A closeup of a man sitting on stage surrounded by different pianos and soundboards, He wears a red scarf and laughs as plays.

Jazz Touring Network member, Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts presented Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio in 2017. Photo: Greg Cristman.

The Jazz Touring Network is a presenter-based membership program that provides support for professional development opportunities and performance fee subsidies for its participants. New members are selected on an annual basis through an open, competitive selection process. Membership criteria for JTN prioritizes performing arts presenters in the mid-Atlantic region with little or no experience presenting jazz, while also encouraging applications from experienced jazz presenters seeking to strengthen their programming. The JTN prioritizes participation by presenters that work in and with communities underserved by the arts. Once selected, membership in the program is ongoing contingent upon meeting annual participation requirements.

A list of current JTN members is available on the Members tab.

Questions regarding the Jazz Touring Network should be directed to Jess Porter at jess@midatlanticarts.org.

The Jazz Touring Network is made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program.


The application deadline for the Jazz Touring Network was August, 25, 2017.

Applicants who submitted a 2017-2018 application will be notified of their status in September 2017.

The guidelines and application below are for information purposes only.

Download the 2017-2018 Jazz Touring Network Guidelines as a PDF file.
Download the 2017-2018 Jazz Touring Network Application as a PDF file.

Current Tours

2017-2018 Jazz Touring Network Engagements

All schedules are subject to change. Please check with the performance venue to confirm dates and times, and for ticket information.

Alicia Olatuja promo shot.

Photo: Carsten Fleck.

Alicia Olatuja, Jersey City, NJ

Praised by The New York Times for her “strong, lustrous tone and amiably regal presence onstage,” Alicia Olatuja has been astounding audiences nationwide with her exquisite vocals, artistic versatility, and captivating demeanor. Originally from St. Louis, Alicia Olatuja grew up immersed in a wide range of musical styles, including gospel, soul, jazz, and classical. She came into the national spotlight in 2013 when she performed as the featured soloist with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir at the second inauguration of President Barack Obama. Olatuja’s first solo album “Timeless” was released in 2014. More recently, she has continued touring with her band, performing at the Jazz Standard, Birdland, Vermont Jazz Center, Sioux Falls JazzFest, Rockport Jazz Festival, Markham Jazz Festival, Monty Alexander Jazz Fest, Rochester International Jazz Festival, Saratoga Jazz Festival, Montreal International Jazz Festival, Harlem Stage Gatehouse, as well as at numerous Performing Arts Centers throughout the U.S.

1/30/2018 Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
2/1/2018 Modlin Center for the Arts at University of Richmond, Richmond, VA
2/2/2018 Weinberg Center for the Arts, Frederick, MD
2/9/2018 Hamilton College Performing Arts, Clinton, NY
2/10/2018 Cornell Concert Series at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
3/10/2018 Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY
3/11/2018 Christina Cultural Arts Center, Wilmington, DE
5/18/2018 Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Lake Placid, NY


AJOYO promo shot

Photo: Cyrill Matter.

Ajoyo, New York, NY

AJOYO is the vision of multi-reed player Yacine Boularès, a mystic brew blending African tradition, jazz and soul.  More than music, it’s a joyful ceremony, a fuller experience bringing musicians and audience close together. AJOYO chants in the name of Tony Allen, Oum Khalsoum, Charlie Parker and Donnie Hathaway. Stomping towards you in the eye of the dancer, arms open, horns, bell and bass interwoven like the fabric of a ceremonial dress, AJOYO speaks the language of the talking drum with a New York accent.

5/4/2018 Anderson Center for the Performing Arts at Binghamton University, Binghamton, NY
5/10/2018 Virginia Arts Festival, Norfolk, VA
5/12/2018 Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD
6/14/2018 Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC

Etienne Charles playing the trumpet on a red background.

Photo: Laura Ferreira.

Etienne Charles, Okemos, MI

During Carnival, the island of Trinidad becomes engulfed in a cacophony of sounds – from singing minstrels, to the clash of stick fights, and lively calypso music with its hallmark steel pan cadences. As a Trinidadian, raised in a musical family, trumpeter Etienne Charles feels a deep connection to the Carnival traditions. At a young age he joined his father’s steel band, performing at Carnival fetes, and immersing himself in the folklore. Through Etienne’s Guggenheim Fellowship Award, he returns to his roots to celebrate the traditions that best exemplify Trinidadian culture. Inspired by the noises heard throughout the festivities, Etienne’s Carnival: The Sound of a People brings the celebrations to the stage.

10/27/2017 The Arden Club, Arden, DE
10/28/2017 Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD
4/7/2018 Jefferson Center, Roanoke, VA
4/13/2018 Frostburg State University Cultural Events Series, Frostburg, MD
4/14/2018 Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY


Sammy Miller and the Congregation promo picture.

Photo: Lauren Desberg.

Sammy Miller and the Congregation, New York, NY

A native of Los Angeles, Grammy nominated drummer Sammy Miller has become known for his unique maturity and relentless focus on making music that “feels good” as a drummer, singer and bandleader. Upon completing his Master’s at The Juilliard School, Sammy formed his ensemble, The Congregation. As a band they are focused on sharing the power of community through their music—joyful jazz. While independently the band members have performed/recorded with notable artist including Wynton Marsalis, O.A.R, Iron and Wine, Joshua Redman, Lee Fields, Jason Moran at venues including the White House, Lincoln Center, and the Hollywood Bowl they have opted to stick together to create globally conscious music with the intention to spread joy throughout the world.

11/18/2017 Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD
1/26/2018 Emelin Theatre of the Performing Arts, Mamaroneck, NY
3/15/2018 Jefferson Center, Roanoke, VA
3/16/2018 Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg, WV
3/17/2018 Weinberg Center for the Arts, Frederick, MD


Somi in blue and white dress on a blue background.

Photo: Courtesy of artist.

SOMI, New York, NY

Born in Illinois, the daughter of immigrants from Uganda and Rwanda, Somi is a TED Global Fellow and also the founder of the New Africa Live nonprofit that champions African artists. Somi’s new album Petite Afrique is a song cycle inspired by the vibrant African immigrant community that has become a vital part of Harlem’s cultural dimension and to New York City as a whole. With Petite Afrique, Somi ensures that the stories and struggles of New York City’s largest African community do not disappear without having ever been told. The songs on the album are based on Somi’s conversations with diverse members of the Harlem community reflecting on themes of transnationalism, cultural difference, assimilation and gentrification. Blending modern jazz, African music and the singer-songwriter tradition, Petite Afrique is an amalgamation of the musical and cultural worlds that resonate with Somi as an African AND American woman and a proud Harlemite.

10/25/2017 Weis Center for Performing Arts at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
10/26/2017 Weinberg Center for the Arts, Frederick, MD
4/27/2018 THEARC, Washington, DC


Anderson Center for the Arts
Binghamton University
Gary Pedro, Executive Director
P.O. Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902
Phone: 607.777.2310
E-mail: gpedro@binghamton.edu

Arden Gild Hall
Ron Ozer, President
2126 The Highway
Arden, DE 19810
Phone: 302.898.9308
E-mail: concerts@ardenclub.org

Atlas Performing Arts Center
Heidi Hawkins, Director of Programming
1333 H Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202.399.7993 ext. 116
E-mail: hhawkins@atlasarts.org

Black Rock Center for the Arts
Alyona Ushe, Executive Director
12901 Town Commons Drive
Germantown, MD 20874
Phone: 240.912.1054
E-mail: aushe@blackrockcenter.org

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
Jon Yanofsky, Director
2900 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11210
Phone: 718.951.4600 ext. 3315
E-mail: jyanofsky@brooklyncenter.org

Bucknell University
Kathryn Maguet, Executive Director
Weis Center for the Performing Arts
One Dent Drive
Lewisburg, PA 17837
Phone: 570.577.1670
E-mail: klm041@bucknell.edu

Carnegie Hall
Lynn Creamer, Artistic Director
105 Church Street
Lewisburg, WV 24901
Phone: 304.645.7917 ext. 114
E-mail: creamer@carnegiehallwv.org

Christina Cultural Arts Center
H. Raye Jones Avery, Executive Director
705 N. Market Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
Phone: 302.851.1633
E-mail: CCACJones@aol.com

Cornell Concert Series
Cornell University
Dr. Deborah Justice, Manager
101 Lincoln Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Phone: 607.255.4363
E-mail: drj46@cornell.edu

Creative Alliance
Josh Kohn, Performance Director
3134 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224
Phone: 410.276.1651
E-mail: josh@creativealliance.org

Emelin Theatre of the Performing Arts
Elliot Fox, Interim Executive Director
P.O Box 736
Mamaroneck, NY 10543
Phone: 914.698.3045
E-mail: elliot.fox@emelin.org

Flushing Council for Arts and Culture
Ellen Kodadek, Executive and Artistic Director
137-35 Northern Boulevard
Flushing, NY 11354
Phone: 718.463.7700 ext. 225
E-mail: ekodadek@flushingtownhall.org

Frostburg State University Cultural Events Series
Bill Mandicott, Chair of CES Advisory Board
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532
Phone: 301.687.4151
E-mail: wmandicott@frostburg.edu

Hamilton College of Performing Arts
Michelle Reiser-Memmer, Performing Arts Administrator
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
Phone: 315.859.4305
E-mail: mreiserm@hamilton.edu

Jefferson Center
Jessica Taylor, Programming Coordinator
541 Luck Avenue, SW, Suite 221
Roanoke, VA 24016
Phone: 540.343.2624 ext. 215
E-mail: jtaylor@jeffcenter.org

Kente Arts Alliance
Mensah Wali, Artistic Director
1212 Manhattan Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
Phone: 412.322.0292
E-mail: mensah@kentearts.org

Lake Placid Center for the Arts

James Lemons, Executive Director
17 Algonquin Drive
Lake Placid, NY 12946
Phone: 518.523.2512
E-mail: james@lakeplacidarts.org

Light Up the Queen Foundation
Tina Betz, Executive Director
500 N. Market Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
Phone: 302.504.9574
E-mail: tinabluq@gmail.com

Lively Arts
Montgomery County Community College
Brent Woods, Senior Director of Cultural Affairs
340 DeKalb Pike
Blue Bell, PA 19422
Phone: 215.641.6439
E-mail: BWoods@mc3.edu

MCG Jazz
Marty Ashby, VP & Executive Producer
1815 Metropolitan Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
Phone: 412.322.1773  ext. 121
E-mail: MAshby@manchesterbidwell.org

Modlin Center for the Arts
University of Richmond
Deborah Sommers, Executive Director
T-107A 28 Westhampton Way
Richmond, VA 23173
Phone: 804.287.6012

THEARC Theater
Double Time Jazz Series
Kimberly Douglas, Director, Theater Operations & Programming
1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE
Washington, DC   20020
Phone: 202.889.5901
E-mail: kdouglas@thearcdc.org

Virginia Arts Festival
Kimberly Schuette, Artistic Administrator
440 Bank Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
Phone: 757.282.2811
E-mail: kschuette@vafest.org

Weinberg Center for the Arts
John Healey, Executive Theater Manager
20 West Patrick Street
Frederick, MD   21701
Phone: 301.600.2839
E-mail: jhealey@cityoffrederick.com

Manage Your Grant

Changes in Project Proposal

Any changes in the content, schedule, or budget of your project as proposed must be submitted in writing for approval prior to being implemented. Requested changes must be submitted to Phillip Harmon, Grants and Operations Officer, at phillip@midatlanticarts.org.

Funding Acknowledgement and Crediting

Acknowledgement and Crediting requirements were included as Exhibit A of the Grant Award Agreement.

Grantees must clearly acknowledge support from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation through use of both the credit language and logo as outlined below.  Use of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation logo does not replace the credit language. Copies of the required crediting materials must be submitted as part of the final report.

Credit and Logo Usage Details

The following statement and the Jazz Touring Network logo, and where space permits, the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation logo MUST appear in all programs, websites and press releases produced by the funded organization or its agents in relation to the funded project. In addition, the following statement and the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation logo should be included whenever possible, either jointly or separately as necessary, in all flyers and postcards, email communications, season brochures, social media posts and calendars, and any other print or electronic promotional and publicity materials produced by the funded organization or its agents in relation to the funded project.

  • This statement must be used in its entirety and cannot be altered in any way.

This engagement of [ARTIST] is made possible through the Jazz Touring Network program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Grantees are required to include a link to the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation website at www.midatlanticarts.org when crediting Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation on their website. This link MUST remain active during the entire length of your grant period with MAAF. You are requested, but not required, to embed the link in MAAF’s logo.

Final Reports

Final report requirements and instructions were included as Exhibit B of the Grant Award Agreement.

Grantees are required to submit a final report which is due thirty (30) days after the end of the grant period on record as listed in the Grant Award Agreement.

Final reports are to be completed online using the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation’s eGRANT system at http://midatlanticarts.egrant.net.  Please read the instructions in the eGRANT system carefully.

The account used to submit the Common Information Form for the grant must be used to complete the final report. If you do not remember your login and/or password, please use the link on the eGRANT login page to retrieve the information.

For questions about your grant and the crediting or final reporting requirements, contact Phillip Harmon, Grants and Operations Officer, at phillip@midatlanticarts.org or 410.539.6656 x109.