Jazz Road Resources

South Arts recognizes that developing a successful tour or residency requires significant research. To assist applicants, we have assembled a list of the following resources. This list is not comprehensive, and is intended to serve as a starting-point for applicants as they build out a proposal. Additional assistance may be available by contacting your Regional Arts Organization representative.

Please note: Several listings represent organizations that require membership or subscriptions for further access.

National Performing Arts Associations

  • AFTA (Americans for the Arts) is a nonprofit organization that seeks to represent and serve local communities and create opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts.
  • APAP is the Association of Performing Arts Professionals, a membership organization that provides national arts services, directories, and advocacy for the live performing arts field.
  • NAPAMA is the association of North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents, a not-for-profit service organization dedicated to promoting the professionalism of its members and the vitality of touring the live performing arts.
  • Jazz Foundation of America is a nonprofit organization whose programs provide emergency assistance to jazz and blues artists by offering performance opportunities in schools and the community.

Regional Arts Organization and State Arts Agency Resources

Musician Unions

Jazz Education

  • Jazz Education Network (JEN) is a global organization dedicated to building the jazz arts community by advancing education, promoting performance, and developing new audiences.

Jazz Media Resources

Please note: Many publications feature periodic national listings of US-based jazz festivals, college and high school jazz departments, competitions, and venues/jazz clubs.

Nonprofit Jazz Organizations and Presenter Networks

Jazz Societies

Alternative Venue Sources

Grant Writing Resources

Additionally, through our ongoing Call for Presenters, the Jazz Road team has developed an internal directory of venues that have expressed interest in exploring opportunities with applicants. Contact the appropriate member of the Jazz Road team for more details.