Application Deadline
March 31, 2017
11:59pm EST

Modeled after the Kennedy Center’s Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Residency Project, the “Boysie” Lowery Living Jazz Residency is a two-week performance and composition project aimed at educating and showcasing the next generation of jazz composers, who, with their talent and passion, are keeping jazz alive.

LUQ’s summer jazz composition receives program development guidance from John F. Kennedy Center’s prestigious international jazz residency – the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead project. Program sessions will be led by teaching and guest artists, selected from the rich pool of talented music professionals who reside, teach and /or work in the mid-Atlantic region.

The program is now accepting applications for the 2017 group of students. The process to apply is two-fold, where applications can fill out an online form, and submit required recordings of both original pieces and solo performance of a beloved jazz piece. In order to apply, you must do so on the Application Site.


Selected by a competitive application process, 12-14 residency participants are immersed in intense training in performing, composing/arranging and improvisation. In addition to intimate semi-public performances during the two weeks, the program’s graduates, joined by the residency’s teaching/artists, perform an open-to-the-public concert on the main stage at the Queen Theater featuring compositions created by the graduates during the 2-week residency.


There is no application fee or tuition. Students receive a per diem for meals and housing.


The immersive environment of this residency will encourage creative exploration and exchange between the participants 24 hours a day. Participants will be given the opportunity to develop personal strategies for pursuing career opportunities while being surrounded by a stylistically and culturally diverse community of mentors and peers.

WHEN: June 11-25, 2017

WHERE: The Queen Theater on Market St. in Wilmington, DE

APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 31, 2017 11:59 pm EST

APPLICANT PROFILE: Jazz musicians from age 17 through age 25 who compose and perform, and who reside/attend school anywhere in the U.S. or U.S. territories are eligible to apply.

Thank You for Donating Today

The Light Up The Queen Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit, is dedicated to the preservation of the Queen Theater in Wilmington, DE. Donations from Community Partners ensure that the Light Up The Queen Foundation can continue providing quality Music & Arts Education programming in the historic Queen Theater.