EMIT series 2020-21

These are difficult times for musicians and presenters, and EMIT has had to postpone concerts until the pandemic leaves. EMIT has had its fair share of challenges over the decades and thrived anyway. Because EMIT never felt the need to be a brick and mortar nonprofit, we have remained solvent and feel confident that next season will be even better than the previous year. During this difficult time, we are funding musicians for a variety of activities including commissions, payment for performances in advance, educational videos and travel assistance for composers in residence.

For the past twenty-five years, over 500 events involving new music, jazz, world music, interactive electronics, improvisation and interdisciplinary art forms that incorporate sound have been featured in the EMIT series.  EMIT (a registered nonprofit arts organization) brings adventurous music and educational activities to the Tampa Bay area.  EMIT is presenter of the annual St. Petersburg Jazz Festival, Recording Arts Program with Boys & Girls Club students at the Royal Theater in Midtown and supporter of the 18-member Helios Jazz Orchestra.

EMIT is a recipient of programming awards from from Chamber Music America, ASCAP and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.  It has been supported by Chamber Music America, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, City of St. Petersburg, Pinellas Community Foundation, Gobioff Foundation, private donors and audience members.  EMIT pays more than half of income directly to area musicians because we support the great artists of Florida. What a concept!

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David Manson, Director

EMIT is proud to sponsor this two-part exploration of the iconic song "The Girl From Ipanema" with the great Brazilian pianist/drummer Harold Mauro, Jr. Haroldo Mauro is a Brazilian jazz pianist/drummer and Professor Emeritus of UNIRIO (The Federal University of the State of Rio de Janeiro). He has recorded with esteemed Brazilian artists including Joyce, Duduka Da Fonseca, Thiago de Mello, Edison Machado, Sergio Barrozo and others.

Watch his videos here: The Girl From Ipanema - A Brazilian Perspective, part A

The Girl From Ipanema - A Brazilian Perspective, part B







Thanks to all who contributed to the EMIT GoFundMe campaign to assist with travel expenses for local composer Elizabeth A. Baker to attend an arts residency in Switzerland!  We achieved our goal in 24 hours, thanks to your generosity.





































St. Petersburg Jazz Festival Feb. 26 - March 1



















SPC, EMIT & the St. Petersburg Jazz Festival are presenting this free concert of Latin Jazz in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. Bring your folding chair or blanket and enjoy this free outdoor Latin jazz concert!

Creative Pinellas Arts Annual


Ongoing Recording Arts Program (RAP) with Boys & Girls Club students at the Royal Theater

Through the support of the Pinellas Community Foundation, RAP is a educational collaboration with EMIT, the Boys & Girls Club and the MIRA program at St. Petersburg College.  Pro Tools is the industry standard for professional recording.

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