Our Partners

Jazz After Hours partners with some very important organizations and institutions to nurture jazz and jazz musicians, to spread the word and the love of jazz, and to reinforce and leverage each partner's unique place in the jazz community in the interest of the music. These groups are particularly focused on the future of jazz and that makes them great partners for our program. We invite you to check them out and find out more about what they do.

The mission of Jazz at Lincoln Center is to entertain, enrich and expand a global community for jazz through performance, education, and advocacy. We believe jazz is a metaphor for Democracy. Because jazz is improvisational, it celebrates personal freedom and encourages individual expression. Because jazz is swinging, it dedicates that freedom to finding and maintaining common ground with others. Because jazz is rooted in the blues, it inspires us to face adversity with persistent optimism.

Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. It produces an annual concert season in Rose Theater and the Appel Room and nightly concerts at Dizzy’s, on the 5th floor of the Time Warner Center in Columbus Circle, NYC.

JALC education programs include the Essentially Ellington High School Band Competition and Festival, Webop, Jazz for Young People, Swing U, and the Jazz Academy video library. JALC’s advocacy initiatives include Blue Engine Records and Jazz Congress.


Women In Jazz Organization intends to help level the playing field in jazz, so that women and non-binary people have equal opportunity to participate in and contribute to Jazz, leading to an improved and more rich, diverse, and successful art form. WIJO is also committed to honoring Black Americans as the creators of jazz.

Women In Jazz Organization is a collective of over 400 professional performing jazz musicians who identify as women or gender non-binary. Though largely a New York City-based organization, WIJO has carefully built connections to other individuals and groups nationally and internationally.


Outside in Music is a record label and media company that exists to serve musicians. OiM facilitates artists’ projects in order to help them realize their work in front of the world. We are a community that strives to lift its artists above the noise of the 21st-century music industry and make music that expresses the sounds of today’s wide-ranging jazz and creative music scene.

We are focused on the development of a 360 approach to the artist’s career. It isn’t about the release of only the current album. It’s aiding in tour planning, promotional campaigns, ongoing buzz, and growing beyond the initial release. We’re a community of career builders. We focus on creating interesting work, often.


Anchored on its historic campus in Montpelier, Vermont College of Fine Arts is a global community of artists continuously redefining what it means to be an arts college. We measure our success by our ability to foster the excellence of emerging and established practitioners. We believe that the arts are central to the human experience and have the ability not only to reflect reality but also to create it.

As the only college devoted exclusively to graduate fine arts education, Vermont College of Fine Arts offers artists and writers a transformative and progressive educational experience through eight acclaimed MFA programs and a unique MA in Art & Design Education.

Students come to Vermont College of Fine Arts for our rigorous course of study, our emphasis on the creative process, and the opportunity to work closely with award-winning faculty who advance and inspire their work.

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Jazz Generation is a jazz education and performance initiative for children and adults. Their Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra (JSYO) and Jazz Discovery Program (JDP), create educational and performance opportunities for New York City youth as well as employing veteran jazz musicians to instruct and guide young musicians. Their adult program, KEYED UP! (KU!) has changed the face of the music scene and the lives of thousands of musicians. Through this initiative, they’ve augmented the pay of jazz musicians for their musical performances at more than one hundred local establishments from Long Island to Jersey City.