Our Emerging Artist program gives aspiring jazz musicians an opportunity to take part in the time-honored tradition of learning on the bandstand. By performing on stage with established jazz musicians—either as featured players or opening acts—those selected for the program receive valuable real-life experience in addition to monetary compensation.
Since 2013, Jazz in the Neighborhood has sponsored close to 100 Emerging Artists.
Beginning with the 2017-18 season, the Emerging Artists program will focus on musicians who are working towards a dedicated career in jazz. Through a competitive selection process, pre-professional solo, duo, or trio acts will be engaged to perform in multiple events throughout the year. In addition to coaching and performance experience, the musicians will receive on-going mentorship to help advance their careers.