The Jazz Consortium is Recruiting for a K-8 Guest Artist Program Coordinator

18 Dec

The Greater Madison Jazz Consortium is now hiring for another of its new part-time contracted positions: “K-8 Guest Artist Program Coordinator.” This position will work with school music teachers to bring working professional jazz musicians into local elementary and middle schools to enhance music instruction.

The description for this new position is presented below. Please note that the qualifications listed represent the attributes of the “ideal candidate,” while the applicant we hire will be the one having the best mix of these attributes.

To apply, please submit (a) a professional resume and (b) a 1-2 page narrative describing how your background and experience align well with the “primary qualifications” listed in the position description. Please submit your resume and narrative as email attachments, to hlandsman@tds.net. The deadline for receipt of applications is day’s end Sunday, January 26, 2014. (If you applied for one of the Jazz Consortium’s previously-announced Program Coordinator positions, you need not re-submit your resume.)

Applicants for these positions will be screened by Consortium board members, and finalists will be invited to an interview. We plan to hold interviews the morning of Tuesday, 2/4/14, to make our hiring decision at the Consortium’s 2/11/14 Board meeting, and to have the Program Coordinator’s work begin no later than 3/1/14.

If you have questions or would like more information about these job opportunities, please email hlandsman@tds.net. Thanks for your consideration.

Howard Landsman, Chairman
Greater Madison Jazz Consortium

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POSITION DESCRIPTION: K-8 GUEST ARTIST PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Legal Status: The K-8 Guest Artist Program Coordinator will be a contractor (not an employee) of the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium (GMJC).

Term: March 1, 2014 – September 30, 2014, with the potential for extension

Compensation: $20/hour, up to a maximum of $4,000

Work Hours: Hours are capped at 200 for the term of this agreement, but may be increased upon mutual agreement between GMJC and the K-8 Guest Artist Program Coordinator. The number of work hours will likely vary from week to week, depending on workload and other relevant considerations.

Supervision: The K-8 Guest Artist Program Coordinator will be supervised by the Chair of the GMJC Board of Directors (currently Howard Landsman).

Goal: The K-8 Guest Artist Program Coordinator will provide leadership for GMJC’s pursuit of the following goals:

• Cultivating the next generation of jazz musicians and appreciators
• Creating a more supportive economic climate for our community’s jazz musicians
• Expanding and diversifying the local jazz audience

Scope of Services: The work of the K-8 Guest Artist Program Coordinator will focus on, but not be limited to, the following duties.

• Identify capable professional jazz musicians who are interested in serving as guest artists in local K-8 schools, e.g., via artist residencies, teacher mentoring, performances with student ensembles, etc.
• Examine existing successful model guest artist programs, e.g., programs of the Jazz Institute of Chicago.
• Recruit a team of music teachers (Educator Advisory Group) to serve as consultants that advise on development of the K-8 Guest Artist Program.
• Develop a multi-year Guest Artist Program plan, including the process for recruiting schools interested in hosting the Guest Artist programs.
• Collaborate with school staff and participating musicians to design each school-specific program.
• Oversee and support implementation of the Guest Artist program by school staff and the participating musicians.
• Manage the funds available to support start-up of this initiative.
• Complement, and assist as needed with, the work of other GMJC Program Coordinators and the Administrative Coordinator.
• Collaborate with GMJC’s Fund Development Consultant to identify sources of sustaining support for the new initiatives for which the K-8 Guest Artist Program Coordinator has lead responsibility.

Primary Qualifications: The ideal candidate will possess the following characteristics.

• Successful experience as a music teacher in a school setting, esp. a public elementary or middle school
• Successful experience as a working jazz musician who has conducted in-school jazz programming
• Successful program development experience, especially in a school or other youth-serving program setting
• Self-starter with demonstrated ability to take the initiative and work well independently under board oversight and guidance
• Excellent communication skills
• Demonstrated ability to work well in a team setting, including the ability to establish and maintain healthy and productive working relationships among group members and the ability to guide the group toward consensus about and achievement of a clear course of action
• Demonstrated ability to successfully manage a budget
• Commitment to the project through the end of the current grant period (i.e., at least through September 2014)

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Jazz Consortium Hires Nick Moran and Susan Fox as Program Coordinators

15 Dec

The Greater Madison Jazz Consortium is delighted to announce the hiring of one of our jazz community’s leaders, bassist Nick Moran. Nick will serve as the Consortium’s Program Coordinator for Musician-Led Project Development. In this position, he will work with key stakeholders (including the Consortium’s soon-to-be-recruited Musicians Advisory Team) to develop practical projects that have a good chance of improving the economic conditions of our local working jazz musicians and that can be implemented in the coming year.

The Consortium is also happy to announce the hiring of Susan Fox to serve as Program Coordinator for Nonprofit Partnerships. Susan will bring her extensive experience in the nonprofit performing arts sector, both in Madison and Chicago, to the task of embedding jazz into the cultural programming of our community’s nonprofit organizations, especially those serving youth and persons of color of all ages.

Please join us in congratulating and supporting Nick and Susan as we move forward to shape these new initiatives.

The Jazz Consortium is Hiring Again: Application Deadline is December 29, 2013

6 Dec

The Greater Madison Jazz Consortium is now hiring for another of its new part-time contracted positions: “Program Coordinator for Venue Development.” This position will lead the Consortium’s efforts to create a wider array of local venues that present live jazz in settings that are good for listening and that pay better fees to the performers. This could include establishment of new venues as well as enhancements to venues that already present live jazz.

The description for this new position is presented below. Please note that the qualifications listed represent the attributes of the “ideal candidate,” while the applicant we hire will be the one having the best mix of these attributes.

To apply, please submit (a) a professional resume and (b) a 1-2 page narrative describing how your background and experience align well with the “primary qualifications” listed in the position description. Please submit your resume and narrative as email attachments, to hlandsman@tds.net. The deadline for receipt of applications is day’s end Sunday, December 29, 2013. (If you applied for one of the Jazz Consortium’s previously-announced Program Coordinator positions, you need not re-submit your resume.)

Applicants for these positions will be screened by Consortium board members, and finalists will be invited to an interview. We hope to hold interviews during the week of 1/6/14, to make our hiring decisions at the Consortium’s 1/14/14 Board meeting, and to have the Program Coordinator’s work begin by 2/1/14.

If you have questions or would like more information about these opportunities, please email hlandsman@tds.net. Thanks for your consideration.

Howard Landsman, Chairman
Greater Madison Jazz Consortium

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POSITION DESCRIPTION: PROGRAM COORDINATOR FOR VENUE DEVELOPMENT

Legal Status: The Program Coordinator for Venue Development will be a contractor (not an employee) of the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium (GMJC).

Term: February 1, 2014 – September 30, 2014, with the potential for extension

Compensation: $20/hour, up to a maximum of $4,500

Work Hours: Hours are capped at 225 for the term of this agreement, but may be increased upon mutual agreement between GMJC and the Program Coordinator for Venue Development. The number of work hours will likely vary from week to week, depending on workload and other relevant considerations.

Accountability: The Program Coordinator for Venue Development will be accountable to the GMJC Board of Directors. His/her primary contact will be the Board Chairman, currently Howard Landsman.

Goal: The Program Coordinator for Venue Development will provide leadership for GMJC’s pursuit of the following goal: Creating a more supportive economic climate for our community’s jazz musicians.

Scope of Services: The work of the Program Coordinator for Venue Development will focus on, but not be limited to, the following duties.

• Identify prospective new venues for live jazz performances in the Greater Madison area, including but not limited to new and existing performance spaces and private homes.
• Identify opportunities to expand upon the jazz programming currently provided by existing venues.
• Guide the feasibility assessment(s) that identify(ies) the most promising opportunities for further venue development including determining the steps and resources needed to implement or expand live jazz programming at these venues and engaging GMJC’s Musician Advisory Team in the feasibility assessment process .
• Support the venue managers in establishing their venue as a site for live jazz programming, or further developing their current jazz programming, to maximize the chances of successful implementation.
• Manage the funds available to support start-up/expansion of jazz programming at these venues.
• Complement, and assist as needed, the work of other GMJC Program Coordinators (including Musician-Led Project Development, Nonprofit Partnerships, and K-12 Guest Artist) and the Administrative Coordinator.
• Collaborate with GMJC’s Fund Development Consultant to identify sources of sustaining support for the new initiatives for which the Program Coordinator for Venue Development has lead responsibility.

Primary Qualifications: The ideal candidate will possess the following characteristics.

• Love for jazz music
• Familiarity with the local jazz scene, including programming in live music venues in Dane County
• Self-starter with demonstrated ability to take the initiative and work well independently under board oversight and guidance
• Excellent communication skills
• Experience successfully producing music or other performing arts programs/events
• Experience working successfully with commercial music venue owners/managers or other small businesses
• Demonstrated ability to work well in a team setting, including the ability to establish and maintain healthy and productive working relationships among group members and the ability to guide the group toward consensus about and achievement of a clear course of action
• Demonstrated ability to successfully manage a budget
• Commitment to the project through the end of the current grant period (i.e., at least through September 2014)

The Jazz Consortium is Hiring: Application Deadline is November 8, 2013

16 Oct

With a grant from the John and Carolyn Peterson Charitable Foundation, the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium has created part-time contracted Program Coordinator positions that will lead the planning and implementation of the Consortium’s next round of new initiatives aimed at strengthening our local jazz scene. Applications are now being accepted for two of these positions: “Program Coordinator for Musician-Led Project Development” and “Program Coordinator for Nonprofit Partnerships.” Descriptions for each position are presented immediately below.

If you’re interested in applying for one or both of these positions, please submit (a) a professional resume and (b) a 1-2 page narrative describing how your background and experience align well with the “primary qualifications” listed in the position description. Please submit your resume and narrative as email attachments, to hlandsman@tds.net. The deadline for receipt of applications is day’s end Friday, November 8, 2013. (If you’re applying for both positions, you may use a single resume but will need to provide a separate narrative for each position.)

Applicants for these positions will be screened by Consortium board members, and finalists will be invited to an interview. We hope to make our hiring decisions, and to have signed contracts with the chosen applicants, by the end of November, with work beginning in December.

If you have questions or would like more information about these opportunities, please email hlandsman@tds.net. Thanks for your consideration.

Howard Landsman, Chairman
Greater Madison Jazz Consortium

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PROGRAM COORDINATOR: MUSICIAN-LED PROJECT DEVELOPMENT

Legal Status: The Program Coordinator for Musician-Led Project Development will be a contractor (not an employee) of the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium (GMJC).

Term: December 1, 2013 – September 30, 2014, with the potential for extension

Compensation: $20/hour, up to a maximum of $5,000

Work Hours: Hours are capped at 250, but may be increased upon mutual agreement between GMJC and the Program Coordinator for Musician-Led Project Development. The number of work hours will likely vary from week to week, depending on workload and other relevant considerations.

Accountability: The Program Coordinator for Musician-Led Project Development will be accountable to the GMJC Board of Directors. His/her primary contact will be the Board Chairman, currently Howard Landsman.

Goal: The Program Coordinator for Musician-Led Project Development will provide leadership for GMJC’s pursuit of the following goal: Creating a more supportive economic climate for our community’s jazz musicians.

Scope of Services: The work of the Program Coordinator for Musician-Led Project Development will focus on, but not be limited to, the following duties.

• Recruit a stylistically diverse group of local working jazz musicians to form a pro bono advisory team (Musician Advisory Team) that will provide substantive direction for development and implementation of new initiatives aimed at creating a more supportive economic climate for our community’s jazz musicians.
• Guide the Musician Advisory Team through a review of the GMJC’s strategic planning interview and survey findings and through a brainstorming of ideas for promising new projects.
• Work with the Musician Advisory Team, venue owners, and other key parties to assess the feasibility of the most promising project ideas, and to select those that are ready for implementation in the near-term future (i.e., 2014 or soon thereafter).
• Guide, coordinate and support the implementation of the first set of new projects, and any necessary refinements needed to improve the chances of successful implementation.
• Manage the funds available to support implementation of these new projects.
• Complement, and assist as needed, the work of other GMJC Program Coordinators (for the Venue Development, Nonprofit Partnership, and K-12 Guest Artist Initiatives) and the Administrative Coordinator.
• Collaborate with GMJC’s Fund Development Consultant to identify sources of sustaining support for the new initiatives for which the Program Coordinator has lead responsibility.

Primary Qualifications: The ideal candidate will possess the following characteristics.

• Substantial experience as a working jazz musician, especially in the Greater Madison area
• Well-known and well-regarded among local working jazz musicians
• Well-organized self-starter with demonstrated ability to take the initiative and work well independently under board oversight and guidance
• Demonstrated ability to work well in a team setting, including the ability to establish and maintain healthy and productive working relationships among group members and the ability to guide the group toward consensus about and achievement of a clear course of action
• Demonstrated ability to successfully manage a budget
• Commitment to the position at least through the end of the current grant period (i.e., at least through September 2014)

PROGRAM COORDINATOR: NONPROFIT PARTNERSHIPS

Legal Status: The Program Coordinator for Nonprofit Partnerships will be a contractor (not an employee) of the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium (GMJC).

Term: December 1, 2013 – September 30, 2014, with the potential for extension

Compensation: $20/hour, up to a maximum of $5,000

Work Hours: Hours are capped at 250, but may be increased upon mutual agreement between GMJC and the Program Coordinator for Nonprofit Partnerships. The number of work hours will likely vary from week to week, depending on workload and other relevant considerations.

Accountability: The Program Coordinator for Musician-Led Project Development will be accountable to the GMJC Board of Directors. His/her primary contact will be the Board Chairman, currently Howard Landsman.

Goals: The Program Coordinator for Nonprofit Partnerships will provide leadership for GMJC’s pursuit of the following goals:

• Expanding and diversifying the local jazz audience
• Cultivating the next generation of jazz musicians and appreciators
• Creating a more supportive economic climate for our community’s jazz musicians

This work will focus on the engagement of youth and persons of color of all ages with jazz music through creation of partnerships with existing nonprofit organizations that primarily serve, and provide programming in the arts for, these target populations.

Scope of Services: The work of the Program Coordinator for Nonprofit Partnerships will focus on, but not be limited to, the following duties.

• Identify, and conduct initial consultations with, prospective nonprofit partners (esp. those already offering programs in the performing arts and other areas of cultural enrichment) and interested and capable local jazz musicians.
• Examine existing successful model programs.
• Develop and conduct the process for selecting the partner nonprofit(s).
• Develop the program design in consultation with the participating musicians and the key program staff from the selected nonprofit(s).
• Support program implementation.
• Manage the funds available to support start-up of these partnerships.
• Complement, and assist as needed, the work of other GMJC Program Coordinators (for the Venue Development, Musician-Led Project Development, and K-12 Guest Artist Initiatives) and the Administrative Coordinator.
• Collaborate with GMJC’s Fund Development Consultant to identify sources of sustaining support for the new initiatives for which the Program Coordinator for the Nonprofit Partnerships has lead responsibility.

Primary Qualifications: The ideal candidate will possess the following characteristics.

• Prior successful experience with programming in a nonprofit community-based organization setting
• Demonstrated ability to work well with people of color
• Experience as a working jazz musician and/or jazz educator, especially in the Greater Madison area
• Well-known and well-regarded among local working jazz musicians
• Well-organized self-starter with demonstrated ability to take the initiative and work well independently under board oversight and guidance
• Demonstrated ability to work well in a team setting, including the ability to establish and maintain healthy and productive working relationships among group members and the ability to guide the group toward consensus about and achievement of a clear course of action
• Demonstrated ability to successfully manage a budget
• Commitment to the position at least through the end of the current grant period (i.e., at least through September 2014)

Jazz Connections: A Professional Learning Day with the Jazz Institute of Chicago on Saturday, November 9th

16 Oct

Thanks to a grant from the John and Carolyn Peterson Charitable Foundation, the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium will present a free all-day professional development program for music educators on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at Madison East High School. This program is aimed at helping teachers (including pre-service teachers and teaching musicians) improve the quality of jazz education for our community’s K-12 students, and is being produced through a partnership between the Jazz Institute of Chicago and the Madison Metropolitan School District’s Fine Arts Division.

The program features a keynote address by Chicago-based Latin Grammy-nominated drummer/ percussionist Rubén Alvarez, break-out sessions led by top-flight presenters from the Jazz Institute’s outstanding “Jazz Links” peer professional development program, and a culminating performance and jam session with the Noteworthy Ensemble, a big band comprised of music teachers from Chicago Public Schools. The full schedule is presented below.

Participating teachers will have a chance to receive one of four $250 mini-grants to implement their professional learning, and Madison district teachers will be able to earn Professional Advancement Credit. Lunch will also be provided at no charge.

This outstanding program is open to any music educator or major jazz enthusiast, but pre-registration is required. To register, go to http://goo.gl/0t03d3.

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Jazz Connections
November 9, 2013
Madison East High School
2222 East Washington Avenue

8:00 – 8:45am
Registration

8:45 – 9:00am
Welcome by Greater Madison Jazz Consortium

9:00 – 10:15am
Keynote Presentation by Rubén P. Alvarez: Romancing the Tone

2013 Latin Grammy-nominated drummer/Latin percussionist Rubén P. Alvarez will share the claves (keys) of success that have inspired his 43 years as a professional musician, and are the foundations of the teaching philosophies that have fueled his passion for sharing his knowledge of the percussive arts and Latin music and Latin jazz for over 32 years.

Rubén is a teaching artist for the Jazz Institute of Chicago Jazz Links Jazz Master residency program (elementary through high school). He also teaches private lessons and directs the Latin music and Latin Jazz combos and ensembles at Roosevelt University, Columbia College Chicago, and Prairie State College. He is an educational endorser for, and presents workshops and clinics internationally for, music industry leaders in music education, Latin Percussion® instruments, Remo drumheads, Vic Firth sticks and mallets, and Zildjian cymbals. He is a founding member and serves on the Board of Directors of the Jazz Education Network, the Board of Governors of the Chicago Chapter of the Recording Academy, and as Vice President of the Illinois Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society.

10:30am – 12:00pm – Morning Sessions
Participants will choose from the following:

“If You Can Sing, You Can Scat!” : An Introduction to Vocal Jazz Techniques for Young Singers – Gaye Klopack

This session will allow you to examine the voice as an instrument, learn mic techniques and provide repertoire and materials to enable the beginning vocal jazz program. You will learn how to teach your students to have fun with Vocal Jazz improvisation techniques, engaging activities and methods that encourage creative experimentation.

Presenter Gaye Klopack is the vocal music instructor at Jones College Prep High School and has been an adjunct member of the faculty at Northwestern Illinois University in Chicago.

“Chordal Progressions for the Jazz Pianist” (Beginning and Advanced) – Frank Menzies

Tutorial sessions geared towards assisting the classroom teacher (Jazz Band, Concert Band, Orchestra and Gospel Choir) with guiding their keyboardists from basic structure to an advanced paradigm. The approach will lend itself to more solid support of and in the ensemble.

Presenter Frank Menzies is the music instructor at Jones College Prep High School. He attended Howard University, Vander Cook College of Music, Governor’s State University and Chicago State University. He has recorded with Jon Faddis, Roy Haynes, and others. Mr. Menzies was the Illinois District IMEA guest conductor in ‘03 and the Illinois All-State Presenter in ‘04. In ‘05 he received an Honorary Commission from the Congressional Leadership Council. Mr. Menzies has toured China, Canada, and throughout the U.S.

Unleashing Creativity: Beginning Improvisation for the General Music Class – Chip Gdalman

When improvisation is mentioned, most people (and music teachers) immediately think jazz. While improvisation is the main feature of jazz, it is also found in blues, rock, hip-hop, and world music. Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven were also famous for their improvisations. This workshop will present several different scenarios for getting your students to improvise by using rhythms (percussion and/or just clapping), words (storytelling and raps), and easy scales (Orff instruments, recorders, or band instruments). You will be presented with simple techniques and plans to get you and your students over that hump of timid-ness and into the excitement and joy of improvising.

Presenter Chip Gdalman teaches band and general music at Gompers Fine Arts Option Elementary School on the far south side of Chicago. He has also taught at the university level and is a working jazz saxophonist.

12:00 – 1:00pm – Lunch A lunch of sub sandwiches, chips, fruit, dessert, and bottled water will be provided on site at no cost to participants

1:00 – 2:30pm – Afternoon Sessions
Participants will choose from the following:

Don’t be Afraid to Hit The Drum, No Matter Where It’s From – Rubén P. Alvarez

Sing the praises of the orishas of Africa, move your body to the mambo, and let your soul soar with the samba. Celebrate a percussive fiesta that promises to entertain as well as educate students and teachers alike about the African roots and basic performance techniques of Afro-Latin rhythms from Brazil and Cuba that are the heartbeat of Latin jazz.

Presenter, Ruben P. Alvarez, is a Chicago-based Latin percussionist, drum set artist, author, composer, and educator. His performance credits include movie soundtracks, radio and television jingles, and performances and recordings with Grammy nominees Guitarra Azul, Chuchito Valdes, Ramsey Lewis, and Sones de Mexico, Chicago’s premier Latin jazz ensemble Chevere, and the rumba flamenco ensemble Guitarra Azul. He presents clinics and master classes internationally, teaches at Columbia College Chicago, Northwestern and Roosevelt Universities.

Teaching Jazz in Elementary Schools – Diane Ellis

Receive first-hand information about how to start an elementary school jazz band program at your school. The session will outline the steps it takes to ensure success.

Presenter Diane ‘Lil Sax” Ellis is a master musician and solo artist on the alto saxophone. She has been tutored in jazz by great master musicians such as Sonny Stitt, Hank Crawford, Jimmy Ellis, David “Fat Head” Newman, Houston Person, and many more. Diane has performed on the road with organists Jimmy McGriff and Charles Earland. She performed as a soloist at the world jazz festival in Ochos Rio, Jamaica and for two years the October Fest in Ingolstadt, Germany. On the encore trip to Germany, Diane was the opening act for the late great Ray Charles. Besides heading her own group, Diane Ellis currently performs with the Tony Smith Show, Morris Ellis Jazz Orchestra, and the Walter Cartwright Big Band. She also freelances with small combo groups around the Chicago area. Diane gives back to her community by teaching music appreciation and band to over 850 children during the course of a week at the Arthur Dixon Elementary School.

Jazz Arranging: Write Great Charts That Your Kids Can Play … Well! – Kevin Korschgen

This session will provide a practicum for writing playable charts for all skill levels and instrumentations.

Presenter Kevin Korschgen returned to Chicago following a three-year sojourn to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he was the Artistic Director of the Sante Fe Youth Symphony Association and Director of Bands at Santa Fe High School. Prior to that Mr. Korschgen worked in Chicago as a musician and educator for 25 years. He developed Chicago Public Schools’ Lake View High School band program, the centerpiece of which is a dynamic “Latin” Jazz Band. Mr. Korschgen, a subtle and fiery drummer, has performed with many of Chicago’s premier jazz musicians, and has toured with nationally recognized trumpeter, Marcus Belgrave. He has performed with the Elgin (IL) Symphony Orchestra and has directed productions of the musicals Godspell, Peter Pan, Little Mary Sunshine, and Oklahoma. Currently, he is band director at Harlan High School and assistant director of the Chicago Public Schools’ All-City Jazz Band.

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. – Break

2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Set up for Performance/Jam Session

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. – Performance and/or Jam Session
Chicago Public Schools Teachers’ Jazz Ensemble: Noteworthy Jazz Ensemble

Quite possibly the only band of its kind in the country, Noteworthy is an ensemble of Chicago Public School music teachers, many of whom are also the jazz band directors at their schools. The idea to form a band grew out of the Jazz Institute of Chicago’s Jazz Links Teachers Advisory Council. From the members’ desire to create an opportunity to “practice what they teach,” the band grew quickly from an octet to a burgeoning big band. The ensemble members see the establishment of Noteworthy as a model for music teachers across the country, especially as a tool to increase and build awareness and advocacy for arts education.

In order to plan for stage space and accommodation of rhythm players, jam session participants are asked to register their instrument.

Great News: Jazz Consortium Lands $60,000 Grant !!

7 Aug

The Greater Madison Jazz Consortium (GMJC) has landed a new $60,000 grant from the John and Carolyn Peterson Charitable Foundation, the most generous philanthropic supporter of jazz in our community.  The second of two one-year grants from the Peterson Foundation, this new grant begins in October and will enable the Consortium to launch a set of initiatives aimed at creating a more supportive climate for local jazz musicians, enhancing K-12 jazz education, and expanding the local jazz audience.  These initiatives emerged from the Consortium’s Spring 2013 strategic planning process, a process informed by input from nearly 300 local jazz fans, musicians, and educators. 

Along with the findings from the Spring 2013 surveys that led to these initiatives’ inclusion in the Consortium’s second year action agenda, here is a rundown of the Peterson-funded initiatives that will occupy much of the Consortium’s energies during its second year of existence.

Creating a More Supportive Climate for Jazz Musicians

Key Survey Findings.  82% of musicians found it “somewhat” or “very” difficult to find paying gigs locally, while 87% rated performance fees as “fair” or “poor,” and 71% rated venues’ promotion of their performances as “fair” or “poor.”  Only 4% of musicians gave the overall array of local jazz venues an “excellent” rating, while the most common type of jazz venue (restaurants) was by far the least favorite of musicians and second least favorite of fans.  On a related note, “attentiveness” was by far our musicians’ most highly-desired audience characteristic, while only 23% are “highly satisfied” with the attentiveness of their current audiences. 

New Initiative: Musician-Led Program Development.  The Peterson grant will support hiring of a part-time Program Coordinator, most likely a local jazz musician, to guide the planning and implementation of feasible new programs that, taken together, will make a discernable impact on the climate for working jazz musicians.  GMJC will recruit an advisory team of local jazz musicians to review the ideas suggested in the Spring 2013 strategic planning surveys and interviews, brainstorm other ideas, and select the most promising ones for implementation in the coming year.  The Coordinator will work with this musician team and other key stakeholders (e.g., venue owners) to determine the specifics, and will deploy grant funds as needed to support program start-up.

New Initiative: Catalyzing Establishment of New Jazz Venues.  GMJC has identified potentially viable options for new live jazz venues that better serve the interests of musicians and fans.  These include house concerts, the Bartell Theater, and the new special event space in the Downtown branch of the Madison Public Library.  The Peterson grant will support hiring of a part-time Program Coordinator who works with GMJC’s newly-recruited musician advisory team and these venues to assess feasibility, e.g., considerations such as booking services, funding sources for program development and implementation, legal and insurance issues, cultivation/recruitment of new house concert presenters, provision of consulting support for them, etc.  The new grant will also provide seed funding for further development of the most promising new venue(s). 

Enhancing K-12 Jazz Education

Key Survey Findings.  Only 13% of music educators rated their school’s jazz program “excellent,” with even fewer rating as “excellent” the integration of jazz into the curriculum and co-curricular and extra-curricular offerings (4% and 9%, respectively), and a majority (52%) rating as “fair” or “poor” the support received from jazz musicians.  Many survey respondents named “bringing in professional musicians as clinicians and resident artists” and “taking students to live jazz performances” as among their greatest challenges, and many expressed interest in establishing or expanding partnerships with the jazz community along these lines.

New Initiative: Guest Artist Program.  GMJC will work with the Madison school district’s Fine Arts Division and new advisory teams of teachers and musicians to design and pilot a program that brings professional musicians into area schools to help music teachers enrich the quality of jazz education.  This program may include artist residencies, teacher mentoring, performances with student ensembles, etc.  The Peterson grant will support hiring of a part-time Program Coordinator who will be responsible for program development and implementation, including examining successful guest artist program models like those of the Jazz Institute of Chicago.  The new grant will also provide funds for pilot program costs such as musician fees and instructional materials.

New Initiative: Professional Development for K-12 Music Educators.  Peterson grant funding will support a Professional Development Day program for K-12 music teachers, delivered in partnership with the Jazz Institute of Chicago (JIC) and hosted by the Madison school district’s Fine Arts Division with assistance from the UW School of Music and the Wisconsin Music Educators Association.  Aimed at increasing the presence of jazz in general music classes and improving the quality of jazz instruction across the entire school music program, this program is expected to include a powerful keynote speaker, workshops led by Chicago Public School (CPS) music teachers who are leaders in the JIC’s Jazz Links program, www.jazzinchicago.org/educates, a review of the current array of outstanding JIC-CPS professional development programs, and a culminating jam session in which Madison area teachers perform with members of the CPS teachers’ jazz ensemble.  Participants will also have a chance to compete for Peterson-funded mini-grants to support infusion into their teaching practice of ideas gleaned from the Professional Development Day program.

Continuing Initiatives: Madison High School Jazz Festival and Madison Jazz Jam.  The new Peterson grant will provide partial support for the third annual Madison High School Jazz Festival while challenging its sponsors to develop new or expanded sources of sustaining funds.  Festival participants will include student ensembles from Madison’s large high schools and one or more guest bands from adjoining districts.  It will continue being a non-competitive educational program with a mix of music instruction by outstanding professional clinicians and sectional coaches and culminating performances by the student bands. 

The new grant will also provide support for Madison Jazz Jam to continue increasing attendance and participation of young emerging jazz musicians at their twice-monthly sessions, where amateur musicians develop their craft by performing with local professionals and receiving instructional feedback from an outstanding local jazz educator.  As with the High School Festival, the new grant will challenge the Jazz Jam to continue developing new or expanded sources of sustaining funds.

Expanding the Jazz Audience

Key Survey Findings.  Promoted via standard jazz community channels, fan respondents to GMJC’s strategic planning survey were 92% white and 88% over age 50.  Very few jazz musicians reported being “highly satisfied” with the youthfulness and racial/ethnic diversity of their audiences (11% and 13%, respectively).  Only 35% of fans said it was “very easy” to get information about upcoming jazz events, and only 15% were “highly satisfied” with the chances to attend performances by prominent touring jazz musicians.

New Initiative: Partnering with Indigenous Nonprofits to Engage Youth and People of Color.  Local nonprofits that serve young people and our communities of color – the Boys & Girls Club, East Madison and Goodman Community Centers, Centro Hispano, etc. – already offer programs in the performing arts and other areas of cultural enrichment, and several have already demonstrated an interest in collaborating with the jazz community on activities such as outreach programs featuring nationally-recognized jazz artists of color.  The new Peterson grant will enable GMJC to hire a part-time Program Coordinator to direct development and implementation of a pilot program that integrates jazz into the menu of cultural programs offered by one or more of these kinds of nonprofits.  The new grant will also provide seed funding for program start-up.

New Initiative: Common Jazz Information Source for Fans.  The Consortium will work with Greater Madison’s major jazz calendar providers – esp. Madison Jazz Blog (http://madisonjazz.wordpress.com/), WORT-FM, and Isthmus – and its own partner organizations to determine the feasibility of a single information source that enables fans to get accurate and timely information about upcoming jazz community events, and a system for making this information easily accessible.   This could take the form of a common database of jazz event information that feeds a jazz calendar which appears on the GMJC member organizations’ websites as well as affiliated sites such as the Madison Jazz Blog and Isthmus’ Daily Page, and that can be accessed via Smartphone applications.  The new Peterson grant will support technical consulting services to advise on design and implementation, as well as a part-time “Beat Reporter” who proactively gathers up-to-date information about upcoming jazz events.

Continuing Initiative: Challenge Grants to Raise the Bar for Jazz Presenters.  Over the past year, Peterson Foundation challenge grants have enabled GMJC’s partner jazz presenters to add a fourth day to the annual Capital City Jazz Fest, add a third day and an educational workshop to the mid-winter edition of the Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest, and book world-class vocalist Carmen Lundy for a 4-day Madison residency as the 2013 Isthmus Jazz Festival headline performer.  The new grant will help sustain this momentum through an infusion of additional funds that enable each GMJC partner presenter to keep expanding their booking of nationally-recognized talent while challenging each to find new donors and sponsors and generate more support from the ones they already have.

Consortium Development: The Next Phase

In the coming year, GMJC will be recruiting new board members from the jazz musician and jazz educator communities, to help strengthen the voices of these stakeholder groups as we shape our second year initiatives and chart the Consortium’s longer-term future course.  The coming year will also see the Consortium prepare its first fund development plan and begin the process of creating a diverse and sustainable base of support that will lead to greater independence from the unpredictable world of grant funding.

Contact Us

For more information about these GMJC initiatives, to offer your ideas and volunteer energies, or to subscribe to the Consortium’s monthly e-newsletter that includes a calendar of upcoming special jazz events as well as news of other noteworthy doings in the local jazz community, send email to greatermadisonjazzconsortium@tds.net.

272 Jazz Community Members Took the Survey!

28 May

What a terrific response! We are most grateful to all the Madison area fans (146 of you), musicians (79) and educators (47) who took the Jazz Community Survey over the past two weeks. The survey is now closed, and reports on the findings are being prepared for the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium Steering Committee’s upcoming strategic planning retreat. If you’d like to keep abreast of the Consortium’s jazz scene development work and haven’t done so already, click on the “Follow” button at the lower right corner of your screen, and sign up to receive our e-newsletter by sending us a message to that effect at greatermadisonjazzconsortium@tds.net.

Yours in the music,

The Greater Madison Jazz Consortium Steering Committee

Steve Braunginn, WORT-FM (“Strictly Jazz Sounds”)
Laurie Fellenz, Madison Metropolitan School District Fine Arts Division
Ben Ferris, Wisconsin Union Theater
Bill Goodrich, Madison Jazz Jam
Howard Landsman, Madison Music Collective
Rand Moore, Madison Jazz Society
Gary Poulson, Midwest Gypsy Swing Festival
Cathy Sullivan, Project Coordinator
Johannes Wallmann, UW School of Music