TDJ News Corps Application

Toronto Downtown Jazz (TDJ) is pleased to present the TDJ News Corps, an initiative geared towards post-secondary students who are interested in writing about jazz. Each year, successful applicants to the TDJ News Corps program are given full media accreditation for the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, granting them unprecedented access – attending and reviewing concerts for free, interviewing artists and experiencing the festival from behind the scenes. In addition, TDJ News Corps members are assigned a mentor – an experienced music journalist.

The mentors for the 2019 TDJ News Corps are:

  • Garvia Bailey, arts journalist, broadcaster and co-founder of jazzcast.ca, has worked for CBC Radio, JazzFM and currently contributes to Downbeat Magazine among others
  • Ben Rayner, longtime music critic for the Toronto Star and, at one time, the Ottawa Sun, who has also contributed to publications as varied as XLR8R, Fashion and Spin.com

Complete TDJ News Corps guidelines are available here. To apply to the TDJ News Corps:

  • Download the application form and submit it by mail, attaching additional pages as required, to 403 - 40 Holly Street, Toronto, ON, M4S 3C3, attention "TDJ News Corps" OR
  • Complete the online application below

The application deadline is May 10 at 5:00 pm – all applications must be received by the deadline.

TDJ News Corps Application
Identification
Post-secondary enrollment
The TDJ News Corps is open to any post-secondary student, enrolled part-time or full-time, at a Greater Toronto Area university or college. Please confirm your enrollment (a copy of your student card is required as part of the application).
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Expression of interest
In the space below, please describe why you are interested in joining the TDJ News Corps. The expression of interest should be a maximum of 500 words.
Support materials
Please upload the following support materials:
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Please upload up to 3 examples of your past writing about music in particular or about the arts in general. Only one sample is required; up to 3 are welcome. (Maximum three pages total; .doc or .pdf only; each file max 1 MB)
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Submission and selection

The application deadline is May 10 at 5:00 pm – all applications must be received by the deadline.

TDJ News Corps members will be selected based on the strength of their applications and, if necessary, an in-person meeting. Results will be announced no later than May 17.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact Artistic Director Josh Grossman at (416) 928-2033, ext. 27, or email [email protected]

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