November 29, 2021 – Jazz Road, South Arts’ national initiative supporting jazz artists, announces the latest Jazz Road Tours grant recipients receiving more than $ 375,000. Through Jazz Road Tours, artists can apply for up to $ 15,000 to help support the tour of their work in communities across the country. These latest recipients add to the growing list of artists that South Arts is helping get back on the road as theaters reopen to the public following COVID-19 restrictions.
“The past six months have shown that the performance possibilities frozen by the pandemic are thawing for jazz artists,” said Sara Donnelly, director of jazz at South Arts. “Although jazz has lost important venues, many are re-booking shows and artists are carefully considering a safe return to touring. There is such exuberance in making these tours. We are happy to build a national framework for concert sustainability and better salaries for artists as we look to the end of the pandemic. “
Some of the artists who receive grants from Jazz Road Tours as part of this round of funding include:
- New York singer Samara Joy received $ 15,000 for a tour with the Pasquale Grasso Trio in Missouri, Arkansas, Ohio and Michigan.
- The Smoogies of Miami, Florida will receive $ 10,650 to embark on their first tour with performances in New York, Illinois and California.
- Isaiah Collier & The Chosen Few from Chicago, Illinois will receive $ 15,000 to perform at creative spaces such as The Imperial in Miami and Dupont Underground in Washington, DC.
These 31 recipients add to the growing list of artists who have received Jazz Road Tours and Jazz Road Creative Residencies grants as well as previous COVID-19 relief grants from the Jazz Road Quick Assist Fund. Through Jazz Road, South Arts is investing $ 5.5 million in the country’s jazz infrastructure by providing grants directly to artists so they can develop and explore their work while receiving fair compensation.
Jazz Road Tours grants remain open, accepting applications on an ongoing basis for tours running through June 2022. Artists across the country can apply for funds through the South Arts website to support tours of three at six sites with grants of up to $ 15,000.
Jazz Road, a national program funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, is run by South Arts in partnership with the other five regional arts organizations in the United States (Arts Midwest, Mid-America Arts Alliance, Mid Atlantic Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts and Western Arts Alliance / WESTAF).
To learn more about Jazz Road and find out more about each Jazz Road Tours recipient and their projects, visit www.southarts.org or call 404.874.7244.