Board of Directors

OFFICERS

WYNTON MARSALIS, President
World-renown trumpeter, bandleader and composer, NEA Jazz Master
Managing and Artistic Director, Jazz at Lincoln Center
Director, Jazz Studies, The Juilliard School
BIOGRAPHY

ROBIN BELL-STEVENS, Vice President
Director, Jazzmobile, Inc.
Executive Producer

DAVID CHEVAN, Secretary
Professor of Music, Southern Connecticut State University
Co-Founder, Afro-Semitic Experience

HOWARD SCHAIN, Treasurer
CPA, Schain Leifer Guralnick CPAs

MEMBERS

KENNETH R. ALLEYNE, MD, FAAOS
Orthopedic Surgeon, Healthcare Investor, Social Entrepreneur

LISA COHEN
Vice-President, Associated Booking Corp

SUSAN DEVENS
Co-Producer, George Devens Productions

JACKIE HARRIS
Executive Director LAEF, founder & producer
Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp

MICHAEL MOSSMAN
Director of Jazz Studies at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College/CUNY

ROBERT G. O’MEALLY
Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English and Comparative Literature;
Founder, Center for Jazz Studies at Columbia University

JONATHAN RASKIN, MD FCCP FACVPR 
Clinical Assistant Professor, Icahn School of Medicine Mount Sinai, New York

JEFFREY ROSENSTOCK
AVP, Governmental Relations & External Affairs – Office of the President, Queens College, CUNY

GEORGE WEIN
Chairman, Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc., NEA Jazz Master

The sound of that horn was a pure spiritual essence, the sound of America and of Freedom.

~ Wynton Marsalis

Grantee: Jazz at Lincoln Center (JALC)

Louis Armstrong publicity photo, mid-1960s

Louis Armstrong publicity photo from 1935

Publicity photo of Louis in Chicago, 1931

HONORARY MEMBERS

REGINA BAIN *
Executive Director of the Louis Armstrong House Museum

EMERITUS

DAVID GOLD* Founder, President Emeritus
Executor of Armstrong Estate

STANLEY CROUCH*, President Emeritus
Author, Journalist, Critic, Playwright
BIOGRAPHY

PHOEBE JACOBS* Founder, Executive Vice President
Publicist, Marketing Specialist

OSCAR COHEN* Founder, Sole & Exclusive Agent of LAEF
President, Associated Booking Corp

EVELYN CUNNINGHAM* Founder
Journalist, Civil Rights Activist, Special Assistant to
Governor Nelson D. Rockefeller*

PHILIP LESHIN* Marketing Director, Media Advisor

DAN MORGENSTERN
Author, Historian, NEA Jazz Master

MICHAEL COGSWELL *
Former Executive Director of the Louis Armstrong House Museum

* Deceased

QUALIFICATIONS

The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Inc. was founded in 1969 as a section 501(c)(3) foundation, following a directive and initial donation by Louis Armstrong. Funding for The Foundation comes from the use and exploitation of Armstrong’s intellectual properties. To qualify an organization must be involved in programs that meet the goals of The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Inc.: perpetuating the legacies of Louis and Lucille Armstrong through (Jazz) music education programs such as performance training, master classes, workshops and lectures. The Foundation also provides scholarships to educational institutions through special programs.

The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Inc. will, on occasion, consider use of a Fiscal agent.

LETTER OF INTENT (LOI)

The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Inc. was created by Louis Armstrong to support music education. Special consideration is given to Jazz music education programs that showcase Louis Armstrong’s music, life and legacy. Priority is given to funding for specific projects and programs incorporating well defined objectives, timetables and broad public benefits. New Grant Applications (NGA) are usually given for a period of time not exceeding one year. An applicant may apply any number of consecutive years if invited. Long-term projects will usually require evaluation for further funding. Capital projects are rarely considered.

The Foundation requires completion of the Letter of Intent (LOI) form stating the intent of your request to submit a full proposal.

Submissions:
Following the submission of the Letter of Intent (LOI), you will receive an auto reply. We will contact you if you are selected to submit a full grant application. If you do not receive an auto reply notice your application has not been registered or received.

NEW GRANT APPLICATION (NGA)

The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Inc. was created by Louis Armstrong to support music education. Special consideration is given to Jazz music education programs that showcase Louis Armstrong’s music, life and legacy. Priority is given to funding for specific projects and programs incorporating well defined objectives, timetables and broad public benefits. The NGA is usually given for a period of time not exceeding one year. An applicant may apply any number of consecutive years if invited. Long-term projects will usually require evaluation for further funding. Capital projects are rarely considered.

Unfortunately, due the COVID-19 pandemic The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation is unable to invite any new applicants for the 2021 grant season. In the event that anything changes and you wish to be notified, please send your organization’s contact information to administrator@louisarmstrongfoundation.org 

GRANT RENEWAL APPLICATION (GRA)

Grant Renewal Applications must be submitted online. Once awarded a grant an organization may resubmit but renewal is not guaranteed. To be eligible for consideration of a grant renewal an organization must have been awarded the previous year.

Please note: Grant Renewal Applications with supporting materials and documents are only accepted online. Additional Information may be requested during the review process.

Submissions:
Following the submission of the Grant Renewal Application, you will receive an auto reply. We will contact you regarding our decision. If you do not receive an auto reply notice your application has not been registered or received.


Any questions regarding the Grant Process should be emailed to administrator@louisarmstrongfoundation.org

Address

MAILING ADDRESS:
The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 287464
New York, NY 10128

LOCATION:
10 East 40th Street - Suite 2710
New York, NY  10016

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The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Inc. owns the intellectual rights and trademarks to license the use of Louis Armstrong™, Satchmo™ and Wonderful World™
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