The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts will present Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead, the international jazz residency, performance and composition project discovering and presenting the next generation of jazz greats, February 29, 2016-March 12, 2016, at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Under the direction of Jason Moran, Kennedy Center Artistic Director for Jazz, the Jazz Ahead program identifies outstanding, emerging jazz artist-composers in their mid-teens to age twenty-five, and brings them together under the tutelage of experienced artist-instructors who coach and counsel them, helping to polish their performance, composing, and arranging skills.
The two-week residency program – for which there is no tuition or application fee – includes daily workshops and rehearsal with established jazz artists and culminates in three concerts on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, which will be broadcast live over the Internet. In addition, the 2016 program will travel together to New York for a performance at the Apollo Theater.
The Kennedy Center will provide participants with per diem to cover meal expenses and lodging at a local hotel. Transportation to and from Washington, D.C. will be the responsibility of the residency participant. International applicants are encouraged to apply; international transportation for those participants will be made on a case-by-case basis. There is no application fee or tuition.
Betty Carter, who possessed one of this era's most extraordinary voices, was devoted to jazz education. Her Jazz Ahead program, which she brought to the Kennedy Center in 1998, has helped launch the careers of several of today's stars, including Cyrus Chestnut, Jason Moran, and Jacky Terrasson.
Video: Jason Moran and Casey Benjamin discuss Betty Carter, and their time at Jazz Ahead with Betty in 1998.
Applications for 2016 are now closed
Serious U.S. and international jazz musicians in their mid-teens to age twenty-five are invited to apply.
Electronically submit a total of four (4) recordings, each three (3) to four (4) minutes in length, featuring performances by the applicant in a trio or larger group (no solo or duo allowed), including:
Call Kennedy Center Jazz at (202) 416-8348 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo Credit: Margot Schulman
Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead is made possible through the generous support of The King-White Family Foundation and Dr. J. Douglas White, The Argus Fund, and the U.S. Department of Education.
Major support for educational programs at the Kennedy Center is provided by David and Alice Rubenstein through the Rubenstein Arts Access Program.
Education and related artistic programs are made possible through the generosity of the National Committee for the Performing Arts and the President's Advisory Committee on the Arts.
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