Founded in 2005, Fifth Stream Music is a San Francisco-based nonprofit arts organization that represents the artistic and educational work of Anthony Brown, Ph.D. and the Asian American Orchestra, with the mission to advance the art form of jazz through innovative intercultural music and transformative educational experiences that reflect and promote an appreciation for, and understanding of American cultural diversity.
More specifically, Fifth Stream Music strives to:
Create and promote a new intercultural musical idiom that combines jazz traditions with the sensibilities and instruments of classical, world, and popular music.
Increase public understanding of jazz as an outstanding artistic model of individual expression and democratic cooperation within the creative process.
Provide transformative educational experiences for young people to express and value their individual voices by using the creative process of jazz to promote student self-expression, increased literacy, and appreciation of jazz, poetry and storytelling.