The CORE Cooperative

The CORE Cooperative fosters a resilient and mutually supportive community through an entrepreneurship and wellness program that serves diverse cohorts of jazz musicians and professionals in Philadelphia. CORE is based on an understanding of the iterative nature of long careers. Successful artists and other professionals must remain true to themselves at challenging invention and reinvention points; center health and wellness to be able to support themselves and others; and recognize the community benefit of strengthening bonds among a core group of creators. The inaugural cohort launched in spring 2022 and their names are listed below.

Applications are currently closed. We will post when we open up for the next co-hort.

About the program

Part of Jazz Philadelphia’s mission is to support the development of the city’s jazz scene—the CORE Cooperative is a pilot program developed to do exactly that.

The CORE Cooperative will foster a resilient and mutually supportive community through an entrepreneurship and wellness program that serves diverse cohorts of jazz musicians and professionals in Philadelphia. 

We’ll put together cohorts of approximately 10 – 15 musicians, advocates, educators, and other professionals who support jazz. 

The program design was achieved in conjunction with local jazz musicians, seasoned curriculum developers, and Jazz Philadelphia staff to help the cohort:

  • Achieve an entrepreneurial mindset
  • Support them in developing personal success plans for business and health
  • Give them tools, resources, and access to networks to help them achieve their plan
  • Assist them in developing materials such as bios and other marketing materials
  • Learn through hands-on activities and group discussion
  • Develop group cohesion and understand across disciplines to foster future collaborations
  • Develop a powerful alumni network to support future CORE Cooperative participants. 

Participants who successfully complete the program will receive a stipend of $500, and will walk away with a new headshot, bios, and other marketing materials, as well as a listing on Jazz Philadelphia’s website. You’ll also have access to ongoing support from Jazz Philadelphia when you are ready to apply for residencies, touring grants, and other career opportunities. 

Who is eligible

Philadelphia region jazz professionals, broadly defined, who are over the age of 18, including musicians, presenters, educators, and entrepreneurs.

What to expect from the application

Be prepared to:

  • Give basic details about yourself and your career
  • Provide links to your website, social media, or any other available online presence 
  • Articulate why participating in the program will help you achieve your career goals 


At Jazz Philadelphia we value all employees, applicants, and students as unique individuals, and we welcome the variety of experiences they bring to our organization. As such, we have a strict non-discrimination policy. We believe everyone should be treated equally regardless of race, sex, gender identification, sexual orientation, national origin, native language, religion, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Jazz is a uniquely American art form, as fearlessly innovative as the nation itself, and Philadelphia has been fertile soil for jazz for over 100 years. Discover our past and present on our jazz timeline!

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