jazz2u grants

Thanks to a generous grant from the Herb Alpert Foundation, we present JEN’s JAZZ2U–our commitment to local jazz Outreach.

Current Eligible JEN members can apply for a $300 or $500 grant to assist in funding a speaker, clinician, or performer at any event that will bring jazz to new or existing audiences via schools, community centers, performances or informances by quality performers and advanced educators.

Grants are limited to venues within the United States at this time.

Fund your next event

JAZZ2U grants help organizations and individuals pay performers and clinicians to help bring more jazz to local communities. Please note that the applicant and clinician or performer must both be JEN members to apply.

$300 Workshop - Clinician - Masterclass

JEN will underwrite artist fees for $300 for the purpose of providing a musician(s) to conduct a workshop/masterclass/clinic with students or community members.

As an example, activities in this category include, but are not limited to:

  • instrument-specific master classes
  • rhythm section workshops
  • an improvisation workshop at a university
  • high school jazz band clinics
  • etc.  

The artist/artist(s) in question, and the requesting individual must be JEN members.*  

Monies must be used for artist fees only, and are not to be used for expenses relating to travel, housing, or per diem.

*Note: Membership levels eligible to apply include: Full, Corporate, Institution, and School Festival Partner memberships. Click here to become a member.

$500 In-School or Community Performance

JEN will underwrite artist fees for $500 for the purpose of providing an ensemble (trio or more) to present an in-school or community jazz performance/informance.

For this category, audience size should be a minimum of 100.

As JEN places a great deal of importance on education, these performances should include some educational aspect (e.g. history and background of the repertoire, explaining the inter-workings of a jazz ensemble, etc.).  

At least one artist in the ensemble and the requesting individual must be JEN members.* 

Monies must be used for artist fees only, and are not to be used for expenses relating to travel, housing, or per diem.

*Note: Membership levels eligible to apply include: Full, Corporate, Institution, and School Festival Partner memberships. Click here to become a member.

How to Apply

1. Create an event in which you will invite a speaker, performer, or jazz expert to present about the art of jazz.

JEN, in collaboration with the Thelonius Monk Institute and the Jazz Journalists Association encourages participation in International Jazz Day on April 30th. Organize an International Jazz Day event in your community. From concerts to classes, no event is too big or too small. Register your event on JazzDay.com to become an official participant and share your event with people around the world.

2. Apply for a JAZZ2U grant by filling out an easy online application. You will be contacted upon review of your grant application.

3. Advertise your event. Please be sure to credit the Jazz Education Network and Herb Alpert Foundation on all marketing materials related to your event. Logos can be provided by request.

4. Share your success with us on our Facebook or Twitter pages.

5. Complete and online evaluation tool. Accepted applicants must complete an online evaluation tool when their JAZZ2U Project is finished. (Also explained in the acceptance letter.)

6. The check will be mailed upon completion of the survey.

Grants are limited and provided on a first-come-first-served basis.

Additional Information

  • Grants are limited to venues within the United States at this time.
  • This program is intended to advance the presentation of jazz to young and diverse audiences, to promote the coaching of young musicians in the elements of playing jazz, and to increase paid opportunities for professional jazz musicians.
  • Funding is for qualifying eligible JEN members with all levels of experience in presenting in-school programs, whether a director, educator, or artist.
  • Both the applicant and the artist (leader if it is an ensemble) must be CURRENT eligible JEN members at the time of application and the date of the event.
  • The JEN Outreach team is available upon request for assistance in designing content, working with artists in engaging local school audiences, and providing strategies for forming educational partnerships.

"The JAZZ2U grant serves the jazz arts community in a major way. It gave students and community musicians the opportunity to interact closely with a New York-based artist, notable across the jazz scene worldwide. These kinds of experiences are priceless for students."

—John Raymond, Trumpeter/Clinician

"Bringing a program like this to the inner city communities is very important and in this case the audience asked many questions and were very willing to participate with the instructors."

—Clayton E. Corley from Mercy Hospital of Philadelphia