jazz2u grants

Thanks to a generous grant from the Herb Alpert Foundation, we present JEN’s Jazz2U–our commitment to local jazz Outreach.

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.

Applicants and artists must be full JEN Individual members.

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

*Eligible to apply for JAZZ2U Grants: 

JENeral Individual Membership ($8 monthly or $96 annually)

JEN Collegiate Chapter Organizer ($96 annually)

JEN Society Chapter Organizer ($96 annually)

Want to upgrade? Email membership@jazzednet.org to request a membership upgrade.

Herb Alpert Foundation

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.

2019 JAZZ2U Grant Applications are available as follows:

January 1 –  JEN Collegiate and Society Chapters 

February 1 – JENeral Individual Members

Reminder: Remember that your guest solo artist  or leader of the group must be a current JENeral Individual Member ($96 annual or $8 monthly).

2019 JAZZ2U Grant Recipients


Adam Larson 

Adam Schroeder

Adele Dinerstein

Alan Chan

Bill Tiberio

Bryan Itzkowitz

Chris Bruya

Dave McWhorter

David Detweiler

Derick Cordoba

Diane Orlofsky

Dr. Justin Binek

Edward Orgill

Elliott Scozzaro

Gary Phillips

Georgiana Friedman

Harry Schnipper

Howard Bankhead

Jack Nossavage

Jacob Jay

Jim Repa

Jim Widner

John Ehlis

Jonathan Black

Justin Pierce

Karim Yengsep

Keith McCutchen

Kevin Hicks

Lisa Kelly

Dr. Lou Fischer

Louise Rogers

Molly Sender

Nicole Yarling

Phillip Ravita

Rachel Bade-McMurphy

Phillip Ravita

Randy Madsen

Ray Smith

Shannon Gunn

Sparky Koerner

Steve Fidyk

Steve Haines

Todd Kelly



2019 JAZZ2U Guest Artists

Sherrie Maricle
Todd Wright
Matt Falker
Amanda Taylor
Sammy K.
Dave Camwell
David Detweiller
Bob Mintzer
Russell Ferrante
Will Kennedy
Dane Alderson
Mikel Soria Jazz Band
Brian Toel
Greg Christiansen
Patricia Vergara
Montage Latin Fusion Jazz Band Jorge Espinoza
Michael Vasquez
U.S.A.F. Commanders Jazz Ensemble
Nick Giardelli
The Bison Jazz Orchestra
Steve Wiest, trombone
The OBU Bison Jazz Orchestra
The OBU Bison Jazz Combo
John Ehlis
Tony White
Ray McNamara
Louise Rogers
Mark Kross
John Loehrke
Rick Strong
Alex Strong
Max Pollak
George Michael
Tobias Gebb
Stephane Spira
Adam Horowitz
Glenn White
Flip Peter
Matt Falker
J. Lee Jazz Quartet
Adam Larson
Bill Tiberio
The Jazz Collective
Dave McWhorter
Larry Nelson
Mark Gardner
Tim Fowler
Tom Covello
Frank Oddis
Michael Cruse
Greg Jasperse
Alex Acuna
Jim Repa
Doug Johnson
Keala Kaumeheiwa
Steve Langone
Monika Herzig
Nadje Noordhuis
Lakecia Benjamin
Jenny Kellogg
Johnaye Kendrick
Mimi Fox
Marina Christopher
Karina Colis
Wayne Roberts
Robert Ferrier
Peter Coutsouridis
Peter Grimaldi
R.J. Avalone
William Fanning
Will Choe
Tim Atherton
Dave Sporney
Carolyn Durfraine
Bill Carr
Edward Orgill
Edward Mari
Carl Clement
Felepe Salis
Ryan Emken
Samirah Evans
Kevin Burns
Darmon Maeder
Tim Coffman
Amanda Ekery
Grace Ward
Stephanie Munoz
Cassie Cardenas
Amy K. Bormet, Piano
Karine Chapdelaine, Bass
Tina Raymond, Drums
Charmaine Michelle, Trumpet
Shannon Gunn, Trombone
Sparky Koerner
Lisa Kelly
JB Scott
Don Zentz
Jeff Phillips
Dennis Marks
Jeremy Smith
Night Star Jazz Orchestra
Nicole Yarling
Jim Gasior
Marty Quinn
John Yarling
JECC Bootcamp Ensemble
New World School of the Arts Ensemble
Calvin Gay Ensemble
Miguel Russell group
Dr. Justin Binek
Dr. Derek Cordoba
Diva Jazz Orchestra

$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.

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.

International Jazz Day - April 30th

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.

"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

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