Bobby Rush smiling.

Bobby Rush photo by Bill Steber.

Bellevue Jazz & Blues Festival Postponed

In response to on-going COVID-19 health concerns, the 2020 Bellevue Jazz & Blues Festival has been postponed until fall. This annual festival will now take place October 28–November 1. Their featured artist, Bobby Rush, will now be performing on Friday, October 30. Earshot subscribers (email and print) will still get a 50% discount to his show using promocode EARSHOT at checkout. Tickets are on sale now, and the 50% discount will be live until 8/31. Here is the site to purchase Bobby Rush tickets: brownpapertickets.com/event/4543867

Lake Chelan Wine & Jazz Festival Postponed

The 3rd annual Lake Chelan Wine& Jazz Festival has been moved to September 24–27. This event offers a musical tour through the Lake Chelan Wine Valley, featuring 30 jazz performances. For tickets and more information visit chelanwinejazz.com.

Couth Buzzard Festival Future Uncertain

The Couth Buzzard book store where the annual festival is typically held, is currently closed until at least May 4. Couth Buzzard Books asks their supporters to watch and donate to artists who normally perform on their premises. For more details go to buonobuzzard.com.

TD Vancouver Jazz Festival Canceled

Coastal Jazz will not produce a 2020 festival. If you have purchased a ticket to any shows, they will be in touch with options. Coastal Jazz hope to reinstate the festival in 2021. Visit coastaljazz.ca for more details.

Ballard Jazz Festival Postponed

The 2020 Ballard Jazz Festival has been moved to the fall. This annual festival is now set for November 11–14. The Schedule of Events is as follows: Wednesday, November 11: Celebration of the Drum; Thursday, November 12: Guitar Summit; Friday, November 13: The Ballard Jazz Walk; Saturday, November 14: Mainstage Concert. For information see ballardjazzfestical.com.

Wayward in Limbo Audio Stream

With the Chapel at Good Shepherd Center, Wallingford closed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wayward Music Series moves from the concert hall to the living room. In place of their usual ten monthly concerts, Nonsequitur is curating and commissioning ten Seattle artists each month to create a series of streaming audio sessions of exclusive material. Many of these will be essentially “live” performances recorded at home for this occasion. Others may create a mix of pre-recorded material that has not been previously released elsewhere. The tracks are available to stream free of charge, but Nonsequitur strongly encourages listeners to support the artists with music purchases or donations. To find out more visit waywardmusic.org.

Washington Nightlife Music Association Needs Your Help

With music venues across Washington state closed, venues are struggling to stay afloat. Washington Nightlife Music Association (WANMA) is asking people to sign a petition to inform Washington Senators and U.S Representatives that music venues need cash assistance, tax relief and insurance revisions, rent and mortgage forgiveness and reduction, and assistance for the workforce. WANMA venues includeThe Royal Room, The Triple Door, Real Art Tacoma, Showbox Market and SoDO, The Vera Project, Neumos, and many others. For information please visit wanma.info.

ArtsFund announces New President and CEO

Michael Greer has been selected as ArtsFund’s new president and CEO.Greer has been Executive Director of Oregon Ballet since 2017. Prior to that he served as the Executive Director of the Portland Ballet in Maine. He has also served as a Trustee on the Oregon Arts Commission, Cultural Advocacy Coalition, and the United Way of Greater Portland. Michael holds a BA in Economics from Hampshire Col­lege and a Master’s in Education Pol­icy, Organization & Leadership from University of Illinois. As a former pro­fessional dancer and experienced exec­utive, Michael’s leadership experience spans both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors. Greer will assume the role on June 8 of ArtsFund from Interim CEO Susan M. Coliton, a long-time arts executive and consultant who was asked by the board to serve in this role.

SFJazz Announces New CEO

SFJazz announces that Greg Stern will succeed Don Derheim, as the organization’s new CEO on June 15. Stern, a longtime SFJazz patron and also a member of their board of trustees from 2008–2017, has a back­ground in advertising and marketing having founded advertising services agency Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners in Sausalito. Working closely with longtime friend and SFJazz founder and executive artistic director Randall Kline, Stern plans to steward the orga­nization into its 38th year.

Artist Relief Emergency Fund

A coalition of national arts grant makers, consisting of Academy of American Poets, Artadia, Creative Capital, Foundation for Contempo­rary Arts, MAP Fund, National Youn­gArts Foundation, and United States Artists, announces the launch of Artist Relief, which will provide rapid, unre­stricted $5,000 relief grants to assist artists facing dire financial emergen­cies due to the impact of COVID-19. The fund will launch with $10 mil­lion, consisting of $5 million in seed funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation matched with $5 million in initial contributions from an ar­ray of foundations across the United States. For application details visit art­istrelief.org

Cares Act Includes Gig Workers

On March 27, Congress passed the “CARES” Act which expands unem­ployment benefits to gig workers. The law will need to be interpreted and implemented at the state level. So in the coming weeks, there will be many more details that need to be discussed and communicated to the public. The Washington State Employment Secu­rity Department (ESD) will be shar­ing details as quickly as possible about how to access these benefits. For both gig worker who meets the typically re­quired 680 hours of work, and those who worked less than 680 hours you should apply as soon as you can. Any­one who is receiving or will be receiv­ing weekly unemployment benefits, either through regular State unem­ployment or through the expanded CARES Act will receive an additional $600 per week. Make sure to sign up for the COVID-19 action alerts at esd.wa.gov.

Whipsmart Resources List

Washington State’s Whipsmart, a new creative economy-focused non­profit that gives creative professionals the tools they need to succeed, has as­sembled a resource list that provides a comprehensive list of resources for creatives that will be updated in real time by a dedicated staff member to ensure that the information is timely and relevant. Visit bewhipsmart.org for access to their resources list.

Seattle’s First COVID-19 Walk-Up Testing Site Opens

On April 22nd, Seattle’s first walk-up site to test for the coronavirus opened in Rainier Beach. The mobile center is aimed at people who don’t have a doc­tor or other access to testing. Located at the Atlantic City Boat Ramp across from Rainier Beach High School in South Seattle, the center will oper­ate two days a week on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10am-3pm. The street address is 8702 Seward Park Ave South, Seattle, WA, 98118. No appointment is necessary, and registra­tion will be on-site. The testing site is staffed with medical personnel from Harborview Medical Center. There will also be translated flyers and tele­phonic interpreters available in several languages. For more information call 206 520 2


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May 5, 2020