Mark Lewis in a black t-shirt holding a saxophone.

Mark Lewis photo courtesy of the artist.

“First Sundays Concerts” Series Presents The Mark Lewis Quartet

Bainbridge Community Piano Association presents the Mark Lewis Quartet. Postponed due to COVID-19, the Mark Lewis Quartet concert has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 7, at 4pm PST as a virtual concert. The event will feature Mark Lewis (saxophone), Bill Anschell (piano), Clipper Anderson (bass), and Mark Ivester (drums). Ticket holders will be able to view the concert for three weeks. For tickets visit firstsundaysconcerts.org.

KNKX Receives Doris Duke Award 

Local jazz radio station KNKX 88.5FM has been selected as one of five radio stations for the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s newly formed Jazz Media Lab Award, launched in January 2021. The three-year award program, targeted at the country’s most dynamic and forward-thinking nonprofit jazz radio stations, aims to bolster each radio stations’ individual strength and collective resilience as essential players in the jazz ecosystem. KNKX, along with KMHD Portland, KUVO Denver, WBGO Newark, and WRTI Philadelphia, will each receive grants of up to $275,000 over three years. As well as being used for core support, the program will also provide the resources to advance strategies to diversify the radio stations’ listening bases and invest in new media platforms. For more information about this award visit ddcf.org.

Artist Trust Announces 2020 Fellowship Awardees 

In February, Artist Trust announced the nine recipients of the 2020 Fellowship Awards, which includes artists across genres from around Washington state. Each recipient receives an unrestricted cash award of $10,000. This year’s recipients include jazz musician, composer, and community organizer Benjamin Hunter. We congratulate all the awardees. The next cycle of the Fellowship awards opens in October 2021, with a deadline of November 8. More information about the current recipients can be found at artisttrust.org.

Office of Arts and Culture Youth Arts Grant Application

The City of Seattle’s Youth Arts Grant application is now open. Designed to support equitable access to arts and cultural learning for Seattle’s middle and high school-aged youth, the program is held outside school hours. Individual teaching artists and organizations are encouraged to apply to the program. Projects must take place between September 2021–August 2022, and recipients will receive $6,000 distributed over a year. The application deadline is March 22, 2021. Follow this link for more details: seattle.gov/arts.

4Culture 2021 Project Grants

4Culture Project Grants will open for application on March 17, with an April 28 deadline. The three project grants cover the disciplines of arts, heritage, and preservation. Workshops and videos are available to help applicants. Follow this link for more details: 4culture.org/project-grants.

Best of the Blues Awards Ballot Available

The Washington Blues Society ballot is available for the “Best of the Blues Awards” program. Voting is available for members only. The awards ceremony, which is the 30th annual, will take place on April 18. The voting deadline is March 9, 2021. For information visit wablues.org.

COVID-19 Artist Trust Relief Fund

Washington State artists of all disciplines who have been affected by COVID-19 financially and have not yet received funding from the Artist Trust COVID-19 Relief Fund are invited to apply. Priority is given to individuals who are disproportionately affected by COVID-19, including artists from historically marginalized communities, BIPOC artists, artists who are immunocompromised, artists who identify as LGBTQ, artists with immigrant status, and artists living with or having disabilities. Artists interested in applying can do so from March 5 at the Artist Trust website. The application deadline is March 26, with funding to be distributed in early April. The grant amount will be $1,000 per person. For details visit artisttrust.org.

Seattle Jazz Artist Relief Fund

The application period for the second round of SJARF is now closed. Earshot Jazz will distribute funds early this month. It was an honor to administer this program and bring much needed support to the community. We thank the Raynier Institute and Foundation for making this program possible.

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Earshot Jazz Editor

The Earshot Jazz magazine is looking for a new editor. This is a part-time contract position. Visit earshot.org for more information.

Earshot Jazz Writers

Earshot Jazz is looking for freelance writers to contribute to the Earshot Jazz magazine. Assignments include  special features, profiles, previews, and reviews. Visit earshot.org or write to editor@earshot.org for more information.


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March 1, 2021