Blues and Jazz Dance Book Club Community Learning Scholarship

The Blues and Jazz Dance Book Club is committed to supporting blues and jazz music and dance education around the world. The organization offers opportunities to engage with other enthusiasts around the world through quarterly guided readings, new articles and scholarship, online live lectures, and social media discussions. This scholarship was developed to further aid blues and jazz communities interested in learning more about blues and jazz legacies from scholars and musicians.

Scholarship Amount

Reward Restrictions
One time, non-renewable scholarship

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a formally recognized local, regional, or national organization with a blues or jazz focus.
  • Organization must state if they have other forms of financial aid (e.g. grants, scholarships) to fund events. Note that this will not affect your chances of receiving the award. Rather, the award is given on the basis of strength of application materials.
  • Event must feature the history and culture of blues and/or jazz in more than simply secondary or add-on role.

Required Application Documents
All documents should be in pdf or doc format and emailed to

1.  A description of the event, including the short-term and long-term goals the organization hopes to achieve through the event. This document should not exceed 500 words.

2. A bio, not to exceed 250 words, of the scholar or musician the organization intends to hire.

3. A proposed plan and schedule detailing how the scholar or musician will be utilized at the event. The plan should include information about how hiring the scholar or musician will contribute to the organization’s long-term goals for blues and/or jazz education.

4. A list of event information/statistics to gauge outreach:

a. What have the event’s attendance numbers been for the last three years? If a first-year event, what is the expected attendance?

b. What is the cost of a pass to your event? If multiple passes are offered, include only the prices for passes that would include access to lectures from the scholar or musician.

c. Could the event afford to bring out the scholar or musician without financial support?

Application Dates
Our scholarship will be open for applications starting on August 1, 2019. The deadline to submit an application is November 1, 2019. Final decisions will be announced either in December 2019 or the beginning of January 2020.