- To encourage emerging jazz talent and foster an understanding of the origins and evolution of the music through such activities as workshops and master classes given by professionals in their fields.
- To provide limited financial aid to jazz musicians on an emergency basis as a result of illness, accident, or loss of employment.
- To support selected live and recorded jazz performances in Canada.
|KPMT Inside Track host Jim Galloway with Roberta Gamberini and with William Carn|
2012 - The KPMT Grants Programme celebrated its 13th year at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival
In June we were pleased to renew our partnership with the TD Toronto Jazz Festival and to present a series of sessions in which artists performing at the festival chat with a host about their music making. Ringing a change for 2012, the KPMT’s newly-styled “Inside Track” interviews took place daily at 12:30 p.m. on the outdoor stage at Nathan Phillips Square, where hosting duties were shared for a second year in sucession by our own KPMT Trustee and former founding Artistic Director of the Festival, Jim Galloway and the Festival’s resident Artistic Director, Josh Grossman. As in past years, these sessions continue to be free and open to the public and provide a great opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the artists appearing on official festival stages. The guest line-up featured nine distinguished musicians who shared some of their career experiences and in a few instances delighted the audience by demonstrating their expertise: from the U.S., tenor saxophonist Houston Person, vocalists Roberta Gamberini and Gretchen Parlato, guitarist Bill Frisell, keyboard master John Medeski – and from Canada, pianists David Braid and Gord Sheard, trombonist William Carn and drummer Norman Marshall Villeneuve.
During the same period the KPMT also supported two jazz tuition projects held at the Rex Jazz & Blues Bar: Big Band Slam featuring Al Kay and Youth Jazz Showcase.