On June 19, 2020, in recognition of the Juneteenth holiday in the United States commemorating the end of slavery, Qwest TV announced that it will make its entire catalogue of educational videos available for free to schools and universities worldwide beginning in September 2020.
The collection, dubbed the Qwest TV Educational Platform, includes over 1,000 concert and documentary films featuring iconic figures from jazz and beyond such as Herbie Hancock, Louis Armstrong, Gregory Porter, Ella Fitzgerald, Christian Scott, Richard Bona, Antonio Sánchez, Theo Croker, Chick Corea, Bobby McFerrin and more. The videos provide an extraordinary opportunity for students of all ages and backgrounds to gain an understanding of the historical origins and cultural significance of jazz and related art forms, and familiarize themselves with important innovators in contemporary music.
Founded by longtime Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz Advisory Board member Quincy Jones, Qwest TV is the world’s first subscription video-on-demand source for jazz and related musical content. The service features a curated selection of ad-free concerts, interviews, documentaries and exclusive, original content, all in HD or 4K.
Qwest TV will provide 12 months of free, unlimited access to its Educational Platform to institutions that submit an application via its website. We encourage our partner schools and universities throughout the International Jazz Day community to take advantage of this special offer. For more information, visit https://qwest.tv/edu/.