Jazz Is: Now Curatorial Fellowship

November 14, 2023

When Jon Batiste first moved to New York City, he started presenting shows at the National Jazz Museum in Harlem under the banner of “Jazz Is: Now.”  He brought in special guests, worked out a band that would eventually become the Stay Human band (who later joined him on the Steven Colbert Show), and he built community around intimate, joyful, and celebratory musical experiences.

Those who attended one of Jon’s shows in the back room of that church on 126th and Madison Avenue remember most shows closed with a second line “Love Riot” that led everyone to the legendary Sylvia’s Restaurant in Harlem.  As Jon’s career continued to grow, and he became one of the Museum’s Artistic Directors, he wanted to make sure the opportunities he had with the Museum to curate and present music in the spirit of community and love, continued for other young artists. That is how the NJMH Jazz Is: Now Curatorial Fellowship was born.

What is the Jazz Is: Now Curatorial Fellowship?

Who Should Apply?

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If you would like to review the application before applying, you can download the application HERE.

Please complete the online form for your official application. If you have trouble uploading any documents to the application portal, please email the documents to info@jmih.org with your name in the subject line.

Major funding for this initiative is provided by The New York Community Trust Van Lier Fellowships

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