The Jazz Gallery Residency Commission is proud to announce
its 2016-2017 recipients
JOEL ROSS, MARIA GRAND & ADAM O’FARRILL
as well as The Jazz Gallery Fellowship 2017 inaugural fellows
JOHNATHAN BLAKE & ERIC REVIS
About The Jazz Gallery Residency Commissions
In addition to giving performance opportunities to young artists, The Jazz Gallery also has a strong track record of nurturing compositional talent, having commissioned new work annually since 2002 which evolved into the Residency Commissions program, which grants talented composers and bandleaders the resources to work on large-scale projects that will have enduring and transformative effects on their creative development. We encourage commissioned artists to think outside their usual box and deeply explore their creative ideas and take risks by removing financial and space constraints.
To this end, Residency Commission recipients receive a commissioning fee ranging from $7,500.00, as well as unrestricted access to our performance space for an entire season to compose, rehearse, and record during off-hours, culminating in the premiere of their new work later in the season.
Since 2002, our Commissions program has supported 44 artists’ creation of 46 new works, many of which have since been commercially released and several of which have been nominated for GRAMMY Awards; however, our focus for the program is not the end products. We are more concerned with providing the process for the artists, most of whom are receiving a commission for the first time in their careers.
The program also showcases the multitude of cultural influences in New York’s contemporary jazz scene; recent Residency Commission recipients include: Ambrose Akinmusire, Gerald Clayton, Jen Shyu, Kris Davis, Sachal Vasandani, Amir ElSaffar, Linda Oh, Ben Wendel, Joe Sanders, John Escreet, and more.
The Jazz Gallery Residency Commissions are made possible in part by the grant from the Jerome Foundation with additional support from the New York State Council on the Arts, Department of Cultural Affairs of New York City, and the Cheswatyr Foundation.
About The Jazz Gallery Fellowship
The Jazz Gallery is pleased to announce our new Fellowship program.
In our years of nurturing young, emerging artists, it has come to our attention that mid-career artists often struggle to sustain the momentum of their creative output and career trajectory. The Jazz Gallery has long supported the youngest generation of jazz musicians through various programming initiatives and now seeks to address the relative scarcity of resources dedicated to mid-career artists, who often balance the professional demands of performing, touring, and teaching with additional obligations related to their families (e.g., parenting), which are less likely to affect younger or older artists.
The Jazz Gallery Fellowship comprises of a $10,000.00 award as well as a two-week residency at the Pocantico Center of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Fellows also have access to The Jazz Gallery space during its off-hours. The Fellowship aims to provide the financial support and logistical freedom to its recipients to focus their energy for a brief but substantial period on new compositional projects. The Jazz Gallery will present formal premieres of completed works. We believe that this opportunity will enable the fellowship recipients to develop potentially career-transforming new works that would otherwise not be possible.
With the Fellowship program, we hope to strengthen our holistic approach to supporting artists and the art form. Many grant programs, competitions, contests, and journalistic awards explicitly feature “emerging” improvisers and composers, while high-visibility cultural awards are generally reserved for much older figures in jazz. The Jazz Gallery hopes to address a gap in allocating funds and resources for mid-career artists, who, unfortunately, are sometimes taken for granted by the jazz audience and press. Although this program would be a small step toward redressing the relative lack of opportunities for those who fit neither the profiles of rising star nor jazz legend, as favored in the jazz business, the Gallery hopes that such a program will draw attention to this deficiency, setting a precedent to inspire other organizations to devote greater resources for mid-career artists.
For its inaugural year, The Jazz Gallery is awarding the Fellowship to bassist Eric Revis and drummer Johnathan Blake.
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