JazzWorks Community Impact
Impact on jazz music in Ottawa
JazzWorks provides a special niche for adults and high school students in the Ottawa community to immerse themselves in a variety of jazz education initiatives and opportunities. JazzWorks’ focus on learning to play jazz in a small group setting encourages networking. Musicians are encouraged to form their own combos after the summer Jazz Workshop, and many then perform publicly in Ottawa clubs, restaurants, and other public venues. Many groups including JazzWorks participants have performed at the Ottawa International Jazz Festival. In one recent year, 13 different jazz festival groups included JazzWorks participants.
Since 2007, JazzWorks has nurtured and developed a growing community of Ottawa-based jazz composers through its annual Composers’ Symposium.
JazzWorks Scholarship Fund
The JazzWorks Scholarship Fund sponsors as many as three promising and highly-talented high school jazz musicians to attend the 3-Day summer Jazz Workshop. Scholarships are available for adult musicians as well. Recipients are chosen in collaboration with the regional and national music festivals every spring. Application is open to senior high school students of exceptional talent (Grades 10–12). Several scholarship recipients have gone on to develop professional careers in jazz and perform internationally.
JazzWorks is supported by volunteers and the business community through donations and in-kind services from businesses such as St. John's Music, Steve's Music, Metro Music, Long & McQuade Musical Instruments, Tetra Speakers and The Carleton Tavern. We also benefit from creative services provided by Cedar Lane Studio (website), Paul Gill (brochure design) and Paraphrase Communication (translation services).
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