What we do

emerging artists program

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 a small stipend in addition to valuable real-life experience.

Since 2013, Jazz in the Neighborhood has sponsored well over 100 Emerging Artists.

The Emerging Artists program focuses 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.

join the program

To apply, download and complete the application and recommendation forms found below. Email completed copies to info@jazzintheneighborhood.org.

guaranteed fair wage fund

Jazz musicians have long been participants in the “gig” economy. Very few have the security of regular employment playing jazz, especially with the decline of union representation.

For many, the economics of jazz performance has become a cut of ticket sales, a tip jar, maybe a free meal, and often a day job. This kind of remuneration hardly seems fair given the knowledge, skill, and practice that’s required to become a jazz musician.

So unlike many concert producers, Jazz in the Neighborhood guarantees musicians a fair wage when they perform at our events. We encourage all venues to join us in paying a guaranteed fair wage to jazz musicians.

Learn more about the guaranteed fair wage program and nominate a venue!

past Guaranteed Fair Wage Fund venues

If you know of a venue that would like to participate but is not listed here, please put them in touch with Jazz in the Neighborhood, gfwf@jazzintheneighborhood.org

IMA Educator Directory

The Independent Musicians Alliance’s Directory of Performing Jazz Educators is a directory of teaching and performing artists in the Bay Area. Check out the listings to find a teacher for you or your child!

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