City Grants Keep the Music Alive for Jazz Festival in Kangaroo Point

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Photo credit: Brisbane Vocal Jazz Festival/Facebook

Brisbane is set to sizzle with artistic energy, thanks to the city’s Creative Sparks Grants program. Among the 19 local artistic groups and individuals selected to receive funding is the Brisbane Vocal Jazz Festival, auspiced by the Brisbane Jazz Club in Kangaroo Point.


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This annual festival, now in its 9th year, has become a beloved August tradition in Brisbane. For four to five days (9-13 August 2024), top national and international jazz vocalists take the stage alongside local talent at the Brisbane Jazz Club, showcasing unique voices and techniques.

Standing out as the sole event of its kind in Australia, the Brisbane Vocal Jazz Festival champions vocal artistry and variety within the jazz genre. 

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Photo credit: Brisbane Vocal Jazz Festival/Facebook

The festival aims to cultivate an inclusive environment that empowers jazz singers of all backgrounds to push their talents to new heights. While nurturing up-and-coming vocal talents, the festival also showcases world-renowned national and international performers for its ever-expanding, devoted audience base.

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Whether you’re a die-hard fan of a cappella music, an aspiring jazz singer keen to learn from the masters, or simply someone who enjoys the powerful folds and acrobatics of the human voice, the Brisbane Vocal Jazz Festival is not to be missed. What began as a humble “Jazz Singers’ Jazz Night” years ago has blossomed into a major event under the artistic direction of Ingrid James.

The $10,000 Creative Sparks grant will support the 2024 edition of the festival, helping it reach broader audiences whilst celebrating Brisbane’s vibrant jazz community and musical diversity.

Creative Sparks Grants program

From theatrical productions and dance theatre to circus performances and live music events, the Creative Sparks Grants program, an initiative of Brisbane City Council and Arts Queensland, is investing in 19 creative projects across the city’s suburbs. 

This funding aims to bolster Brisbane’s creative industries, test new ideas, and enable artistic enterprises to grow and prosper.


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As the Brisbane Vocal Jazz Festival and other grant recipients take centre stage, Brisbane’s creative spark is sure to ignite the entire community’s imagination.

Published 25-April-2024