January 2011

January 16, 2011

JEN Conference (Jan 5-8, 2011) Honoring Performance in the Birthplace of Jazz

The 2011 theme of the Jazz Education Network’s 2nd Annual Conference, held in New Orleans, will be “Honoring Performance in the Birthplace of Jazz!” Twenty-seven student jazz ensembles will be in the city. Most of the groups will perform in concert on the dedicated JENerations Showcase Stage in the Orpheum Ballroom, while a select few will be presented on the Main Stage. A select group of Student Composition participants will be invited to attend the 2011 conference and hear a professional performance of their music and receive adjudicated comments.

In addition to the array of student talent, there will be thirty plus pro ensembles and sixty-five or so clinics and panels. Special attention has been given to New Orleans culture and heritage in the conference offerings.

For additional information about the conference, visit www.JazzEdNet.org.

NAMM Foundation Grants

The NAMM Foundation has announced the availability of grants from its Wanna Play Fund for instruments, awarded to schools that are expanding or reinstating music education programs as part of their core curriculum and that employ quality music teachers.

Interested schools must meet the following criteria to apply for the grants: Public schools serving low-income students, percentage of free and reduced lunch data required; community organizations servicing low-income students and students with special needs, community demographic information required; schools and community programs that have made a commitment to hiring and retaining high-quality music teachers and providing standards-based, sequential learning in music.

Schools must provide verifiable Employer Identification Number (EIN) and/or tax-exempt documentation. Online grant applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants will be notified within 30 days of submission whether or not a grant will be awarded. Interested applicants must complete the online grant application.

To complete an application, visit www.nammfoundation.org.

Music Careers in Dollars and Cents

Berklee College’s Career Development Center has created a comprehensive resource for the music industry titled Salary Ranges for U.S. Music Positions in Performance, Writing, Business, Audio Technology, Education, and Music Therapy. The study covers a broad range of specific careers, including orchestral, Broadway, and studio musician; choir director; jingle, TV, and film score composer; arranger; conductor; instrument maker; AR; manager; music attorney; video game audio engineer; live sound and sound recording; audiologist; and music teacher.

Although Berklee’s collection of music career resources is exhaustive, this type of information wasn’t aggregated anywhere. Peter Spellman, director of the Career Development Center, had the idea to create a chart for advising purposes and to share with Berklee and the larger music community around the world. To create the document, Spellman and a team of staff members conducted research and revised the chart several times over a six-month span. The document will be updated every year to keep up with salary changes and emerging career paths.

To view the study, go to www.berklee.edu.

Jazz House Kids: NEA and Chick Corea

The National Endowment for the Arts has announced the winners of their 2011 Challenge America Award, with Montclair-based Jazz House Kids, one of six recipients in the state of New Jersey and the sole winner in Essex County.

The $10,000 NEA grant will help support the June 2 Inside the Jazz Note High School Masterclass, an all-day Jazz House Kids program of teaching and performance for high school bands and their teachers throughout New Jersey. This year, Jazz House Kids will feature piano legend and Grammy winner Chick Corea.

Inside the Jazz Note High School Masterclass is hosted by bassist and Jazz House Kids board member, Christian McBride. The day boasts an array of music learning opportunities for the music students including performances, an interactive discussion with participants, small group and big band demonstrations featuring select schools, a question and answer period, and a brief photo op with the artist. Held at the South Orange Performing Arts Center, Corea will also participate in an evening program open to the public that will include a concert performance and an intimate interview with McBride.

For more information, visit www.jazzhousekids.org.

Steve Wilson 50th Birthday Celebration

On February 9, 2011, saxophonist and band leader, Steve Wilson, will celebrate his 50th birthday. He’s celebrating all week at Jazz Standard in New York City with many of his musical collaborators.

Throughout the week, Steve will present five different bands over six nights, February 8 – 13.

For a complete list of performers, visit www.stevewilsonmusic.com.

Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program

Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program has created more than 3,000 murals, many of which represent important aspects of Philadelphia’s African-American history, traditions, and culture. This collection, to be completed in February 2011, will include 40-50 murals throughout the city that uniquely capture the rich African American experience in Philadelphia.

The murals honor many themes and figures of great significance to Philadelphia’s African-American history, including, the women of jazz, Tuskegee Airmen, Jackie Robinson, Patti LaBelle, and Malcolm X.Education in African-American History The Albert M. Greenfield African American Iconic Images Collection, curated in partnership with the#149;African American Museum in Philadelphia#149;and an advisory committee of local African-American leaders and scholars, is scheduled for launch in#149;Black History Month 2011.

For more information, visit www.muralarts.org.


Barbados Jazz Festival Cancelled

For the first time since 1993, the Barbados Jazz Festival, an integral part of this country’s music culture, will not take place in January 2011. Show promoter, Gilbert Rowe, of GMR International Tours Inc, said in a statement that the global economic downturn had made it difficult to mount the festival. “Unfortunately this was not to be and after much internal discussion and other consultations, it is with much regret that we must now advise that GMR International, as the producers of the Barbados Jazz Festival, will not be in a position to mount the festival this year.”

To find out more, visit www.barbadosjazzfestival.com.

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