In addition to the 115 hours of live music on stages all over downtown Burlington, there are other opportunities to participate and engage during the festival and year round.

Discover Jazz Television Series

Vermont PBS and the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival have teamed up to present a new television series Discover Jazz on Vermont PBS. As a part of the 2015 and 2016 festivals, fifteen performances in FlynnSpace were recorded live and broadcast on Vermont PBS. Watch full episodes online.

FlynnSpace at the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts is an intimate venue that consistently features a mix of established and emerging artists representing a range of styles. Now music fans everywhere can access these world class performances.

The television series is funded in part by Peter Swift and Diana McCargo, Vermont Arts Council, Oakland Foundation, Surdna Foundation, and Friends of Discover Jazz on Vermont PBS.


Artist-in-Residence Program

The Artist-in-Residence Program invites celebrated jazz musicians to spend time in the community, participate in local music education, and further engage festival goers, local groups, and social service agencies. The program emphasizes the importance of a meaningful and multi-layered cultural exchange in expanding jazz audiences. The 2016 festival welcomed pianist Marcus Roberts for a week-long residency in this beautiful city.

Past artists-in-residence include Christian McBride, Ray Vega, and Big Chief Donald Harrison.

Paul Brana Memorial Fund

Paul Brana was a kindhearted, truly gifted musician with a love for music education and his fellow Vermont musicians. On behalf of his family and friends, an annual fund has been established to connect local musicians with school music programs throughout Vermont, instilling an appreciations of jazz in the next generation.

Contribute to this fund online or by phone at 802-863-7992.

For schools: Apply now for a workshop in Spring of 2017. Download application

The Ed Bemis Scholarship

The Burlington Discover Jazz Festival annually awards $2,000 to a high school senior who will be majoring or minoring in music in college. The scholarship celebrates the memory of Ed Bemis by helping students who, like Ed, exhibit a love, respect, and curiosity for jazz. The 2015 recipient, saxophonist Alec Zieff, will be attending University of North Texas in the Fall. For information on how to apply, visit

Critic-in-Residence Series

In a career that spans four decades, former Boston Globe columnist Bob Blumenthal has written hundreds of album notes, won two Grammy awards, contributed to such publications as Rolling Stone, DownBeat, The Village Voice, and JazzTimes, in addition to receiving the Jazz Journalism Lifetime Achievement Awards.

Meet the Artist Sessions

Live interviews with festival headliners remain a highlight for many fans. Thanks to VCAM, a selection of past interviews are available anytime at

School Performances

The annual rite of passage brings over 600 students musicians from all over the region to downtown Burlington to perform on the Church Street Marketplace. To apply, contact us at 802.863.7992 or The 2017 schedule of performances will be announced in May.