Upcoming Deadlines

Deadline: August 1st, 2019
Grant Notification: September 2019
Grant Period: October 2019 – September 2020

Jazz Road offers rolling deadlines for application submissions now through June 2022. Stay tuned for more 2019 deadlines!

Program Description

Designed for emerging and mid-career artists, Jazz Road Tours supports small, three- to six-site tours at an array of venue types, often in rural communities and other areas traditionally underserved by the genre.

This artist-centric grant program—designed to support approximately 50 tours each year—is made possible with support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Award Amount
Grant amounts generally range from $5,000 to $15,000.

Note: Grant funds are taxable. Grantees must comply with all applicable city, state, and federal laws when reporting grant income.


Jazz Road advisors and panelists will recognize the complete history and aesthetic range of excellence within jazz music, and will not attempt to define “jazz” in the guidelines. Only individual artists may apply to Jazz Road Tours. Applicants must be:

  • Emerging or mid-career jazz musicians
  • Based in the United States, with US citizenship or Permanent Resident status
  • Solo performer or part of an ensemble of 2 – 10 musicians
  • Seeking grant money for performance fees, as well as expenses related to travel, accommodations, meals/per diem, and administrative support for tour promotion and coordination
  • Organizing tours at eligible venues, including performing arts centers, universities, jazz festivals, and less traditional, alternative venues (for a complete list, download our Application Forms & Review Criteria below)
  • Planning a tour route spanning three to six different sites, at least one of which must be 250 miles from the applicant’s home base (tours can include more than six sites, available grant funds permitting)

Application Requirements

South Arts uses the GoSmart online application system to process Jazz Road Tours grant submissions. The application consists of the following:

  • Applicant & project participant information
  • Tour summary
  • Application narrative
  • Biography of touring ensemble & principal artist(s)
  • Link to artist’s website and other social media accounts
  • Work samples
  • Letter(s) of Intent between artist and presenter(s)/venue(s)
  • Tour budget summary

To access the full list of requirements, including information about work samples and panelist review criteria, view the complete Jazz Road Tours application guidelines.