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Next Jazz Legacy Accepting Applications Until Oct. 31 for Its Second Class

The three-year program for female and non-binary musicians provides mentorship and apprenticeship opportunities

Next Jazz Legacy awardee Alexis Lombre
Pianist Alexis Lombre is one of the initial class of seven Next Jazz Legacy awardees.

Next Jazz Legacy, a joint initiative of New Music USA and the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice that champions women and non-binary musicians in jazz, is accepting applications for its second class of awardees until October 31.

Applications are available here.

Funded by the Mellon Foundation, Next Jazz Legacy is a three-year program that seeks to broaden jazz’s gender diversity by directly investing in it. Awardees receive $10,000, a creative mentorship with an established artist, and a yearlong performance apprenticeship with another established artist, as well as professional promotional support.

The first class of awardees comprised seven female and nonbinary musicians from the United States, Sweden, the Dominican Republic, and Kazakhstan who are working with a group of mentors that includes Wayne Shorter, Kris Davis, Bobby McFerrin, Tia Fuller, Marcus Miller, Linda May Han Oh, Chris Potter, Mary Halvorson, Brandon Ross, esperanza spalding, Bill Stewart, and Jen Shyu. (Two of those seven musicians, pianist Alexis Lombre and trombonist Kalia Vandever, have been profiled in JazzTimes within the past year.)

Find more information about the Next Jazz Legacy program, including application guidelines and an FAQ, at the New Music USA website.


New Music USA and Berklee Launch Next Jazz Legacy Program

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