The Ella Project has been hired by South Arts, a regional organization based in Atlanta that builds on the South’s unique heritage and enhance the public value of the arts, to facilitate six upcoming, invitation-only national focus group meetings to assess the current jazz touring environment, and how to build careers for lesser-known artists located throughout the country’s more rural and underserved areas. These sessions will be instrumental in designing the launch of Jazz Road, a forthcoming initiative funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with additional support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Jazz Road will be led by South Arts in partnership with the five other U.S. Regional Arts Organizations (Arts Midwest, Mid America Arts Alliance, Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts, and Western Arts Alliance/WESTAF). Follow us on Instagram as we document these conversations taking place across the U.S. in next two months.