A lifelong supporter and advocate of the arts, Seattle Central District native and Garfield High School alum, Jazmyn Scott is the Executive Director of ARTE NOIR, Seattle’s newest independent arts organization located in the historic Central District; that exists to uplift Black artists, and former Director of Programs & Partnerships for LANGSTON; a hub for Black arts and culture. She is also the founder of The Town Entertainment, a company that presented, produced & promoted live music and unique events in Seattle, as well as the marketing & development of up and coming artists; primarily in the R&B/Soul and Hip-Hop genres; from 2009-2018.
In 2012, Jazmyn co-founded 50 Next: Seattle Hip-Hop Worldwide, a digital “time capsule” highlighting Seattle and Northwest Hip-Hop, and later partnered with the Black Heritage Society of WA to plan the Black History Month Celebration at the Museum of History & Industry in 2014. The success of that event led to the opportunity to curate a community exhibit on Seattle Hip-Hop. The Legacy of Seattle Hip-Hop exhibit had a highly successful 8-month run at MOHAI and won the 2016 American Association for State & Local History (AASLH) Leadership in History award. Recently, Jazmyn curated and co-produced 2(06) The Break, a seven episode virtual series that took a uniquely local spin on the recently popularized DJ live streaming sessions. Presented in partnership with LANGSTON and Wa Na Wari, the series paired PNW hip-hop DJ’s to collaboratively program and record a set composed exclusively of songs by local hip-hop artists. The DJ sets were presented in a live
stream program each week, hosted by two local hip-hop luminaries bringing their unique insight to the tracks and the local culture and music scene of the era represented in the episode.
Jazmyn can often be found hosting, emceeing and moderating arts and culture related events and programs, notably, interviewing Gabrielle Union during her Seattle stop on her Real Life Book Club Tour in 2017. She currently serves as board vice president for both Earshot Jazz and The Residency, as well as several community arts advisory boards.