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South Arts opens apps for Jazz Road Tours grants

PLUS: jazz creative residency grant opens soon

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, March 8, 2023

South Arts is pleased to announce that the next application cycle of Jazz Road Tours is now open and Jazz Road Creative Residencies will open on February 8.

These artist-centric grant programs put funds directly in the hands of jazz artists across the US to connect with audiences and develop creative work. Jazz Road Tours grants range from $5,000 to $15,000, funding the artists directly to cover a portion of eligible tour expenses including artist fees, travel, housing, meals, backline, road/sound/tour management, and costs related to tour coordination and promotion. The Jazz Road Tours program is designed to help artists earn a living wage while on the road. The next application cycle is now open with a deadline of March 8, and additional regular deadlines throughout the coming years.

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Jazz Road Creative Residencies grants range from $5,000 to $40,000, to remove financial barriers that keep artists from investing deeply in their creative practice, attending to their artistic and professional growth, and experimenting across a wide range of artistic and community engagement possibilities throughout the US. Through these grants, jazz artists can propose, build, and develop their own creative residency to further explore their work. The next application cycle will open on Feb. 8 with a deadline of April 8.

Informational Webinar

An information webinar will be held on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023, from 3-4:30 p.m. ET to share our vision for these programs and best practices on assembling a successful application. Register today to join us! The webinar will be recorded and posted on our site soon afterward.

Jason Rapp

South Arts launches $40,000 jazz residencies

Second phase of national jazz initiative

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Thursday, July 1, 2021

South Arts is now accepting applications for the second phase of its national jazz initiative: Jazz Road Creative Residencies.

Through Jazz Road Creative Residencies, artists can apply for grants of $5,000-$40,000 to develop their own personalized residency and further explore their artform. Applications are open through July 1, 2021. “We are so excited to expand our programs for jazz musicians across the United States,” explained Sara Donnelly, program director with South Arts. “With a Jazz Road Creative Residencies grant, artists will have the flexibility to design and propose their own project, which can be anything from dedicated time writing new work to immersive engagement in a community or completing a new recording. We are putting the direction and power directly in the hands of the artists.” Although the concept for Jazz Road Creative Residencies was planned a few years ago, South Arts reframed the plans in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. “The shelter-in-place mentality has forced jazz artists into periods of incubation and renewal,” continued Donnelly, “while building up the hunger for new and deeper connections across communities and in collaborations.” Jazz Road Creative Residencies will give artists the financial bridge necessary to close this growing gap between their plans for creativity and securing the resources to make it happen. The concept and definition of “residency” is left broad, so artists can make a proposal suiting their needs for artistic creation and connecting with audiences. An artist’s proposed project may be conducted on their own, in collaboration with other artists, and/or in partnership with organizations. Applicable projects must be one to three weeks in duration and occur between October 2021 and June 2022. Artists may request up to $40,000 and no matching funds are required. Applications are due July 1, 2021. Jazz Road, a national program funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, 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, New England Foundation for the Arts, and Western Arts Alliance/WESTAF). Jazz Road Creative Residencies is the second ongoing grant opportunity in this project, adding to the Jazz Road Tours opportunity. Through Jazz Road Tours, artists may request up to $15,000 to support multi-city tours connecting with new audiences across the country. To learn more about Jazz Road or begin an application, visit www.southarts.org or call 404.874.7244.

About South Arts

South Arts advances Southern vitality through the arts. The nonprofit regional arts organization was founded in 1975 to build on the South’s unique heritage and enhance the public value of the arts. South Arts’ work responds to the arts environment and cultural trends with a regional perspective. South Arts offers an annual portfolio of activities designed to support the success of artists and arts providers in the South, address the needs of Southern communities through impactful arts-based programs, and celebrate the excellence, innovation, value and power of the arts of the South. For more information, visit www.southarts.org.

Jason Rapp