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A New Initiative to Support Toronto's Vibrant Jazz Scene

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Toronto – This fall, Toronto Downtown Jazz (TDJ) is expanding its commitment to year-round jazz and offering support to local area musicians for their special projects. Through a juried process, successful applicants will obtain marketing and public relations support from TDJ, accessing a wealth of resources and contacts typically reserved for Festival related concerts only. From the Festival’s monthly electronic newsletter, to our website to a dedicated media release and more, TDJ Special Projects will help get the word out.

“With the creation of TDJ Special Projects, we're hoping to help stimulate the local jazz scene by encouraging the creation of new and interesting projects”, states Josh Grossman, Artistic Director of Toronto Downtown Jazz. “It is time to raise the profile of Toronto's jazz scene and show the world we are proud of the amazing talent we have in this city; TDJ Special Projects is one step in that process.”

To be eligible for TDJ Special Projects:
• Applicants must be recognized by their peers as an active member of the local jazz community and must be presenting their special projects in the city of Toronto.
• Projects must fall outside the usual scope of the applicant’s work (i.e. not just another gig)
• The Special Project must fall into one of the sub-genres of jazz including but not limited to - big band, free/improvised music, fusion, post-bop/contemporary, swing traditional, world/ethnic.
• The project must be a one-time or short engagement including but not limited to – concerts, CD releases, collaborations with international artists, symposia / workshops, premieres of new works

Application deadline is November 30, 2010. Four projects will be chosen, one to be presented in each of February, March, April and May 2011.

For full details of TDJ Special Projects, including an application, please click here.

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