Jazz Education Network Receives $25,000 Grant from Herb Alpert Foundation

The money will support the organization’s JAZZ2U initiative

Herb Alpert
Herb Alpert

The Jazz Education Network (JEN)’s JAZZ2U initiative has been picked by the Herb Alpert Foundation to receive a $25,000 grant, which will help the organization dole out grants of its own.

JEN—which seeks to build the jazz community through education, promotion, and audience development—will give out grants ranging from $300 to $500 on a first-come, first-served basis to schools and communities throughout the United States. Eligible JEN chapters and societies around the country may apply in January 2019, and individuals can start applying in February.

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

JAZZ2U exists to advance the presentation of jazz to diverse audiences, to promote jazz education, and to increase paid opportunities for 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,” Rona Sebastian, President of the Herb Alpert Foundation, says in the release. “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.”

For more information and to submit an application, go here.