Jazz lovers — Tell your interested friends there’s still time to submit to play the inDIGenous Jazz Series next year! The Madison Music Collective is currently accepting applications from area composers and performers of original music for the 2018 series of local jazz showcases. Artists can apply now for one of 8 performance dates running from March through November, 2018.
This popular series will be entering its fourth year in 2018, with 4 concerts in the spring at Madison Public Library’s central branch (3rd floor Community Room) and 4 more in the fall at the UW Memorial Union’s Fredric March Play Circle. These concerts offer participating musicians a fair night’s pay, an attentive audience of 125-200 fans, and a terrific listening and performance space with excellent sound.
The series is produced by Madison Music Collective in association with the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium, Wisconsin Union Theater, and Madison Public Library. Application materials can be accessed here. The Music Collective expects to announce its artist selection decisions on or around 1/15/18.
A complete application includes a short description of your proposal, biographical information, and MP3 samples. The application is due December 31; selected performers will be notified in mid-January. For more information, click here to visit the Madison Music Collective website.
New Year’s Eve is also the deadline to apply for a Greater Madison Jazz Consortium Artistic Development Program grant. Now entering its second year, this program provides funding to local jazz musicians to create and present engaging new projects that can be completed by the end of 2018. In its inaugural year, the program provided $14,400 in grants for projects ranging from the composition and performance of new works (Paul Dietrich’s suite “Forward,” Rob Lundberg’s suite “Bird Songs,” and Wilder Deitz’ mixtape inspired by jazz, hip-hop, and folk music traditions), the acquisition of repertoire for Greater Madison’s new and first improvising steel band (Panchromatic Steel), and a multi-faceted exploration of the jazz organ quintet (including a body of new work composed, performed and recorded by trumpeter Eric Siereveld, along with public master classes and two concerts.) The 2018 grant process begins with a simple pre-application that describes the project idea, identifies the artists to be involved, and provides a rough estimate of the funds needed from the Consortium to complete the project. Artistic Development Program Grant application materials can be accessed here. The Consortium expects to announce the new year’s grant winners on or around 2/14/18.