Louis Armstrong Emergency Fund for Jazz Musicians

The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation | LAEF, has created The Louis Armstrong Emergency Fund for Jazz Musicians to provide much needed support to musicians in the New York Metropolitan Area. The fund has allocated one million dollars to award $1,000 one-time grants to assist individual freelance Jazz Musicians that live and/or work with regularity in the five boroughs of New York City.

Due to the mandatory closing of clubs, restaurants and performance venues throughout New York City, thousands of jazz musicians are without work with no tangible relief in sight.  The entire jazz ecosystem has been shut down, and the jazz community is devastated! To mitigate some of the loss, this fund will award an unprecedented $1,000,000 to assist qualifying musicians in need.

New York is the center of modern jazz with clubs and venues in all five boroughs, employing thousands of musicians annually.  Working with leading jazz nightclub owners, scholars, presenters and media activists in the metropolitan area, we have created a process that ensures the qualifications of each recipient.

This is a very large fund for an institution of our size, but we are doing what we know ‘Pops’ would do.  We welcome individuals, foundations and other organizations who are so inclined to join us in supporting this underserved community.

We want to have the greatest possible impact. Therefore, we need your support.  With your help we can reach many more needy jazz musicians in the New York area; and as the saying goes “more spokes on the wheel, makes the wheel stronger!”

“More spokes on the wheel, makes the wheel stronger!”

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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Special thanks to the Louis Armstrong House Museum for their invaluable help and resources.
Louis Armstrong House Museum     34-56 107 Street   Corona, Queens, NY 11368   718-478-8274   Fax: 718-478-8299   www.louisarmstronghouse.org