Jazz Road: Call for presenters, programmers, and venues
Jazz Road is a new national program to help jazz artists tour by connecting with jazz presenting organizations throughout the U.S., including non-traditional jazz programmers and organizations newly interested in jazz. Beginning in Spring 2019, artists will be eligible for grants through a competitive application process to create tours anywhere in the U.S. We are writing you today because your organization may want to be a part of a Jazz Road project, partner with artists to build new jazz audiences, and potentially receive partial artist fee subsidy when an applicant is awarded a Jazz Road grant.

Here’s what you need to know:

1. Jazz Road* is a national program to help jazz artists residing in every part of the country develop small (three-to-six site) tours. Each Regional Arts Organization (RAO - http://jazzroad.southarts.org/about-jazz-road#who) will assist artists who inquire about potential host venues as they develop their tour(s) -- be they established jazz presenters or newer to the art form.

2. Jazz Road aims to engage the full spectrum of jazz programmers and venues. This includes non-traditional or alternative spaces for jazz, clubs, performing arts centers, and established jazz programs or festivals. Jazz Road encourages the presenting of jazz in new ways, and bringing artists to underserved, isolated and rural areas to build audiences for jazz.

3. Jazz Road will support artists to work with not only established jazz programs (both nonprofit and commercial), but also with organizations that may not be so immediately or currently associated with jazz such as;
a. artist spaces
b. community centers
c. Church/Synagogue/Mosque (or other place of worship)
d. galleries
e. listening rooms and libraries
f. house concerts
g. open-air-markets
h. retail and civic events
i. social scene hotspots

4. Jazz Road will support artists and presenters in collaboration to create new audiences for jazz in new locations.

5. Grants will be awarded to fairly pay artists when presenters with smaller budgets may not have the capacity to do so. Jazz Road defines small budget presenters as relative to the presenter’s setting and generally with organizational budgets under $100,000. Presenters with larger budgets are also eligible to participate in Jazz Road tours.

6. Jazz Road Tours Guidelines will be available in Spring 2019. The first deadline is July 1, 2019 for tours taking place between September 2019 – August 2020. Jazz Road is currently active through June 2022.

Are you a presenter or programmer interested in much of what is described above? If so, would you like to receive more information about Jazz Road and how to become part of a tour? Please let us know more about you:

* Jazz Road is funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and is led by South Arts in partnership with the five other U.S. Regional Arts Organizations (Arts Midwest, Mid-America Arts Alliance, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts, and Western Arts Alliance/Western States Arts Federation. For more information about Jazz Road, including Program Description, Grant Application Form and Deadlines, Jazz Road Guidelines will be available at www.jazzroad.org in Spring 2019.

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