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Jazz Road Tours

Grants to USA Jazz Artists to Conduct
Live Performance Tours in Local Communities

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South Arts - Jazz Road

Deadline Date:

08/01/19 11:59 PM EST


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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 to USA and territories individual jazz artists to conduct tours that bring live jazz music to a variety of venues across the country. Funding is intended to support 3-to-6-site touring routes for both emerging and established mid-career jazz musicians who perform solo or play within a jazz ensemble of 2-10 musicians.

Jazz Road Tours is designed to increase jazz artists’ abilities to book and promote their own tours. In addition, Jazz Road Tours intend to connect jazz artists with new listeners in new places. Artists will receive support for tours that represent new opportunities for them, enable them to develop new audiences, and bring jazz to new communities. Emphasis is placed on including areas and communities with limited recent exposure to live jazz performance.

Jazz Road Tours will support artists who supplement traditional jazz engagements with dates and activities through alternative spaces and ways of programming the music. Tours including non-traditional jazz venues along with anchor presenters whose jazz presenting history and commitment will provide greater stability and higher visibility for the touring artist/ensemble, will be considered most competitive. Jazz Road also will prioritize applications that include venues that are based in rural areas or reach typically underserved communities.

Eligible tour routing will span three to six sites on contiguous dates with a total distance of at least 250 miles, or a tour route spanning three to six sites, at least one of which must be 250 miles from the applicant’s home base. Tours can include more than six sites, as budgeting allows.

Tours may be organized at eligible venues, including performing arts centers, universities, jazz festivals, and less traditional, alternative venues. Funding may be used for performance fees, as well as expenses related to travel, accommodations, meals/per diem, and administrative support for tour promotion and coordination. For a list of eligible organizations and venues, and for further details on eligible expenses, see the Guidelines in Pre-Application Information below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186117

Number of Grants:

This grant program is designed to support approximately 50 tours each year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Jazz Road Tour grants will range from $5,000 – $15,000.

Grant funds will support two types of expenses:

- Expenses directly related to the jazz tour including artist fees, travel, housing, and meals, to a maximum of $12,500
- Administrative costs related to tour coordination and promotion, up to a maximum of $2,500

Term of Contract:

Tours must take place between Oct 2019 and Sept 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Only individual artists (as an individual, an artist-led nonprofit organization, or an artist-led corporation) may apply to Jazz Road Tours. An eligible artist is:

- A professional (age 18 or over and not currently a full-time student) jazz artist, working solo or working with a composer-led or collective jazz ensemble which consists of 2-10 musicians;
- Based in the U.S. or its territories, and is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident;
- Perceived within a career level spectrum from emerging to more established, but not highly popular or saturated within the current jazz market.

Artists who have routinely received major awards and/or honors; consistently receive high fees, extensive tour opportunities, and marquee engagements—for whom this grant would have minor career impact—are not eligible at this time.

It is not likely that Jazz Road funds can accommodate cross-country touring, but will support smaller tour travel expenses, including airfare across states and regions.

Pre-Application Information:

Upcoming Deadlines:

- Application Deadline: August 1st, 2019,11:59 PM EST
- Grant Notification: September 2019
- Grant Period: October 2019 – September 2020

Applicants are encouraged to contact the RAO serving the artist’s home state in advance to learn more about statewide or regional presenters when developing tours, as necessary. Each Regional Arts Organization can assist artists who inquire about potential venues as they develop their tour(s), be they established jazz presenters or newer to the artform. For a list of RAOs, see the link below.

Each venue listed on the tour must demonstrate their commitment to the engagement if the application is funded by providing a signed Letter of Intent (see Letter of Intent in Supporting Documents below).

Expenses directly related to the jazz tour including artist fees, travel, housing, and meals require a 1:1 match by the collective tour presenters. (Administrative costs related to tour coordination and promotion do not require matching presenter funds.)

For more information about Jazz Road:

For a list of Regional Arts Organization representatives:




Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application portal:

For additional information, contact:

Sara Donnelly, Director, Jazz
404-874-7244 x13

Mollie Quinlan-Hayes, Deputy Director for Programs and Accessibility
404-874-7244 x31

South Arts
1800 Peachtree Street NW, Suite 808
Atlanta, GA 30309

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