Jazz artists can apply for residency grants through the South Arts organization

Based in Atlanta, Georgia, South Arts is a regional nonprofit arts organization that empowers artists, organizations, and communities, and improves access to arts and culture. In partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and arts agencies in the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and of Tennessee, with additional funding from other public and private donors such as the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation — South Arts support artists and organizations with a rich and responsive portfolio of grants, scholarships and programs.

Although the concept of the Jazz Road Creative Residencies was planned a few years ago, South Arts has reframed the plans in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. “The refuge-in-place mentality has forced jazz artists into periods of incubation and renewal,” Donnelly continued, “while creating a thirst for new and deeper connections between communities and in collaborations.” Jazz Road Creative Residencies will give artists the financial bridge needed to bridge this growing gap between their creative endeavors and securing the necessary resources to achieve them.

The concept and definition of “residency” is left in the broad sense, so that artists can make a proposal suited to their needs for artistic creation and connection with the public. The project proposed by an artist can be carried out alone, in collaboration with other artists and / or in partnership with organizations. Applicable projects must last one to three weeks and take place between October 2021 and June 2022. Artists can request up to $ 40,000 and no matching funds are required.

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). Jazz Road Creative Residencies is the second ongoing grant opportunity in this project, in addition to the Jazz Road Tours opportunity. Through Jazz Road Tours, artists can apply for up to $ 15,000 to support multi-city tours connecting with new audiences across the country.

To learn more about Jazz Road or to start an application, visit here or call (404) 874-7244.

Ada J. Kenney