The Armstrong Continuum

“Seems to me it ain’t the world that’s so bad but what we’re doing to it, and all I’m saying is: see what a wonderful world it would be if only we’d give it a chance. Love, baby – love. That’s the secret.”  ~ Louis Armstrong

The Continuum borrowed its eponym from novelist, Albert Murray, who’d written a piece titled, “The Armstrong Continuum.” It represents the continuity of the set of values that Armstrong stood for and broadens his lens beyond jazz. According to Bob O’Meally, “the project is funded by the LAEF, INC. that presents people talking about and playing jazz with Armstrong at its core.”

The symposium, is presented by Columbia University’s Center for Jazz Studies in conjunction with the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Inc. The Continuum honors Louis Armstrong as one of contemporary music’s founding fathers. During a two-day series of sessions and concerts, musicians, writers, scholars, elected officials, clergy, and educators explore the range of Armstrong’s influence in music, literature, visual arts and social justice. Who knew that Armstrong created collages? Who knew that his name and image come up over and over again in literature and in film? Hearing from a wide range of musicians and scholars, The Louis Armstrong™ Continuum examines Armstrong’s continuing impact on the broad cultural scene.

Armstrong Continuum

Panel: Louis Armstrong: Man of Words and Pictures

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The 2018 Panel discussions; “Louis Armstrong: Man of Words and Pictures,” “Louis Armstrong: The Musician and Singer” and “Jazz in the Political Moment” included Prof. Farah Jasmine Griffin, Columbia University, Stefon Harris, Jon Faddis, Charenee Wade, Michael Eric Dyson, Honorable Ras Baraka, Dr. M. William Howard and Marc H. Morial-President/CEO National Urban League. The Louis Armstrong Tribute concert put a spotlight on “Louis Armstrong Young Lions:” Calvin Johnson, Leon “Kid Chocolate” Brown, Joseph Dyson, Jeffrey Miller, Barry Stevenson and Isaiah Thompson followed by the “Louis Armstrong All-Stars:” Herlin Riley, Sullivan Fortner, Ronell Johnson, Kevin Louis, Roderick Paulin and Roland Guerin.

Looking forward to 2019 with the addition of a youth component. LEAF, Inc. will transport 300 students for a celebration of Louis Armstrong. The students will be treated to a live performance, a history lesson on Jazz and Louis Armstrong in tandem with jazz and rap artists.

Continuum Concert Photos

Artist Panel Photos

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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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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