Marc Seales photo by Daniel Sheehan.
FACE Foundation Call for Applications
FACE Foundation, in collaboration with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S., is requesting applications for their 2020–2021 Jazz & New Music Program. The program awards three different grants: creative grants, residency grants, and touring grants for eligible projects jointly conceived with French and American musicians. Funding is offered to American or French non-profit organizations who represent individual artists or ensembles. The application deadline is March 2. Visit face-foundation.org for more details and application.
KNKX Piano Starts Here Series Continues in 2020
The Piano Starts Here series presented by KNKX, highlights the work of some of the most prolific and talented composers and pianists. The year-long series brings together Seattle’s finest pianists to perform the works of famed pianists. Hosted by Alex Guilbert, the series will explore the music of Keith Jarrett, Ragtime jazz, the music of Dave Brubeck and John Lewis, among others. All shows will start at 7:30PM and are held at the Royal Room. For tickets and details visit theroyalroomseattle.com
North City Jazz Walk Accepting Submissions
The North City Jazz Walk committee is accepting submissions for musicians for the 2020 event, which will be held Tuesday, August 11 in Shoreline. Artists should send an email, with links to their websites and/or samples of their music to firstname.lastname@example.org.
4Culture Arts Project Grant Applications Open
Individuals and groups from any artistic discipline may apply for 4Culture’s Arts Project grant to fund their project. Apart from the project’s artistic rationale, one of the core criteria for this project is its availability to the public. This year’s round of funding supports project needs after June 1, 2020 till June 1, 2022, with competitive grants in fixed amounts from $2,500 to $8,500. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, and a resident of King County. Numerous application workshops are available at various locations throughout February. The application deadline is March 4. For details visit 4culture.org
Nicholas Salas-Harris named as PDX Jazz Artistic Director
PDX Jazz, the largest organization presenting jazz in Oregon, has an nounced the appointment of Nicholas Salas-Harris as their Artistic Director. Originally from Illinois, Salas-Harris moved to the Northwest in the early 2000’s to study at Evergreen State College. He has nation-wide jazz experience with the DC Jazz Festival as a Producer and Talent Buyer; as a co-founder of the New Orleans Jazz festival and the Soul’d Out Festival in Portland; and in 2017 he opened the Jack London Revue in Portland. At PDX, Salas-Harris will shape the creative programming of the Biamp PDX Jazz festival as well as PDX seasonal events We congratulate Nicholas Salas-Harris on his appointment.
Artists Trust Fellowship Awards Grant
The applications for the 2020 Fellowship Awards open on February 10. The application deadline is March 9. These merit-based awards of $10,000 for practicing artists of exceptional talent and ability, who live in Washington, are given to eight artists of any discipline. Visit artitstrust.org to learn more.
Northwest Music Mondays at Jazz Alley
KNKX and Jazz Alley have announced a new programming initiative: Northwest Music Mondays at Jazz Alley. The program highlights resident artists on the last Monday of each month. The program seeks to help alleviate the loss in opportunities for resident artists after the closing of Tula’s last year. On February 24, the Marc Seales Quintet performs. Tickets are $16. For more information visit jazzalley.com.
Office of Arts & Culture Youth Arts Grant Applications Open
Youth Arts Grants fund teaching artists and organizations that provide out-of-school arts training. The program aims to provide Seattle’s Middle and High School aged youth with equitable access to arts and cultural learning, increasing opportunities for young people from diverse racial and socio-economic backgrounds. Recipients will receive a total of $12,000 distributed over two years. The deadline is February 24. Details and application can be found at seattle.gov/arts.
On the Horizon
The 35th Annual Seattle Improvised Music Festival
First organized by the late Paul Hoskin, the Seattle Improvised Music Festival (SIMF) brings together the most innovative improvisers from the eclectic scene. Now in its 35th year, SIMF is the longest-running festival in the United States dedicated solely to music that is completely improvised. More information at nseq.org
DeMiero Jazz Festival
Led by vocalist and Artistic Director Sara Gazarek, the DeMiero Jazz Festival celebrates jazz musicians and vocalists. 2020 artists are yet to be announced. For more information visit demierojazzfest.org.