JAZZ NOTES: Jazz gallery, grants, album review

Ron Scott | 4/30/2020, midnight
As COVID-19 continues its horrific scourge across the world, musicians continue to come up with alternative concepts for performing live ...
BassistRussell Hall Contributed

As COVID-19 continues its horrific scourge across the world, musicians continue to come up with alternative concepts for performing live in the midst of jazz clubs, concert halls, and festivals still on lockdown.

The Jazz Gallery, known for presenting musicians who blaze trails for others to follow, offers their online live music performances “Happy Hour Hangs” on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 5 p.m. The interaction with the host, artists and other musician friends dropping by adds to the excitement.

On Saturdays catch the Lockdown Sessions at 5 p.m. Vocalist and songwriter Theo Bleckman did something different—he sang from his bathtub. Check website jazzgallery.org.

On Tuesdays at 9 p.m. the Jazz Gallery presents Zoom Dance Party. Visit the website jazzgallery.org for the upcoming live shows.

The following is a national list of COVID-19 resources for musicians (compiled by the Chamber Music America (CMA), Gargi Shinde, program director).

South Arts: The Jazz Road Quick Assist Fund is a new, temporary emergency relief fund for jazz artists around the country who have lost work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Limited number of $1,000 grants to artists whose tours and gigs in March, April, or May 2020 have been cancelled. Apply: https://jazzroad.southarts.org/quick-assist-fund/

Afro Latin Jazz Alliance: ALJA’s Emergency Artist Fund provides assistance to musicians and other performing artists facing the unexpected hardship of lost income from canceled shows and/or classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fund will prioritize artists in New York and New Jersey from the Afro Latin and Latin Jazz musical community. Individual grants are up to $200. Apply: ALJA’s Emergency Artist Fund

Creative Catalyst Fund: For Newark, N.J.-based individual artists or unincorporated artist collectives working in any artistic discipline. Awarded funds may be used to cover any expenses related to the artist’s practice, including but not limited to rent for studio/rehearsal space, supplies or equipment, or costs incurred as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. Grant range: $1,000 - $10,000. Deadline: May 1. Apply: https://cityofnewark-arts.submittable.com/submit?utm_source=Arts+Ed+Newark

Artist Relief: Artist Relief, launched with a generous $5 million seed gift from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, in collaboration with several foundations will offer $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19. Apply: https://artistrelief.submittable.com/submit

National Association for Latino Arts and Cultures: Latinx artists in the U.S. and Puerto Rico can apply for $500 micro-grants as short-term emergency financial assistance to compensate for loss of income due to the cancellation of an event, engagement, project or employment. Application in English/Spanish. Apply: https://nalac.org/actos-de-confianza-apply/

Newport Festivals Musicians Relief Fund: Focus and priority will be on artists who have played the Newport Jazz or Folk Festivals and those in the Rhode Island community through rapid micro grants of up to $300. Apply: https://form.jotform.com/NewportFestivals/nffmusicianrelief

Sweet Relief Musicians Fund: Funds go towards medical expenses, lodging, clothing, food and other vital living expenses to those impacted due to sickness or loss of work. Apply: https://www.sweetrelief.org/covid-19-fund.html

The Jazz Foundation: COVID-19 Musicians’ Emergency Fund to help musicians and their families with basic living expenses. Apply: https://jazzfoundation.org/covid19fund/

MusicCares COVID-19 Relief Fund: Music industry professionals may apply for basic living assistance (rent or mortgage). Initial grant requests can be made up to $1,000 to compensate for cancelled work that was scheduled and lost. Apply: https://www.grammy.com/musicares/get-help/covid-19-relief-fund-faq