Marc Seales playing keyboard

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 musicdirector@northcity­jazzwalk.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
March 11–15

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
March 5–7

Edmonds, WA

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.


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January 22, 2020