Three performers are on stage wearing red.

Mwenso & The Shakes performing at Arden Club through the 2018-2019 Jazz Touring Network Tours. Photo Credit: Theresa Emmett and Braheem Wilson

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 jess@midatlanticarts.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 carefully prior to submission.

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)

Online Application

To access the online eGRANT application, click the link below and select the Jazz Touring Network Membership Application once logged in.

https://midatlanticarts.egrant.net (link opens in a new window)


The deadline for the Jazz Touring Network Membership application is August 30, 2019, 5:00 PM EST.

Current Tours

2018-2019 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.

The five member of Banda Magda stand in front of a bright yellow background.

Credit: Shervin Lainez

Banda Magda, New York, New York

Drawing on the band’s global background (Greece, Argentina, Japan, Colombia, USA), the group combines South American rhythms with jazz improvisation, cinematic arranging, sophisticated audience participation, mid-century classics and world “chansons” sung in 6 languages.

Founded in 2010 in New York, Banda Magda has toured in more than 22 countries and 5 continents. This group of close musical friends turn Giannikou’s songs into engaging romps that have won them a spot with Carnegie Hall Musical Explorers Series, Snarky Puppy’s Family Dinner Vol.1 as well as performances at discerning venues and festivals such as WOMAD, Atlanta Jazz Festival, Vancouver Jazz Festival, L’Olympia, Jazz à Vienne, Canarias Jazz, Apollo Hammersmith, The Kennedy Center, Kathmandu Jazz Festival and many more. Banda Magda is currently touring its 3rd opus, the vibrant, Technicolor “Tigre” worldwide.

8/23/2018 Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
8/24/2018 Light Up the Queen Foundation, Wilmington, DE
9/21/2018 Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
3/8/2019 Modlin Center for the Arts at Richmond University, Richmond, VA
4/5/2019 Frostburg State University Cultural Events Series, Frostburg, MD
4/12/2019 Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg, WV
4/13/2019 Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD
5/17/2019 Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Lake Placid, NY
The Baylors stand against a dark background in right profile. She is left and plays the drumsticks on his back - right.

Credit: Deneka Peniston of Peniston Photography

The Baylor Project, NJ
The  Baylor  Project  featuring  Jean  Baylor  and  Marcus  Baylor  highly  anticipated  collaboration  is  steeped  in  the  heart  and  soul  of  Jazz.    As  the  children  of  Pastors,  Marcus  and  Jean’s  musical  roots  were  planted  deep  within  the  church,  and  it  was  there  that  the  road  was  paved  for  the  influence  of  gospel,  blues,  soul,  and  jazz  to  make  it’s  mark.  Their  debut  CD  The  Journey,  released  on  their  own  label,  Be  A  Light,  topped  the  Billboard  Jazz  Chart  at  Number  8  and  a  year  later  garnered  2  GRAMMY®  Nominations  for  Best Jazz  Vocal  Album  and  Best  Traditional  R&B  Performance,  solidifying  The  Baylor  Project  as  an  undeniable  force.    As  you  listen  to  The  Baylor  Project,  you  will  be  taken  on  an  eclectic  musical  journey  that  showcases  as  much  versatility  as  it  does  virtuosity.

10/7/2018 Christina Cultural Arts Center, Wilmington, DE
10/27/2018 Kente Arts Alliance, Pittsburgh, PA
3/13/2019 THEARC, Washington, DC
Charenee Wade sits on steps that lead to a stone path through the woods.

Credit: Laura Dillberto.

Charenée Wade, New York, NY

“Ms. Wade is a jazz singer of commanding skill, an heir to the legacies of Betty Carter and Carmen McRae,” says the New York Times. The award-winning and critically acclaimed native New Yorker began singing at an early age and immersed herself in the lush sounds of iconic vocalists, from Sarah Vaughan and Nancy Wilson to the likes of Dianne Reeves, Phyllis Hyman and Dee Dee Bridgewater. She was quickly recognized by her mentors and peers for her depth of expression and her deeply swinging groove. Charenee Wade has excited audiences all over the world with the ingenuity of her phrasing and vibrancy that her big personality projects on stage. Wade is poised, majestic with razor-sharp agility reminiscent of the jazz greats. Charenee’s current album, Offering: The Music of Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson, is a powerful re-interpretation of the poet’s musical library. Jazz Wise Magazine has called the album “an emotional engagement with the material that renders every word believable.”  Wade gives ample evidence on this remarkable recording to why she is one of the most exciting, distinctive and bold musical talents on the rise today.

9/22/2018 Jefferson Center, Roanoke, VA
11/30/2018 Modlin Center for the Arts at Richmond University, Richmond, VA
1/23/2019 Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
3/1/2019 Atlas Performing Arts Center, Washington, DC
3/2/2019 Kente Arts Alliance, Pittsburgh, PA
Christian Sands is seated at a Steinway grand.

Credit: Anna Webber.

Christian Sands, CT

Steinway Artist and five-time GRAMMY® Nominee, Christian Sands is an emerging jazz force. His abundant piano technique perfectly matches his conception, accomplishing a much deeper musical goal: a fresh look at the entire language of jazz. Christian says, “My music is about teaching the way of jazz and keeping it alive.” Whether it’s stride, swing, bebop, progressive, fusion, Brazilian or Afro-Cuban, Sands develops the past while providing unusual and stimulating vehicles for the present… and for the future. He expresses himself through an extensive vocabulary of patterns, textures and structures, all the while maintaining a strong sense of understatement, sensitivity, taste and swing — hallmarks for as long as he has been playing.

11/2/2018 Christina Cultural Arts Center, Wilmington, DE
11/3/2018 Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA
2/2/2019 Hamilton College of Performing Arts, Clinton, NY
2/8/2019 Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD
2/9/2019 Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg, WV
4/25/2019 Frostburg State University Cultural Events Series, Frostburg, MD
The Fred Hirsch Trio stands in front of a concrete wall.

Credit: John Abbo.

Fred Hersch Trio, New York, NY

Fred Hersch, John Hérbert and Eric McPhearson have been recording and performing together as the Fred Hersch Trio since 1985.  According  to  The  New  Yorker,  the  trio  plays  with  “high  lyricism  and  high  danger” and  the  Wall  Street  Journal  calls  it  “one  of  the  major  ensembles  of  our  time.”  Fred,  John  and  Eric  started  playing  together  in  2009  and  have  released  five CDs including Sunday  Night  at  the  Vanguard (2016)  which  was  nominated  for  two  2016  GRAMMY® Awards and their most recent  release, Live in Europe (2018). The Trio has  toured  extensively  in  both  Europe,  Asia  and  the  US,  appearing  at  major  venues  and  festivals  to  wide  acclaim.

As  a  solo  pianist,  composer,  bandleader,  and  theatrical  conceptualist,  6-time  GRAMMY® nominee  Fred  Hersch  lives  up  to  the  praise  of  The  New  York  Times,  who,  in  a  featured  Sunday  Magazine  piece,  aptly  declared  him,  ”singular  among  the  trailblazers  of  their  art,  a  largely  unsung  innovator  of  this  borderless,  individualistic  jazz  –  a  jazz  for  the  21st  century.” Recently,  Hersch  was  proclaimed  by  Vanity  Fair  magazine,  “the  most  arrestingly  innovative  pianist  in  jazz  over  the  last  decade  or  so.”

4/4/2019 Anderson Center for the Arts at Binghampton University, Binghampton, NY
4/5/2019 Manchester Craftsman Guild Jazz, Pittsburgh, PA
Mwenso jumps in right profile in front of a red brick wall.

Credit: E. Leitzell.

Michael Mwenso & The Shakes, New York, NY

Mwenso  and  the  Shakes  are  a  unique  troupe  of  global  artists  who  present  music  that  merges  the  highest  form  of  entertainment  and  artistry  while  commanding  a  formidable  timeline  of  jazz  and  blues  expression  through  African  and  Afro  American  music.  Immigrating  from  Sierra  Leone,  London,  South  Africa,  Greenwich  Village,  Madagascar,  France,  Jamaica,  and  Hawaii,  the  Shakes  all  now  call  Harlem  their  home.   Taking  from  the  stylings  of Fats  Waller,  Muddy  Waters,  James  Brown  and  many  other  American  musical  legends  –  Michael  Mwenso  leads  an  electrifying  show  The  New  York  Times  calls  “intense,  prowling,  and  ebullient.”

3/2/2019 Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY
3/8/2019 Lake Placid Center for the Arts, Lake Placid, NY
3/15/2019 Creative Alliance, Baltimore, MD
3/16/2019 Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD
4/5/2019 THEARC, Washington, DC
4/6/2019 Arden Gild Club, Arden, DE
4/9/2019 Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA
John Scofield plays an electric guitar in a rustic cabin room.

Credit: Nicholas Suttle.

John Scofield’s Combo 66 (100%) featuring (75%) Gerald Clayton, Vicente Archer, and Bill Stewart, New York, NY

Iconic GRAMMY® Award winning guitarist John Scofield teams up with pianist Gerald Clayton, bassist Vicente Archer, and drummer Bill Stewart in Combo 66, a new band that builds upon Scofield’s long legacy of masterful improvisation and stylistic diversity. Since the late 1970’s, Scofield has been a major influence on jazz, continuously finding new and exciting avenues to reinvent himself as an artist. In recent years, Scofield won two consecutive Best Jazz Album GRAMMY® Awards for Past Present and Country For Old Men – for which he also won the GRAMMY® Award for Best Instrumental solo – and has received resounding critical acclaim for his 2017 release Hudson with all-star bandmates Jack DeJohnette, Larry Grenadier, and John Medeski. Now, joined by three formidable artists in their own right, Scofield’s new band showcases an intricate interpretation of jazz’s limitless direction.

3/7/2019 Arden Gild Club, Arden, DE
3/8/2019 Cornell Concert Series at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
4/12/2019 Jefferson Center, Roanoke, VA
4/13/2019 Modlin Center for the Arts at Richmond University, Richmond, VA
Theo Croker holds a trumpet while standing in front of a dark blue background.

Credit: Geordie Woodie

Theo Croker, New York, NY

Grandson of the late trumpeter Doc Cheatham and former student of the legendary Donald Byrd, trumpeter Theo Croker draws upon traditional fundamentals, then carries them forward. Well-versed in the swing, bop, and modal styles of acoustic jazz, Croker’s own music reveals a love of organic funk, soul, and gooey, groove-oriented hip-hop. Helping to raise Croker’s musical vibrations is his ensemble, DVRK Funk, a group he’s played with for several years, featuring saxophonist Anthony Ware, keyboardist Michael King, guitarist Ben Eunson, bassist Eric Wheeler, and drummer Kassa Overall. Also adding color to the proceedings are guitarist Femi Temowo and saxophonist Irwin Hall.

The Wall Street Journal heralded  Croker’s 2016 album, Escape Velocity as “ timeless and of-the-moment”. Ultimately, with Escape Velocity, Croker proves he’s got deep ideas about life, spirituality, and how music connects us all. The release of Croker’s newest project, Star People Nation is anticipated in fall 2018.

5/9/2019 Virginia Arts Festival, Norfolk, VA
5/10/2019 Black Rock Center for the Arts, Germantown, MD
5/11/2019 THEARC, Washington, DC


Binghamton University – Anderson Center for the Performing Arts
Annette Burnett, Operations Director
P.O. Box 6000
Binghamton, NY 13902
Phone: 607.777.2311
E-mail:  aburnet@binghamton.edu

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

Ars Nova Workshop
Mark Christman, Executive and Artistic Director
Bok Room 509
1901 S. 9th Street
Philadelphia, PA 20002
Phone: 215.805.3376
E-mail: mark@arsnovaworkshop.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

Bucknell University – Weis Center for the Performing Arts
Kathryn Maguet, Executive Director
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 University – Cornell Concert Series
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

Flushing Town Hall
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
Melanie Moore, Associate Director – CES
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532
Phone: 301.687.4151
E-mail: mamoore@frostburg.edu

Hamilton College – 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
Cyrus Pace, Executive Director
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
Sarah Koon, Executive Director
500 N. Market Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
Phone: 302.504.9574
E-mail: sarah.koon@lightupthequeen.org

Montgomery County Community College – Lively Arts
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

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

On Stage At Kingsborough
Anna Becker, Executive Director
2001 Oriental Boulevard
Brooklyn, NY 11235
Phone: 718.368.5148
E-mail: ABecker@kbcc.cuny.edu

Salisbury University – Cultural Affairs
June Krell-Salgado, Director of Cultural Affairs
1101 Camden Avenue
Salisbury, MD 21801
Phone: 410.543.6271
E-mail: JEKRELL-SALGADO@salisbury.edu

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

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, Director of Operations, 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.

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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 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 phillip@midatlanticarts.org or 410.539.6656 x109.