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 below.
Questions regarding the Jazz Touring Network should be directed to Jess Porter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Jazz Touring Network is made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Regional Touring Program.
To learn more about the program and eligibility requirements, please review the program guidelines below. The posted guidelines are for information purposes only.
Download the 2020 – 2021 Jazz Touring Network Membership Guidelines as a PDF (link opens in a new window)
Download the 2020 – 2021 Jazz Touring Network Membership Guidelines as an accessible Word document (click link to download)
The deadline for the Jazz Touring Network Membership application was August 30, 2019, 5:00 PM EST.
2019-2020 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.
Akua Allrich Washington, D.C.
Jazz vocalist and DC-native Akua Allrich has proven herself to be a musician of extraordinary talent and crowd-moving passion. With finesse and charisma, and n outstanding band (The Tribe), this vocalist, composer and teacher, has successfully etched out a place for her unique musical expression, electrifying audiences with sold-out performances. She offers an artistry that she aptly (and perhaps playfully) summarized as “Jazz+ Neo Afro-Soul- Blues-reggae- funk-rock- folk music.” Allrich can carry a tune across these many genres with stunning authority. The innovative sound of her albums, A Peace of Mine, Uniquely Standard, Akua Allrich Live!, and her latest album, Soul Singer, has earned the young artist’s music and performances international acclaim. Akua Allrich has inspired music lovers from all walks with her exceptional work and brilliant artistry.
|3/26/2020||Light Up the Queen, Wilmington, DE|
|3/27/2020||Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD|
|3/28/2020||Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY|
Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom, New York, NY
One of the most exciting jazz drummers on the scene, performer, composer, and educator Allison Miller gathers inspiration from a wide array of genres. Described by critics as a charismatic and rhythmically propulsive drummer with melodic sensibility, Miller engages her deep roots in improvisation as a way to explore all music. The critically-acclaimed percussionist and Yamaha clinician will be joined by her stellar band, Boom Tic Boom, and acclaimed tap dancer, Claudia Rahardjanoto, for the premier of her new JTN co-commissioned work, In Our Veins: Rivers and Social Change.
In Our Veins: Rivers and Social Change
Rivers are the lifeline of America, and in the 19th and 20th century, many social movements took place around waterways. “In Our Veins: Rivers and Social Change” is a multimedia suite for chamber jazz ensemble and tap dancer centered around five American rivers (Susquehanna, Delaware, James, Hudson, Schuylkill) and the social and environmental changes they inspired.
|1/23/2020||Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Lake Placid, NY|
|1/24/2020||Bucknell University – Weis Center for the Performing Arts, Lewisburg, PA|
|1/25/2020||Ars Nova Workshop, Philadelphia, PA|
|1/27/2020||Light Up the Queen, Wilmington, DE|
|1/29/2020||University of Richmond – Modlin Center for the Arts, Richmond, VA|
Antonio Hart, New York, NY
Antonio Hart is a Grammy-nominated alto saxophonist who has recorded 10 albums as a leader since 1991, and has played and recorded with some of the biggest names in Jazz, including Dizzy Gillespie, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Roy Hargrove, Rabih Abou-Khalil, Terence Blanchard. Hart studied with Bill Pierce, Andy McGhee and Joe Viola at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he met Roy Hargrove. He followed that with studies at Queens College where he worked with Jimmy Heath and Donald Byrd. Hart is currently a tenured professor at the Aaron Copland School of music at Queens College, and tours with the Dave Holland Big Band and the Dizzy Gillespie Big Band as well as his own ensembles.
|10/5/2019||Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY|
|12/7/2019||Kente Arts Alliance, Pittsburgh, PA|
|3/27/2020||BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD|
Ghost Note, Dallas, TX
Headed by Snarky Puppy’s multi-grammy–winning percussion duo of Robert “Sput” Searight and Nate Werth, Ghost-Note is an explosion of sound. With an expansive roster of next-level musicians—representing members of Prince, Snoop Dogg, Erykah Badu, Herbie Hancock, Kendrick Lamar, Marcus Miller, Toto, Justin Timberlake, and more—the band is pushing funk music into the future, building on the uplifting, pioneering foundations laid out by the likes of James Brown And Sly & The Family Stone and infusing their fresh take with tastes of Afrobeat, hip-hop, psychedelia, world folklore, and more.
With the release of 2018’s Swagism, Ghost-Note has made their mission clear. The album puts rhythm at the forefront, with irresistible, heavy-hitting beats underlying the group’s wild, rich music. Swagism showcases the band’s stunning ability to meld and amplify sounds, ultimately adding to ghost-note’s sharp, complex collaborations.
Fearless, both in Swagism’s sonic depth and conscious social commentary, the band easily translates this adventurousness in a live setting. Ghost-note’s live performances are bold and in your face, with the group offering up none of the tight-laced pretenses frequently associated with the band’s jazz roots. Focused on creating seductive danceable grooves and a contagious feel-good energy, each show is an opportunity to let loose and connect, for both fans and the musicians alike.
After forming in 2015, ghost-note has already begun to take the world by storm. The group’s two studio albums—2018’s Swagism and 2015’s Fortified—have earned critical acclaim and popular success around the globe, with both albums hitting the #1 spot on the iTunes jazz charts.
|3/20/2020||Christina Cultural Arts Center, Wilmington, DE|
|3/27/2020||Frostburg State University – Cultural Events Series, Frostburg, MD|
|3/28/2020||Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC|
|4/1/2020||Binghamton University – Anderson Center for the Performing Arts, Binghamton, NY|
Makaya McCraven, Chicago, IL
Makaya McCraven is a beat scientist. The bleeding edge drummer, producer, and sonic collagist is one of Chicago’s savviest cultural players and a multi-talented force whose inventive process & intuitive, cinematic style defy categorization.
French-born but raised in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts by expatriate musician parents, McCraven studied Jazz at the University of Massachusetts Amherst under the mentorship of jazz luminaries Archie Shepp, Marion Brown, and Yusef Lateef, and eventually went on to develop his chops in Chicago’s burgeoning scene.
His breakthrough album In the Moment quickly launched McCraven into the vanguard of not only Internationally-known jazz artists, but also a niche genre of next-wave composer-producers blurring the boundaries of jazz & electronic music.
His recent releases, the DJ-style mixtape Highly Rare as well as an internationally recorded Where We Come From have been well received globally, leading to increased bookings in some of the world’s best clubs, theaters, and festivals. McCraven’s most recently released Universal Beings, a 2xLP album features an A-list of “new” jazz players from New York, Chicago, London & Los Angeles.
|10/4/2019||Arden Gild Hall, Arden, DE|
|10/5/2019||Ars Nova Workshop, Philadelphia, PA|
|10/6/2019||Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD|
Stefon Harris + Blackout, NJ, NY
Stefon Harris’s passionate artistry and astonishing virtuosity have propelled him to the forefront of the jazz scene. Heralded as “one of the most important artists in jazz” (The Los Angeles Times), he has been named a recipient of the 2018 Doris Duke Artist Awards. One of the most prestigious programs in the arts, “the Doris Duke Artist Awards invest in exemplary individual artists in contemporary dance, jazz, theater and related interdisciplinary work who have demonstrated their artistic vitality and commitment to their field.” He is also a recipient of the prestigious Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center, has earned four Grammy nominations, and has been named Best Mallet player eight times by the Jazz Journalists Association. This tour supports Stefon Harris + Blackout’s new album, Sonic Creed, an album that chronicles the story of a people and their time on the planet. It is a reflection of African-American life in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Furthermore, it is a sonic manifestation and creed of family, community and legacy. The album explores afresh the music of masters such as Bobby Hutcherson, Abbey Lincoln, Wayne Shorter and Horace Silver.
|11/23/2019||Montgomery County Community College – Lively Arts, Blue Bell, PA|
|3/27/2020||Jefferson Center, Roanoke, VA|
|3/28/2020||University of Richmond – Modlin Center for the Arts, Richmond, VA|
|4/18/2020||Hamilton College – Performing Arts, Clinton, NY|
|4/24/2020||Cornell University- Cornell Concert Series, Ithaca, NY|
|5/30/2020||Manchester Craftsman Guild Jazz, Pittsburgh, PA|
The Marlow Rosado Latin Jazz Ensemble, Miami, FL
High-energy, eclectic and amped-up 2-time Grammy winner, artist, producer, songwriter; Marlow Rosado, has over two decades experience in the music industry. With two Grammys and eleven nominations under his belt, Marlow is undoubtedly a driving force in the Latin music industry and one of the leading components in the salsa and Latin jazz scene.
The multi-instrumentalist Marlow Rosado leads a 12 piece orchestra as well as several Latin combo projects and is owner of one of Miami’s leading recording studios where artist such as Elvis Crespo, Ricky Martin, El Gran Combo, Alejandra Guzman, Jon Secada and many others, have produced some of their top selling musical productions. Marlow Rosado has earned his place as one of today’s most recognized songwriters with over 70 songs recorded by some of the most notable names in Latin music, an achievement that earned him the “La Musa” award at the 2015 Latin Songwriters Hall Of Fame.
|11/1/2019||Cornell University – Cornell Concert Series, Ithaca, NY|
|2/27/2020||Salisbury University – Cultural Affairs, Salisbury, MD|
|2/28/2020||BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD|
|2/29/2020||Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC|
Veronica Swift Trio, New York, NY
At age 24, Veronica Swift is now being recognized around the country as one of the top young jazz singers on the scene.
In the fall of 2015, she won second place at the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Competition. In 2016 she was asked to perform a concert of her own at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center in New York City and she was a guest artist with Michael Feinstein at Jazz at Lincoln Center with the Tedd Firth Big Band and Marilyn Maye and Freda Payne. Veronica’s first appearance at Jazz at Lincoln Center was at age 11 when she performed at the “Women in Jazz” series at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.
In the summer of 2016 she headlined at the Telluride Jazz Festival Then in April, 2017 she started her residency at the infamous Birdland Jazz Club in New York City.
Veronica grew up on tour with her parents, renowned jazz pianist Hod O’Brien and celebrated jazz singer and educator/author Stephanie Nakasian. It was with them where she first appeared at The Jazz Standard, and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. Veronica recorded two CDs as a child – one at age 9 with Richie Cole and her father’s rhythm section and her mother, and one at age 13 with saxophonist Harry Allen.
Veronica releases her next album, “Confessions” on Mack Avenue Records in 2019, which will feature the great pianist Benny Green and his trio as well the Emmet Cohen Trio.
|10/11/2019||On Stage At Kingsborough, Brooklyn, NY|
|10/27/2019||Montgomery County Community College – Lively Arts, Blue Bell, PA|
|4/3/2020||Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg, WV|
|4/4/2020||Jefferson Center, Roanoke, VA|
|5/1/2020||Frostburg State University – Cultural Events Series, Frostburg, MD|
Voyu Sotashe, New York, NY
Young South African jazz vocalist, Vuyo (Vuyolwethu) Sotashe, is gradually making his mark in the New York jazz scene. Sotashe moved to the NYC in 2013 after being awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to pursue Master of Music at William Paterson University. Since then, he has gone to win first prize at the very first Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival Vocal Competition in 2014, and performed on the festival’s main stage in February of 2015. More recently, he won the Audience prize award and placed second over-all at the Shure Montreux Jazz Voice Competition in 2015, held at the annual Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. In the same he placed third in the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Vocal competition, where he was the very first male vocalist ever to place in the competition’s finals.
|4/9/2020||Bucknell University – Weis Center for the Performing Arts, Lewisburg, PA|
|4/10/2020||Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC|
|4/13/2020||Salisbury University – Cultural Affairs, Salisbury, MD|
|4/24/2020||BlackRock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD|
|4/28/2020||Virginia Arts Festival, Norfolk, VA|
Ars Nova Workshop
Mark Christman, Executive and Artistic Director
Bok Room 509
1901 S. 9th Street
Philadelphia, PA 20002
Artvolution Cultural Innovation Project, Inc.- Modern Renaissance Jazz
Vena Jefferson, Executive Director
1911 Ironwood Lane
Bensalem, PA 19020
BlackRock Center for the Arts
Brad Watkins, Artistic Director/Programming
12901 Town Commons Drive
Germantown, MD 20874
Binghamton University – Anderson Center for the Performing Arts
Annette Burnett, Operations Director
P.O. Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902
Downtown Brooklyn Partnership
Ariana Hellerman, Director of Programming
1 MetroTech Center North, Suite 1003
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Flushing Town Hall
Ellen Kodadek, Executive and Artistic Director
137-35 Northern Boulevard
Flushing, NY 11354
Phone: 718.463.7700 ext. 225
Frostburg State University – Cultural Events Series
Melanie Moore, Associate Director – CES
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532
Hamilton College – Performing Arts
Michelle Reiser-Memmer, Performing Arts Administrator
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College
Jon Yanofsky, Director, Kupferberg Center for the Arts
65-30 Kissena Blvd
Flushing, NY 11367
Montgomery County Community College – Lively Arts
Brent Woods, Senior Director of Cultural Affairs
340 DeKalb Pike
Blue Bell, PA 19422
Salisbury University – Cultural Affairs
June Krell-Salgado, Director of Cultural Affairs
1101 Camden Avenue
Salisbury, MD 21801
University of Richmond – Modlin Center for the Arts
Shannon Hooker, Assistant Director
T-107A 28 Westhampton Way
Richmond, VA 23173
Manage Your Grant
COVID-19 Coronavirus: As you know, this is a rapidly evolving situation, and we recognize the need to be flexible. We recognize that out of an abundance of caution, grantees may need to cancel grant-supported engagements or activities. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Director of Operations, Phillip Harmon, or the MAAF program officer handling your specific grant program or activity to discuss your concerns or options. You can find staff contact information here. Please be assured we will not penalize grantees for canceling grants due to COVID-19 coronavirus considerations and will be as flexible as we can within the limits of our own funder limitations.
Virtual Engagement Guidance
As arts presenting organizations evolve in response to a changing landscape, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation will continue to take a flexible approach to our program policies during this time. While we believe that live, in-person performances are hard to replace, we are also open to adaptive approaches that will ensure continued access to these arts experiences. Therefore, we are glad to announce the following policy for virtual engagements as an option for our grantees to fulfill their public performance and community engagement activity requirements.
Please read the full guidance document to understand the requirements of presenting your funded engagement as a virtual presentation. We have also included links to a few resources that may help you guide your decisions around virtual presentation.
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Virtual Engagement Guide as a PDF (link opens in a new window)
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation Virtual Engagement Guide as an accessible Word document (Click link to download)
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, Director of Operations, at email@example.com.
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 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 https://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, Director of Operations, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410.539.6656 x109.