FAQs

Who will benefit from the MAP Foundation?

Musicians at Play believes that live music plays an important role in impacts communities and plays a vital role in offering a higher quality of life to its neighborhoods. A vibrant music scene serves as the life force for novice and proficient musicians, and provides much needed exposure to potential musicians. Unique performance opportunities positively impact and encourage emerging artists and develop a community base of new music appreciators and patrons.

What does it mean to have a non-profit status?

The Musicians at Play Foundation brings live music to the community and community to live music. These performances create awareness of the shared musical and cultural heritage of Los Angeles. MAP inspires communities and helps build a new generation of musicians and music lovers through educational outreach. Musicians at Play is a 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation, which presents, preserves, documents and showcases the performing arts and music of Los Angeles. Many of the composers and professional musicians who have helped to popularize this music perform MAP concerts and lead educational programs. EIN # 47-3332460.

How can I become a volunteer at concerts and events?

For information on how you can volunteer your services for an event or for the foundation, please contact MAP’s volunteer department at: volunteers@musiciansatplay.org

How do I sign up for email bulletins about upcoming concerts and events?

Fill out the contact page on this website and you will be added to the official MAP newsletter list.

Where can I purchase a MAP t-shirt?

Signature t-shirts are sold online and at all the events.

Where are the events located?

Concerts are held in a wide variety and size of settings, from private houses and small nightclubs, dedicated concert halls, entertainment centers and parks to large multipurpose buildings throughout Los Angeles and California.

What kind of Music does MAP present?

Music presented by MAP includes big bands, jazz, chamber music and live music-to-film events.

What is Live Music?

A concert is a live performance of music in front of an audience. The performance may be by a single musician, often referred to as a recital, or by a musical ensemble, such as an orchestra, a choir, or a musical band.

What is a Big Band?

A big band is a type of musical ensemble that originated in the United States and is associated with jazz and the Swing Era typically consisting of percussion, brass, and woodwind instruments totaling approximately 12 to 25 musicians. A standard big band consists of saxophones, trumpets, trombones and a four-piece rhythm section (composed of drums, acoustic bass or electric bass, piano and guitar). Some big bands use additional instruments.

What is Chamber Music?

Chamber music is a form of classical music that is composed for a small group of instruments—traditionally a group that could fit in a palace chamber or any small chamber. Most broadly, it includes any art music that is performed by a small number of performers, with one performer to a part.

What is Jazz?

Jazz has proved to be very difficult to define, since it encompasses such a wide range of music spanning a period of over 100 years, from ragtime to the present day. Attempts have been made to define jazz from the perspective of other musical traditions, such as European music history or African music. But critic Joachim-Ernst Berendt argues that its terms of reference and its definition should be broader, defining jazz as a “form of art music which originated in the United States through the confrontation of the Negro with European music” and arguing that it differs from European music in that jazz has a “special relationship to time defined as ‘swing'”, involves “a spontaneity and vitality of musical production in which improvisation plays a role” and contains a “sonority and manner of phrasing which mirror the individuality of the performing jazz musician”.

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