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Jazz Education Network Offers Grants with New JAZZ2U Program

Jazzed Magazine • News • April 18, 2013

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Thanks to a generous grant from the Herb Alpert Foundation, JEN has created a new program titled JAZZ2U, as part of its commitment to local jazz Outreach. With JEN’s JAZZ2U, JEN members can apply for a $300 grant to assist in funding a speaker, clinician, or performer at any event that will bring jazz to the new and existing audiences via schools, community centers, performances, or informances by quality performers and advanced educators.

“We are thrilled to provide the opportunity for communities to advance the presentation of jazz to young and diverse audiences,” said Mary Jo Papich, JEN Co-Founder and Past President, and head of the JEN Outreach team. “This will make it easier to bring jazz to events, as well as help increase paid opportunities for professionals in the jazz industry.”

JEN members can participate by creating an event in which they will invite a speaker, performer, or jazz expert to present about the art of jazz. They can then apply for a JAZZ2U grant by filling out an easy online application for the selection committee to review. Recipients who are approved for funding will be notified within one week.

The grant is open to all JEN members with all levels of experience in presenting in-school or community programs, whether a director, educator, or artist. To help members get the most from the grant, 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.

“There are limited funds and grants are provided on a first-come-first-served basis. We encourage people to use this grant in the month of April, to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month or International Jazz Day (April 30),” said Papich. “We truly value the open communication with the JEN community and would love to hear from members about how this helped them.”

To read more about the grant and apply, visit

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