The Jazzanooga Youth Music Academy (YMA) is a year-round music education program for students ages 12-17.
The goal of the youth music academy is to strengthen music education with out-of-school time opportunities for music instruction and performance.
YMA provides a cultural backdrop for our students to actively engage in extensive music theory/instruction of Jazz and Blues, its history and relevance to our city and our American culture.
Youth Music Academy meets weekly beginning
in the fall of each year.
Besides the benefit of weekly instruction from music instructors from a variety of backgrounds, students have the opportunity to meet and work with live musicians and performers
who work in our local music scene.
Urban Arts Collective (UAC) is a comprehensive mobile after-school performing arts initiative that educates low-income and/or underserved Hamilton County students at all grade levels within the City of Chattanooga Youth and Family Development Centers.
After school sessions taught in the UAC cover a wide range of performance concentrations including spoken word poetry, dance, music, and drama.
The concept of UAC is derived from ongoing dialogues that Jazzanooga has hosted for the past couple of years with several local teaching artists/performers and nonprofit organizations within our community.
With their support, we have secured a well-established and professional creative team that serves as UAC’s Artists-In-Residence co- leading
the series of instructional classes and workshops
in partnership with local residents.
A ten week program focused on giving creatives of color a foundation in what it means to thrive as an independent contractor/creative entrepreneur.
The course covers legal structures, fundraising, grant writing, networking, and many other skills.
It also comes with the opportunity to earn up to $2,000, at completion of the course, to do an community arts project.