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Rhiannon Giddens looking out in the distance

Rhiannon Giddens photo by Ebru Yildiz.

Errin Patton Leaves Earshot Jazz

It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our colleague Errin Patton. Serving for one year as Earshot’s first Development Manager, Errin’s position was eliminated due to the financial strain on our organization from COVID-19. We wish Errin all the best in her new career endeavors.

Changes on the Earshot Jazz Board

In August, Danielle Leigh, Board President stepped down from her position that she held admirably for the past few years. Stepping up as the new Board President is Chris Icasiano.

Well known as a local drummer and composer, Icasiano works solo and in numerous ensembles and is one half of the duo Bad Luck. He is a co-founder of grassroots arts organizations Table and Chairs and Racer Sessions. He is committed to anti-racist and antisexist organizing within Seattle’s DIY and art communities in order to create more accessible and safer spaces. Before  being elected Board President, Chris Icasiano served as the Board Vice President. Replacing Icasiano in that position is Sheila Hughes (who most recently served as the treasurer). Chris Nutter will remain as board Secretary.

Shannon Halberstadt Leaves Artist Trust

Shannon Halberstadt, CEO of Artist Trust, resigned from her position, on August 31st. After helming the organization for six years Halberstadt indicated that it was the right time for her

to leave the organization and create room for new voices and organizational strategies.  Longtime Development Director, Kristina Goetz will serve as acting director.

CMA announces Rhiannon Giddens as Keynote Speaker

Chamber Music America announced that multi-instrumentalist, singer songwriter, and 2017 MacArthur Fellow, Rhiannon Giddens will deliver the keynote address at its 2021 Virtual Conference, Power and Privilege: Equity in the Arts. CMA’s Virtual Conference will take place January 11–15, 2021. For conference details see conference.chamber-music.org

Jack Straw Artist Residency Application

Jack Straw Artist Residency applications are now open. Applications are offered to established and emerging artists in diverse disciplines and provide an opportunity to explore the creative use of sound in a professional atmosphere through residencies in Jack Straw’s recording studios and participation in their various presentation programs. Artists may apply to only one program per year. The deadline is Monday November 2. Contact Jack Straw via email arts@jackstraw.org  or visit their website at jackstraw.org for more details.

New Podcast from Jack Straw and SCAC

“Opening Doors” a podcast about accessibility in arts and civic life, created by Jack Straw and  the Seattle Cultural Accessibility Consortium, launched on September 15th. Episode 1 featured an interview with Kameko Thomas, founder of Vonem Creative Media. Their first season aims to amplify the voices of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color with disabilities, and to learn how race and disability impact their access to arts and culture.Listen to the series and subscribe at soundcloud.com/OpeningDoorsPod or wherever you get your podcasts.

Royal Room Continues StaycationFestival

The Royal Room, in partnership with South Hudson Music Project and Live Concerts Stream, will continue to host the Staycation Online Festival through the end of 2020. Artists in October include Birch Pereira, Marina Christopher, Willem de Koch, among others. Concerts will be streamed live from their stage, following all Washington State Department of Health Guidelines. Airing Fridays and Sunday, with the occasional Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday, any proceeds raised during the events will go to the artists. For details about the schedule visit theroyalroomseattle.com.

Fall Classes at Seattle JazzED

This Fall Seattle JazzEd classes will continue online. Offerings include Virtual Protest Songs Project, grades 5–12: Virtual Ellington Ensembles, grades 9–12; Virtual Jazz Prep Ensembles, grades 4–8, plus a free, all ages Anti-racist Study Group which will study from Stamped by Ibram X. Kendi as well as the teen version. All classes begin in October and tuition is on a sliding scale. For more information visit seattlejazzed.org.

Vera Project’s Digital Equity Drive

Vera Project’s “Equip the Kids: A Digital Equity Drive for Video and Audio” is requesting donations of recording interfaces, old laptops/desktops, microphones, midi keyboards, instruments and more. Donations will help address the need to get music and art equipment into the hands of young people who do not have access to these vital creative tools. This need is more pertinent than ever in this age of digital streaming. For details visit Vera Project’s social media on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter or visit this link bit.ly/vera-gear-drive.

Seattle–King County BIPOC Production Network

The BIPOC Production Network has produced a living document that pro- vides a resource list for people in film production who identify as a Black, Indigenous Person of Color (BIPOC) and live or work in the greater Seattle and South Sound area. It is intended to provide visibility, access, community, and opportunity to BIPOC people working in all aspects of film, including commercial, non-commercial, non-profit, and hobby projects, and to help build up a robust ecosystem of creators who are generally underrepresented or under-served in mainstream media. Anyone interested in joining this list or accessing this list, should follow this link bit.ly/bipocproduction or email bipocfilmnetwork@gmail. com.

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