JAZZ.FM91 receives major gift for the Mary and Alistair Stewart Fund for Artistic Advancement in Jazz

JAZZ.FM91 is grateful and inspired to receive a generous gift from Ian Stewart in honour of his parents, Mary Stewart and Alistair Stewart.

Both arts educators, Alistair and Mary met at Ryerson University, where Alistair graduated with a degree in radio and Mary received her degree in costume design. Alistair’s history with JAZZ.FM91 dates back to our days as CJRT-FM at Ryerson, and both parents introduced Ian to jazz while he was growing up.

With this gift, Ian is introducing the Mary and Alistair Stewart Fund for Artistic Advancement in Jazz.

“I’m an educator and I like to give back to education,” Ian Stewart said. “What better way to do that than with JAZZ.FM91 and all the programs that support local artists? … This extra cash infusion will hopefully help some of them bridge that gap and continue their education.”

This gift will have an enormous impact on JAZZ.FM91 for years to come. It will support our education and youth outreach programs, namely Jazzology and the JAZZ.FM91 Youth Big Band, which are offered at no charge to participants.

Furthermore, this gift will allow JAZZ.FM91 to further assist early-career artists in their development and provide our alumni with a platform and structure for their ingenuity and creativity.

Thank you, Ian Stewart, for your commitment to JAZZ.FM91, to our education programs, and to our jazz community.