Designed for emerging and mid-career artists, Jazz Road Tours supports small, three- to six-site tours at a range of venue types, often in rural communities and other areas traditionally underserved by the genre.
With support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the artist-centric grant program is designed to support approximately fifty tours a year.
Jazz Road advisors and panelists recognize the complete history and aesthetic range of excellence within jazz music and are not interested in defining “jazz.” Only individual artists (as an individual, an artist-led nonprofit organization, or an artist-led corporation) may apply. Eligible artists must be a professional jazz artist, working solo or working with a composer-led or collective jazz ensemble that consists of two to ten musicians; be age 18 or over and not currently a full-time student; be based in the U.S. or one of its territories; and be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. (non-residents may participate in a tour but not be paid with Jazz Road Tours funds).
Grant amounts generally will range from $5,000 to $15,000.
To access the full list of requirements, including information about work samples and panelist review criteria, see the Jazz Road Tours website.