Booking with SDAC Grant


  1. BOOKING:  A Sponsor must be a South Dakota registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, public school/institution of higher learning, or unit of government.
  2. CONTRACT:  An email address is required and The JIM SZANA TRIO will send you the SDAC Touring Arts Program contract.  The Sponsor must fully complete and sign the contract, include their EIN/TIN and return it to the Jim Szana Trio.  We must submit the signed contract to the SDArts Council at least 30 days BEFORE the event.
  3. PAYMENT: The Sponsor is required to pay the Jim Szana Trio directly at least 50% of our fee and applicable taxes on the date of the event.  The SDAC will pay the Jim Szana Trio their share after the event.
  4. EVALUATION:  The SDAC will send the Sponsor a Touring Arts Program Evaluation Form to be completed and returned to the Arts Council Office within 30 days of the event.  Information provided by the Sponsor on the Evaluation Form assists the SDAC in continuing to provide funding for this program.  Failure to return the completed evaluation form may result in ineligibility to receive future Touring Arts funding. Subsequent grants are dependent upon receipt of completed evaluation reports.

Acknowledgement of SDAC Support

All sub grantee published material and announcements, including printed programs, posters, newsletters and press releases, carry this special acknowledgement statement: South Dakota Arts Council support is provided with funds from the State of South Dakota, through the Department of Tourism and State Development, and the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition, it is requested that you include a display advertisement in your printed programs and/or organizational newsletters. A camera- ready slick of this ad is available from the artist, on our MEDIA page, or at the SDAC website ( under the title “Funding Credit/Logo. Whenever possible, please give credit orally and introduce any visiting arts council member or staff person. Please provide samples of printed materials, including tickets, to the SDAC office for evaluation purposes.

“Music helps not the toothache.”

George Herbert.

“A legend is an old man with a cane known for what he used to do.”

Miles Davis.

“The basic difference between classical music and jazz is that in the form the music is always graver than its performance—whereas the way jazz is performed is always more important than what is being played.”

Andre Previn.

“The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes—ah, that is where the art resides!”

Artur Schnabel.

“A musician may suddenly reach a point at which pleasure in the technique of the art entirely falls away, and in some moment of inspiration, he becomes the instrument through which music is played.”

Edwin Diller Starbuck.

“Music is too idealistic a thing to permit itself to be bound to concrete references. You cannot have a white horse in music.”

Paul Rosenfield.

“There’s only one way to sum up music: either it’s good or it’s bad. If it’s good you don’t mess about with it; you just enjoy it.”

Louis Armstrong.

“Forget the notes so that you can play them.”

Jan Sardi.

When asked to define jazz, Louis “Satchmo Armstrong replied, “Man, if you gotta ask, you’ll never know.”

Louis Armstrong

“Canned music is like audible wallpaper.”

Alistair Cooke.

“Don’t play what’s there, play what’s not there.”

Miles Davis.

“Disharmony is simply a harmony to which many are unaccustomed.”

John Cage.

“Discord occasions a momentary distress to the ear, which remains unsatisfied, and even uneasy, until it hears something better.”

Charles Burney.

“Let us not forget that the greatest composers were also the greatest thieves. They stole from everyone and everywhere.”

Pablo Casals.

“Jazz is about the only form of art existing today in which there is freedom of the individual without the loss of group contact.”

Dave Brubeck.

“What we play is life.”

Louis Armstrong.

“Music is your own experience, your thought, your wisdom. If you don’t live it, it won’t come out of your horn.”

Charlie Parker.

“Too many pieces of music finish too long after the end.”

Igor Stravinsky.

“Jazz is about the only form of MUSIC in which the same note can be played night after night but differently each time.”

Ornette Coleman.