Jazz Association (Singapore), also known as JASS, was founded in September 2016 to promote the excellence, participation, and engagement of jazz in Singapore. In March 2017, we were accorded charity status in Singapore. Subsequently, JASS was approved as an Institution of a Public Character (IPC) from 23 November 2018 to 22 May 2024. On 1 April 2021, JASS became a recipient of the Major Company Scheme awarded by the National Arts Council (NAC) and is therefore now an NAC Major Company in Singapore.
JASS is the inspiration and passion of musician and music educator Jeremy Monteiro, Singapore's "King of Swing," and was co-founded by Jeremy and fellow jazz lovers and advocates Albert Chiu, Edmund Lam and Susan Leong.
As Singapore's first charity dedicated to developing jazz education, excellence and outreach in Singapore, and promoting Singapore jazz globally, we aim to expand the jazz arts community, advance education through scholarships, bring jazz to the wider communities and cultivate new audiences in Singapore through outreach activities in Singapore and globally. In July 2020, we added a new pillar to our work - that of supporting eligible local jazz musicians impacted by crisis with short-term financial aid.