The newly-launched Jazz Road Tours program, which aims to help musicians play in rural parts of the country, is now accepting grant applications.
South Arts, an Atlanta-based arts non-profit, is offering grants of up to $15,000 to support tours by emerging and mid-career jazz artists. Artists can apply for funds to build tours that include three to six sites, with an emphasis on bringing jazz to underserved parts of the country.
“We aim to make jazz touring possible for many artists and bands to reach hundreds of new communities per year,” said Sara Donnelly, director of jazz with South Arts. “For many artists, building a financially viable tour can be nearly impossible…With Jazz Road, we are able to help artists bridge that financial gap, and bring live jazz to new audiences.”
The first cycle of Jazz Road funding will support tours occurring between October 2019 and September 2020, with additional cycles to be announced later this year. Artists will use the funds to pay for necessary aspects of touring, including travel, lodging, meals, and artist fees.
To apply, artists must submit information about themselves and any other artists in their ensemble, samples of their work, the structure of the tour, and letters of intent countersigned by the performance venues. Artists living anywhere in the U.S. may apply. A peer panel will review all of the applicants using the criteria of artistic excellence and merit of the proposed tour to recommend funding.
Applications for the first round of Jazz Road Tours are due by August 1, 2019. Artists selected for funding will be informed in September. Full guidelines, program information, and additional details are available on www.jazzroad.org and www.southarts.org.