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JEN ‘JAZZ2U’ Program Receives $25,000 Grant From The Herb Alpert Foundation

Jazzed Magazine • News • December 12, 2018

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The Jazz Education Network (JEN) JAZZ2U initiative has been chosen by The Herb Alpert Foundation as the recipient of a $25,000 grant. JAZZ2U grants are provided on a first-come, first-served basis exclusively to schools and communities throughout the U.S.

Eligible JEN Chapters & Societies may apply beginning January 2019, and JENeral Individual members may apply starting February 2019. The $300 or $500 grants are meant to assist in funding jazz education-related events at schools and other institutions.

“We are so honored and appreciative to receive this generous grant from our partners at The Herb Alpert Foundation,” says JEN co-founder and JAZZ2U Outreach Coordinator Mary Jo Papich. “The funding brings a real, live jazz experience to new and existing audiences via speakers, clinicians, and performers.”

JAZZ2U advances the presentation of jazz to diverse audiences, promotes the coaching of musicians in the elements of playing jazz, and increases paid opportunities for professional jazz musicians.

“We proudly support JEN’s JAZZ2U program as it grows and introduces more individuals and organizations to jazz, who otherwise may not be able to afford to do so,” says Rona Sebastian, President of the Herb Alpert Foundation. “A noteworthy component of the program is that JEN members of all ages and walks of life are eligible to apply for the JAZZ2U grants.”

Applicants first conceive of an event featuring a speaker, performer, or jazz expert to present about jazz, and then complete the simple online application form. Both the applicant and the artist must be current JEN members at the time of application and on the date of the event, and grants are limited to venues within the United States.

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 education partnerships.

Since its inception in 2010, JAZZ2U has distributed more than $90,000 in grants, reaching more than 50,000 people worldwide.

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