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Grants for jazz artists, from anywhere in the United States

Take your music to places it has never been with a grant from Jazz Road, a national initiative from South Arts.

Mid-America Arts Alliance is partnering with the national network of Regional Arts Organizations for Jazz Road, 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. Jazz Road contains two grants programs, Jazz Road Tours and Jazz Road Creative Residencies, with regularly recurring deadlines.


Woman wearing jazzy red hat and dress with long necklaces sings into a microphone with a background of shiny, reflective decor.

Deborah Davis – Deborah Davis & A Few Good Men

Jazz Road Tours

Jazz Road Tours offer grants of up to $15,000 to develop tours into communities across the country. Subscribe to the South Arts newsletter for updates on when the next cycle will open.

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Jazz Road Creative Residency

Jazz Road Creative Residencies offer $5,000-$40,000 available to support a residency you propose & develop for artistic creation or connecting with audiences. Subscribe to the South Arts newsletter for updates on when the next cycle will open.

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Call for presenters and venues

Are you interested in being contacted by artists about potential Jazz Road engagements? If you represent an organization that presents jazz–or is interested in expanding their work to include jazz presenting–please complete the form below.

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Explore application information and deadlines at the South Arts website.
Application Information

Do you have questions? We are here to help.

Please contact Christine Bial, Director of Grant Programs at christine@maaa.org.

For more information about Jazz Road, visit the South Arts website.


Large group of jazz musicians on a stage with dark purple curtains in the background.

Lyndon Harewood – Gengis Don & The Empire

Header photography: Jennifer Wharton’s Bonegasm by Duy Tran. Photo courtesy of South Arts.