representing the wide scope of the wonderful world of Kindie!

Details on the KindieComm Industry Showcase can be found here.

Sunday, April 3

The Kids Corner Music Festival @ World Cafe Live

Doors: 10:30am / Music 11am-1pm

Featuring performances by

Duke Otherwise
Laura Doherty
Tim Kubart

We will be producing the Kids Corner Music Festival for the general public on Sunday, April 3 at World Cafe Live featuring performances by Duke Otherwise, Laura Doherty and Tim Kubart.  Tickets to Sunday’s show are separate from your registration and you can reserve yours ($15 per) when you register for KindieComm.

Also be sure to take advantage of the KindieComm Mailroom – a designated area where Kindie artists can drop off their latest CDs, media kits and more to those Kindie media folk attending KindieComm. This area will be staffed all day long and be equipped with extra pens/paper for those last-minute personalized notes you might want to include with your items. The purpose of the KindieComm Mailroom is to relieve the stress of hunting down every broadcaster and blogger in attendance. By utilizing this free service, everyone can relax and make the most of their KindieComm experience!

Below is a map of the area – if you’re staying at our host hotel (Holiday Inn Express) note that it’s a straight shot from the hotel to World Cafe Live – as both are on Walnut  Street. You can take a taxi or even a SEPTA bus (Philly’s public transit) which stops just steps away from the hotel — you’d board the #21 or the #42 bus and let the driver know you want to get off at 30th Street.

To those traveling in via Amtrak or the SEPTA Airport Line, you’ll get off at 30th Street Station and exit the building at 30th Street. Take that just two blocks to 30th and Walnut Street and make a right. World Cafe Live is a half-block in at 3025. Both entrances have signage. Taxis are available at 30th Street Station if you want to head directly to your hotel first – and, while we will not have any shuttle service to/from the hotel – taxis are easily flagged on Walnut Street in front of World Cafe Live.

If the weather is nice – the walk through Center City (our downtown area) is pleasant and would take about 10-15 minutes.

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