1964-2019 | 55 Years!
Jazzmobile, founded in 1964 was recently mentioned in an article appearing in The New York Times, acknowledging the accomplishments of its current director: “Robin Bell-Stevens has spent decades as one of jazz’s most important behind-the-scenes figures — particularly in Harlem, where she now directs the Jazzmobile education program” Giovanni Russonello
The vision of National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master, pianist Dr. Billy Taylor, arts administrator Daphne Arnstein, with NEA Jazz Master, saxophonist Jimmy Heath – has a mission to present, preserve, promote and propagate America’s classical music, Jazz. Since its founding, the organization has been critical to the development of Jazz and Jazz education programs in Harlem and other communities throughout New York City, and beyond, reaching over 4,000,000 people. Jazzmobile’s core programs – The Subject is Jazz: Saturday Jazz Workshop (SJW), Lecture Demonstrations, Panel Discussions and SUMMERFEST serve as a model for Jazz organizations and institutions across the country and around the globe. In addition to our pioneering Jazz education programs, our annual free summer mobile concert series SUMMERFEST has been entertaining diverse local and international audiences for 55 years. Jazzmobile continues to educate general audiences and students alike; we also advance the music and careers of the next generation of Jazz artists though our SJW, Master Classes and unique performance opportunities, bringing them to new and larger audiences.
Recognized the world over for our rich cultural heritage, pioneering Jazz performances and education programs Jazzmobile’s national programs brought the organization through the Northeast corridor and the Jazzmobile produced “Super Jazz Band” toured cities in the US, Europe and Japan. Jazzmobile has also commissioned new works by musical geniuses like trombonist, composer, educator and band leader, Wycliffe Gordon (pictured above) who has also led SJW Master Classes and headlines Jazzmobile concerts, most notably in Central Park Celebrating Louis Armstrong!
Stanley Crouch – LAEF President, author, journalist, critic, and playwright, once wrote:
“From early on until this very moment, New York has been central to the jazz story, and for (nearly fifty-five) years so has Jazzmobile. Jazzmobile was founded in 1964 and began the kind of celebration of jazz through performance and education that has been extended by institutions like Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Thelonious Monk Institute, as but two examples. Jazzmobile first hit upon the idea of presenting free concerts in Harlem by first class musicians and made education a fundamental part of its thrust, anticipating the future ways in which the information at the core of the music would have to be passed on. So any celebration of jazz is a celebration of New York, and any celebration of New York jazz is also a celebration of Jazzmobile.”
Our, predominantly free education and performance series are open to the public, offering much-needed quality cultural programs and services through the support of public and private supporters.
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Learn more about the organizations and programs supported by the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation:
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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