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South Arts Grants Financial Support to 52 Jazz Artists

The nonprofit's Jazz Road Creative Residencies program is distributing $2 million to musicians this year

Michele Rosewoman
Michele Rosewoman performs at the 2016 Montclair Jazz Festival (photo: Ed Berger)

South Arts, a nonprofit arts organization based in Atlanta, has announced a slate of 52 jazz artists to whom it will award grants ranging from approximately $25,000 to $40,000 as part of its Jazz Road Creative Residencies initiative for 2021. The total amount distributed to artists adds up to $2 million.

Jazz Road Creative Residencies is a national program through which South Arts supports jazz artists. The “residency” of its title is defined very broadly, leaving the artists to define the supported projects largely on their own. These include traditional venue residencies, community-driven events, educational workshops, creation of new work, and recording projects (and combinations of these).

Recipients come from every part of the United States and multiple subgenres of jazz. The full list of recipients is below.

Joshua Abrams
Fabian Almazan
Delbert Anderson
Jaimie Branch
Ronnie Burrage
Marc Cary
William Cepeda
Adegoke Steve Colson
Ernest Dawkins
Amy Denio/Tiptons Sax Quartet
Andrew Drury
John Escreet
Orrin Evans
Sammy Figueroa
Chico Freeman
Melvin Gibbs
Wycliffe Gordon
Kip Hanrahan
Craig S. Harris
Lisa E. Harris
Donald Harrison
Nona Hendryx
Magos Herrera
Ben Jaffe
Terry Jenoure
Julia Keefe
Johnaye Kendrick
Jason Marsalis
Jason Moran
Damon Locks
Naima Lowe
M3 Musicians LLC
Aurora Nealand
Adam O’Farrill
Miles Okazaki
Meg Okura
Aruán Ortiz
Clarence Penn
Bobby Previte
Marcus Roberts
Michele Rosewoman
Felipe Salles
Mehmet Ali Sanlikol
Edward Simon
Gordon “Ches” Smith
Jamaaladeen Tacuma
Gregory Tardy
Camille Thurman
Elio Villafranca
Nasheet Waits
Immanuel Wilkins
Mars Williams

Visit South Arts’ website for more information.