The Jazz Touring Network (JTN) is a presenter-based membership program that supports professional development, building partnerships, and working together to curate tours that reflect the richness of the field of jazz.

Welcoming both those organizations with little to no experience presenting jazz and seasoned jazz presenters seeking to strengthen programming, application occurs annually through an open, competitive process. Once selected, membership is ongoing upon meeting annual requirements.

JTN expands the presentation of jazz throughout the mid-Atlantic region while ensuring regional programming reflects the vibrancy and diversity of the current field of jazz. Members take part in professional development activities and work together to block-book a series of jazz tours each year.

Grant support range: 

  • Professional Development: Travel grant covering many expenses related to attendance at the Annual JTN Meeting
  • Tours: Performance grants up to $3,000 not to exceed 50% of the fee for any given engagement

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

Eligibility and Schedule


To be eligible for JTN support, applicants must:

  • be located in Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Virginia, West Virginia, and the Native nations that share this geography;
  • be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or be a unit of state or local government or Federally recognized Indian tribal government;
  • be in good standing with Mid Atlantic Arts, with no overdue or outstanding required reports and/or grant documents;
  • have, at least, a three-year continuous history of offering multiple presentations by touring artists each season.

Review full program guidelines at the link below for more details on program structure and eligibility.


This is an annual opportunity. The deadline for the July 1, 2024-June 30, 2025 funding period was September 7, 2023. 

  • Application Opens: July 31, 2023 
  • Application Deadline: August 31, 2023 
  • Panel Review of Applications: September 2023 
  • Announcement of New JTN Members: September 2023 

Guidelines and Application

The guidelines below are for information purposes only. Guidelines for the next membership application period will be posted in summer of 2024.

JTN Members

Arden Gild Hall
Arden, DE

Ars Nova Workshop
Philadelphia, PA

Artvolution Cultural Innovation Project, Inc.- Modern Renaissance Jazz
Bensalem, PA

Atlas Performing Arts Center
Washington, DC

BlackRock Center for the Arts
Germantown, MD

Binghamton University – Anderson Center for the Performing Arts
Binghamton, NY

Washington, DC

Christina Cultural Arts Center
Wilmington, DE

Cornell University – Cornell Concert Series
Ithaca, NY

Creative Alliance
Baltimore, MD

Flushing Town Hall
Flushing, NY

Frostburg State University – Cultural Events Series
Frostburg, MD

Hamilton College – Performing Arts
Clinton, NY

Jefferson Center
Roanoke, VA

Kente Arts Alliance
Pittsburgh, PA

Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College
Flushing, NY

Lake Placid Center for the Arts
Lake Placid, NY

Montgomery County Community College – Lively Arts
Blue Bell, PA

MCG Jazz
Pittsburgh, PA

On Stage At Kingsborough
Brooklyn, NY

University of Richmond – Modlin Center for the Arts
Richmond, VA

Opportunity & Support Type
Grant, Membership Program, Technical Assistance
Target Candidate
Federally-recognized Indian tribal government, Units of government, Members of Art Agencies, Performing Arts Presenter
Performing Arts
Regional Requirement
Questions or need guidance?
Ernest Stuart
Program Director, Jazz
Sarah Theune
Program Associate. Performing Arts and Creativity in Community
Funding support provided by:
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