Wynton Marsalis Bio

Wynton Marsalis is a world-renowned trumpeter, bandleader and composer, and a leading advocate of American culture. He presently serves as Managing and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center and Director of Jazz Studies at The Juilliard School. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1961, Marsalis began his classical training on trumpet at age 12, entered The Juilliard School at age 17, and soon thereafter joined Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers.

He made his recording debut in 1982 and has since recorded more than 80 jazz and classical recordings, which have won nine GRAMMY® awards and sold over 7 million copies worldwide. In 1983, he became the first and only artist to win both classical and jazz GRAMMYs® in the same year, repeating the distinction the following year. Today, Wynton is the only artist ever to win Grammy Awards® in five consecutive years (1983-1987). In 1997, Wynton became the first jazz artist to be awarded the prestigious Pulitzer Prize in Music for his oratorio Blood on the Fields.

Marsalis has received honorary doctorates from over 25 of America’s top academic institutions including Columbia, Harvard, Howard, Princeton and Yale. Wynton assembled his own band in 1981 and hit the road, performing over 120 concerts every year for 15 consecutive years. With the power of his superior musicianship, the infectious sound of his swinging bands and a far-reaching series of performances and music workshops, Marsalis rekindled widespread interest in jazz throughout the world and inspired a renaissance that attracted a new generation of fine young talent to jazz.

Marsalis is a prolific and inventive composer. He is the world’s first jazz artist to perform and compose across the full jazz spectrum from its New Orleans roots to bebop to modern jazz. By creating and performing an expansive range of brilliant new music from quartets to big bands, chamber music ensembles to symphony orchestras (including a violin concerto and four symphonies), tap dance to ballet, Wynton has expanded the vocabulary for jazz and classical music and has created a vital body of work that places him among the world’s finest musicians and composers.

His creativity has been celebrated at home and abroad. In 2001, he was appointed Messenger of Peace by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan. In 2005 Wynton received The National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists by the United States government, and in September 2016, he was awarded The National Medal of Humanities. Britain’s senior conservatoire, the Royal Academy of Music, granted Marsalis Honorary Membership, the Academy’s highest decoration for a non-British citizen. In the fall of 2009, he received France’s highest distinction, the Chevalier of the Legion of Honor.

Marsalis’ vision and passionate leadership was essential to the effort to construct Jazz at Lincoln Center’s home – Frederick P. Rose Hall—the first education, performance, and broadcast facility devoted to jazz, which opened its doors in October 2004. Wynton Marsalis’ core beliefs and foundation for living are based on the principals of jazz. He promotes individual creativity (improvisation), collective cooperation (swing), gratitude and good manners (sophistication), and faces adversity with persistent optimism (the blues). With his evolved humanity and through his selfless work, Marsalis has elevated the quality of human engagement for individuals, social networks and cultural institutions throughout the world. When you hear Marsalis play, you’re hearing life being played out through music.

Wynton Marsalis

President, Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Inc.

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

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