Jazz Artists Plan Through the Pandemic with Grants from Jazz Road Tours

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Atlanta – South Arts announces the first series of artists to receive Jazz Road Tours grants since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Jazz Road Tours grant program offers up to $15,000 directly to artists so they can develop tours into communities across the country.

Meet the newest Jazz Road Tours grant recipients

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The newest Jazz Road Tours grant recipients are:

  • Svetlana / New York Collective from Pound Ridge, NY, received $14,946 to tour the Southeastern US from February 9-19, 2021.
  • Philippe Lemm Trio from New York, NY, received $6,250 to tour from upstate New York through Florida from February 11-21, 2021.
  • Allan Harris: Kate’s Soulfood from New York, NY, received $15,000 to tour through North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida from February 13-20, 2021.
  • Oscar Peñas from New York, NY, received $15,000 to tour through California, Arizona, and New Mexico from March 3-6, 2021.
  • Lucy Yeghiazaryan from Bronx, NY, received $8,400 to tour from Pennsylvania through Massachusetts from March 5-13, 2021.
  • Brenda Nicole Moorer from Atlanta, GA, received $14,480 to tour from Louisiana through New York from March 20-28, 2021.
  • The Jon Irabagon Quartet from Brooklyn, NY, received $14,200 to tour through Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, and Massachusetts from April 7-18, 2021.

“The past eight months have been exceptionally challenging for jazz artists,” said Sara Donnelly, program director for Jazz Road at South Arts. “We are optimistic that some artists are proactively laying the groundwork to share their work with audiences in-person soon.”

While the dates and details of the funded tours are subject to change, they represent a solid commitment and dedicated plan between the artists and venues to bring jazz to their communities. “We are hopeful that the proposed dates will occur,” continued Donnelly, “but it is vital that the health, safety, and well-being of everyone involved is front-and-center. The artists and venues have communicated terms if dates need to be postponed.”

Jazz Road Tours, launched in 2018, is accepting applications on a rolling basis from artists across the country interested in taking their work on the road. “Artists, as soon as you are able to safely begin planning tours, we are here to support your work and help make your gigs financially feasible,” continued Donnelly. “There is no need to rush applications for this program, and submissions will be open until at least 2022.”Jazz Road, a national program funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, 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 Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts, and Western Arts Alliance/WESTAF).

Through Jazz Road and the flagship Jazz Road Tours grant program, artists can apply for support to build small tours and further explore their work while receiving equitable fees. Artists may apply on a rolling basis for up to $15,000 to tour their work through Jazz Road Tours. Additionally, a Creative Residency program will launch later this year. Further details about South Arts and Jazz Road are available by visiting www.southarts.org.



South Arts advances Southern vitality through the arts. The nonprofit regional arts organization was founded in 1975 to build on the South’s unique heritage and enhance the public value of the arts. South Arts’ work responds to the arts environment and cultural trends with a regional perspective. South Arts offers an annual portfolio of activities designed to support the success of artists and arts providers in the South, address the needs of Southern communities through impactful arts-based programs, and celebrate the excellence, innovation, value and power of the arts of the South. For more information, visit www.southarts.org.


All dates and details subject to change


Allan Harris: Kate’s Soulfood

New York, NY

Grant amount: $15,000

  • Sunrise Theater. February 13, 2021. Southern Pines, NC
  • Judy Costello Gallery Party - House Concert. February 14, 2021. Hilton Head Island, SC
  • Janis Reed House Party. February 16, 2021. Sarasota, FL
  • WUCF 89.9 Jazz & More. February 18, 2021. Orlando, FL
  • South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. February 20, 2021. Miami, FL


Jon Irabagon / The Jon Irabagon Quartet

Brooklyn, NY

Grant amount: $14,200

  • Pioneer Valley Jazz Shares. April 7, 2021. Northampton, MA
  • An Die Musik. April 12, 2021. Baltimore, MD
  • City of Asylum @ Alphabet City. April 14, 2021. Pittsburgh, PA
  • Oneonta Concert Association. April 16, 2021. Oneonta, NY
  • Roxbury Arts Center. April 17, 2021. Roxbury, NY
  • Bop Shop Records. April 18, 2021. Rochester, NY


Philippe Lemm Trio

New York, NY

Grant amount: $6,250

  • Bopshop. February 11, 2021. Rochester, NY
  • Pausa Art House. February 12, 2021. Buffalo, NY
  • Workshop at University of Florida. February 18, 2021. Gainesville, FL
  • Heartwood Soundstage. February 18, 2021. Gainesville, FL
  • Timucua Art Foundation. February 19, 2021. Orlando, FL
  • Arts Garage. February 21, 2021. Delray Beach, FL


Brenda Nicole Moorer

Atlanta, GA

Grant amount: $14,480

  • New Orleans Jazz Museum. March 20, 2021. New Orleans, LA
  • Isis Music Hall. March 24, 2021. Asheville, NC
  • Archive Live at Ovation Sound. March 25, 2021. Winston-Salem, NC
  • The Dark Room. March 26, 2021. Richmond, VA
  • House Concert. March 28, 2021. Brooklyn, NY


Oscar Peñas

New York, NY

Grant amount: $15,000

  • Athenaeum Music & Arts Library. March 3, 2021. La Jolla, CA
  • Outpost. March 4, 2021. Albuquerque, NM
  • Kerr Cultural Center. March 5, 2021. Scottsdale, AZ
  • SFJazz, Joe Henderson. March 6, 2021. San Francisco, CA


Svetlana / New York Collective

Pound Ridge, NY

Grant amount: $14,946

  • Pawleys Island Festival of Music and Art. February 9, 2021. Pawleys Island, SC
  • Hampton County Arts Council - historic Palmetto Theater. February 12, 2021. Hampton, SC
  • Piedmont Jazz Alliance. February 14, 2021. Winston Salem, NC
  • Contemporary Performing Arts of Chattanooga - Barking Legs Theatre. February 17, 2021. Chattanooga, TN
  • Arts in McNairy - Latta Theatre. February 18, 2021. Selmer, TN
  • New Orleans Jazz Museum. February 19, 2021. New Orleans, LA


Lucy Yeghiazaryan

Bronx, NY

Grant amount: $8,400

  • Deer Head Inn. March 5, 2021. Delaware Water Gap, PA
  • Pound Ridge Community Church Jazz Vespers. March 7, 2021. Pound Ridge, NY
  • Northampton Jazz Workshop. March 9, 2021. Northampton, MA
  • Chris' Jazz Cafe March 13, 2021. Philadelphia, PA