Combining a diverse set of musical and arts administration skills, Janet Jarriel consults on a regular basis for schools, organizations, seasoned artists and young, emerging artists and presents workshops to prepare young artists for performing careers. Springing from her annual music entrepreneurship class at Mercer University that is co-taught with Steve Ivey, Janet presents helpful master classes and workshops as a part of her ongoing commitment to excellence and reality in the arts. Her philosophy that “you are a business” pervades the examples, dialogue, and instruction that draw from her experience as an artist manager for high profile performing artists.

Steve Ivey, noted Nashville producer, and Janet began Variazi Symposiums to encourage dialogue and give guidance to young artists, producers, and arts administrators on the ever-evolving fields of performing, recording, producing, and management. Steve brings years of award-winning experience in producing, composing, merchandising and distribution to the symposium. Janet offers insight on artist management, performance, career development, publicity and administration. Together, they give a healthy and realistic overview of the tools, skills, and personality required to successfully navigate the music business. Steve and Janet have also collaborated on projects for JEJ Artists and related products.

Sacred music and worship arts have always been important to Janet. Her passion for sacred arts and experience with a wide variety of churches and music converged in her most recent consulting work for Celebrating Grace, Inc., a worship arts publishing company that upholds the value of hymnody in worship as well as music education through children’s choir programs in churches and schools.

Among the institutions Janet has had the pleasure of consulting, presenting, and working are Townsend School of Music at Mercer University, Robert McDuffie Center for Strings, North Carolina School of the Arts, Atlanta Vocal Arts Academy, Ash Lawn Opera, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, Fort Lauderdale, and Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, Bloomington.