Open Now: Jazz Road Tours Grant Applications

Mar 23 2020

Update March 24, 2020


As the world responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to let you know that changes are in store for Jazz Road Tours. Over the coming days, we will be revising the national Jazz Road Tours program to reflect a rolling submission process for applications instead of the original April 21 deadline. We will be ready and prepared to accept applications on your schedule to support your tours, whether you already have dates booked or need to wait until musicians and presenters are able to plan dates again. We will provide further updates after we finish updating the guidelines and have additional news to share.

Musicians Can Apply for Jazz Road Tours Grants of up to $15,000

South Arts is now accepting applications for Jazz Road Tours, a national program offering grants of up to $15,000 to support tours by emerging and mid-career jazz artists. Artists can apply for funds to build tours that include three to six sites, with an emphasis on reaching rural, isolated, and underserved communities in combination with dates at more traditional venues. These awards will support tours taking place between August 15, 2020 and August 14, 2021. Applications are due by April 21, 2020.

This 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 Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts, and Western Arts Alliance/WESTAF).

“This year, we have simplified the application process for artists,” said Sara Donnelly, director of jazz with South Arts. “We recognize how challenging it can be for artists to gain footholds in new markets or secure engagements in parts of the country that rarely see touring jazz artists, and Jazz Road aims to make touring possible.”

This cycle of Jazz Road funding will support tours occurring between August 2020 and August 2021. Recipients will be able to use the funds to pay for necessary aspects of touring, including travel, lodging, meals, and artist fees. “Artists deserve to be paid equitably for their work, and Jazz Road is able to ensure that musicians can focus on their art as much as their wallets,” continued Donnelly.

For a full list of eligibility requirements, to review the program guidelines, and to begin your application, visit the South Arts website.