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Community panel discussion screenshot from Zoom.

Impact of the Coronavirus on Black Jazz & Blues Musicians Panel—was moderated by Tony Benton and the featured panelists were Eugenie Jones, Lady A, Wadie Ervin, and Michael Powers. Screenshot courtesy of Earshot Jazz.

HONK! Fest West

After a 2020 pause due to the pandemic, HONK! Fest West is returning for a free, all day celebration of activating public spaces with live, energetic music on September 18 in Columbia Park. Since its beginning in 2008, HONK! has been a “community-supported festival devoted to marching bands, drum corps, samba lines, and anything acoustic and mobile that makes a ruckus.” Everyone is welcome at HONK! in whatever capacity feels most comfortable to you. Maybe that’s watching from the side and dancing along, or maybe it’s picking up an instrument and joining in! This festival is all about deepening community relationships so whatever feels right, is right! Typically celebrated over three days in June, this year’s festival was rescheduled to the fall and will only be one day. If you can’t make the festival but still want to support their work, the organizers are looking for year-round volunteer support. Visit honkfestwest.org for more information.

Earshot Jazz Festival: Call for Community Panels

Here in 2021 there is a unique opportunity to examine the structures in place within our jazz community—from education spaces, to jam session culture, to the performance stage, and beyond—through thoughtful community dialogue. Earshot is inviting community members to submit panel proposals for consideration. Topics presented through the lens of racial, social, and gender justice are particularly encouraged. Submissions will be reviewed by Earshot Jazz’s internal Community Engagement Committee, which includes members of the Board of Directors and Earshot staff. Selected proposals will be compensated for their presentation $125 per panelist/moderator. All panels will be digital and should run between 60–90 minutes (including Q&A time). The deadline to submit is Sunday, September 12. To submit a proposal, please visit forms.gle/oa3vrzXPj8Weoud59.

Earshot Jazz Festival Update

Drummer and 2020 NEA Jazz Master Terri Lyne Carrington was announced in last month’s issue as part of the 2021 Earshot Jazz Festival lineup, set to perform alongside her dynamic sextet Social Science. Carrington recently announced the cancellation of their tour and will no longer be participating in this year’s festival. 

Jazz Night School

Jazz Night School is thrilled to announce that their in-person combos will be back in session beginning September 18. Fully vaccinated individuals who are willing to wear masks as needed are allowed physically in the space. Online combos will continue to be accessible for unvaccinated individuals or simply those who prefer the online experience! The majority of their classes will also continue to be accessible online over Zoom. Registration for the fall session will be announced in early September. Any new Jazz Night School students have a couple short, simple tasks to complete before registering. Please email info@jazznightschool.org for more details.

4Culture Arc Artist Fellowship

Applications for 4Culture’s Arc Artist Fellowship are now open til December 15 by 5pm. The Arc Artist Fellowship provides $12,000 awards and modest promotional support through the 4Culture website. This grant is intended to offer individual artists operational support (such as rent or mortgage payments, childcare, legal support, materials, etc.) as they pursue their creative work. Though it is a competitive process, they are offering multiple supportive resources such as free informational workshops and sample documents to help applicants submit strong applications. For more details about the grant process and eligibility please visit 4culture.org/grants/arc-fellowship.

Day of Caring Legal Clinic

Communities Rise is partnering with United Way of King County and Ventures to offer free, online business law consultations on September 23 for small businesses. Sign up quick as the slots are going fast! For more information visit communities-rise.org/event/day-of-caring-free-legal-consultations/.

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August 27, 2021

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