Right now there is a huge amount of organizing energy being harnessed to bring jazz to Madison. You can help! Listed below in order of timeliness are two paid positions with local jazz organizations and an important survey to complete.
JAZZ AT FIVE IS HIRING: 11/27 APPLICATION DEADLINE.
Jazz at Five is recruiting for their next Executive Administrator. This contracted position provides year-round support for the Jazz at Five board and summer-time support for the Jazz at Five Producer. Duties include communications, marketing, submitting grant applications, supporting the Board’s annual sponsorship drive, and other aspects of staging this annual 5-week outdoor concert series. Work hours are 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM, Mondays and Thursdays, and compensation is $150/week. To apply, email your resume with references to firstname.lastname@example.org by 11/27/13.
IMPORTANT SURVEY ON ARTS EDUCATION ACCESS AND EQUITY: 12/4 SURVEY DEADLINE
As reported earlier this Fall, Madison has become the 12th participating city in the Kennedy Center’s “Any Given Child” program. This program mobilizes communities to achieve a powerful goal: ensuring that every student, in grades K-8, throughout the Madison school district, receives a high-quality arts education during the school day, in all art forms, every year. This effort addresses both instruction by school staff as well as the involvement of local artists and arts organizations. See the feature story in this week’s Isthmus. The local Any Given Child leadership team (which includes a rep from the Jazz Consortium) is now conducting a series of surveys to identify where the gaps are, as a first step in developing a community-wide plan to achieve the ambitious “access and equity” goal. The team is asking all artists (including jazz musicians) and arts organizations (including jazz-related organizations) to complete this online survey. The team wants to hear from you, whether you currently provide arts education in Madison’s public schools or don’t but would like to do so in the future.
JAZZ CONSORTIUM IS HIRING AGAIN
While applications are being reviewed for two positions announced last month, the Consortium will begin hiring for another part-time position early next week. This next position is the “Program Coordinator for Venue Development,” a position that will provide leadership for expanding the array of good-paying performance opportunities for jazz musicians in our community. The job description and application instructions will be posted within the coming week on the Consortium website at www.greatermadisonjazzconsortium.org.
Want to help strengthen the local jazz scene? Do you have some spare time and talent to devote to the cause? If so, please consider applying for one of the new part-time contracted Program Coordinator positions with the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium created through a grant from the John and Carolyn Peterson Charitable Foundation.
These new Program Coordinators will be responsible for planning and implementing the Consortium’s next round of new scene-building initiatives that are aimed at strengthening our local jazz scene by:
• Creating a more supportive economic climate for our community’s jazz musicians,
• Expanding and diversifying the local jazz audience, and
• Cultivating the next generation of jazz musicians and appreciators.
Applications are now being accepted for two of these positions: “Program Coordinator for Musician-Led Project Development” and “Program Coordinator for Nonprofit Partnerships.” Please view the position descriptions and application instructions now posted at http://www.greatermadisonjazzconsortium.org. The deadline for applications is day’s end Friday, 11/8/13.
If you have questions or would like more information about these opportunities, please email email@example.com.
Abe Sorber wants everyone to know about a schedule change for his jazz radio shows:
I’m writing to announce that both shows “Out on a Limb” and “Jazz Abstracts,” will be moving to Thursday nights, starting tomorrow (9/12)!
- 7-8pm Jazz Abstracts (jazz on a theme, usually historically significant recordings I’m learning about)
- 8-9pm Out on a Limb (modern jazz from current artists, emphasizing new releases) WSUM 91.7 FM, www.wsum.org
The shows may be off air occasionally, particularly for major holidays and during UW-Madison breaks.
Mark Ramirez, the booker for Bourbon Street Grille, has an update on the future of jazz at that venue:
The good news: they would like to continue the live jazz music on Wednesdays through September. It’s fantastic having a venue that supports jazz in Madison. There aren’t that many places in town. Twice a week, this summer, we’ve had a dozen groups from duos to big bands play here either inside or on the rooftop. So it’s been a wonderful place to both listen and play music.
The bad news: they may cancel music starting October if the audience levels at the shows continue to drop off. This would not be a good thing for the jazz community – both musicians and listeners. I’ve had no problems finding talented musicians to play at the Bourbon Street Grille. The main issue has been community awareness of the venue and drawing in people to the shows.
It would be a shame to close shop on a good venue. So this is where you can help. Please stop by Bourbon Street Grille sometime this month and show your support for live music and the restaurant. Let other people know about the venue and how important it is to keep jazz alive in Madison.
I received an envelope from Overture today and inside were my free tickets to the Oct 3rd Tiempo Libre concert. Last week I received an email from Overture explaining how I could choose tickets from one of several shows because the Bebel Gilberto concert did not meet their standards. If you attended the show and Overture has your email then you should have received a notice. If not, check out this Cap Times article for info on ordering your tickets.
People are thanking me for Overture’s response but I had no expectations when I wrote the Bebel Gilberto concert review. It was such a bizarre concert I just felt a need to share my experience. Of course, I appreciate Overture is trying to keep us happy. Thanks, Overture.
The newly renovated downtown Madison Public Library plans to host periodic live music in its new 3rd floor special event room (Madison Room) and is looking for two jazz bands to perform during its grand re-opening on Sunday afternoon, 9/22/13.
Each band will perform a 45-60 minute set. While there will be plenty of people touring through and milling about, there will also be an area for people to sit and enjoy the music.
If you are interested in being considered for this gig, please contact Trent Miller at tmillerATsclsDOTlibDOTwiDOTus
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