About Jazz Road

Jazz Road logoJazz Road is an artist-centric touring and residency grants program to spread jazz throughout the country, strengthen work opportunities and compensation for jazz artists, and bolster deeper engagement between jazz musicians, presenters and communities. U.S.-based jazz artists who define themselves as emerging to more established along a career spectrum are eligible for support. The program is intended to support jazz artists for which this grant would have new and significant career impact.

Jazz is a music tradition rooted in the African-American experience, and is by nature a communal music based upon the relationship between artists, elders, and their communities. We seek outcomes for Jazz Road that honor and perpetuate this distinction. Additionally, diversity, inclusion and equity will be primary lenses for all Jazz Road program deliberations and considerations.  Jazz Road recognizes the need to increase the support of women in jazz.

Jazz Road contains two grants programs, Jazz Road Tours and Jazz Road Creative Residencies, with regularly recurring deadlines.

Who Are We?

Jazz Road is led by South Arts in partnership with the five other U.S. Regional Arts Organizations (Arts Midwest, Mid-America Arts Alliance, Mid Atlantic Arts, New England Foundation for the Arts, and Western Arts Alliance/Western States Arts Federation. Regional Arts Organizations represent geographical groupings of states who partner with the National Endowment for the Arts, State Arts Agencies, and others to develop and deliver programs, services, and products that support and advance the arts. Jazz Road represents the first long-term formal collaboration including all six RAOs. This program is funded by the Doris Duke Foundation with additional support from the Mellon Foundation.


Please contact the following Regional Arts Organization representative with any questions related to your application for Jazz Road Creative Residencies or Jazz Road Tours:

Arts Midwest (serving artists from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin)
Carly Newhouse, 612-238-8002

Mid-America Arts Alliance (serving artists from Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas)
Christine Dotterweich Bial, 816-421-1388 x227

Mid Atlantic Arts (serving artists from Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, the US Virgin Islands, Virginia, and West Virginia)
Ernest Stuart, 410-539-6656 x116

New England Foundation for the Arts (serving artists from Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont)
Adrienne Petrillo, 617-423-1178

South Arts (serving artists from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and all other US Territories)
Drew Tucker, 404-874-7244 x813

Western Arts Alliance (serving artists from Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawai’i, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming)
Makaveli Gresham, 971-277-6976