The Jazz Education Network is dedicated to building the jazz arts community by advancing education, promoting performance, and developing new audiences.


Bring speakers, clinicians, and performers to your classroom or event with JEN's JAZZ2U grant program.

The JAZZ2U Grant Applications are closed for 2017.
Watch for updates for 2018!

Thanks to the Herb Alpert Foundation for the donation that made it possible and to everyone who participated last year. We encourage applicants to use the JAZZ2U program to celebrate JazzApril: Jazz Appreciation Month and International Jazz Day, celebrations of jazz music throughout April.

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Read more about JEN's JAZZ2U grant and apply

The JAZZ2U grants are funded by a generous donation from the Herb Alpert Foundation.

Information about the JAZZ2U Grant:

Thanks to a generous grant from the Herb Alpert Foundation, we present JEN’s JAZZ2U, a new initiative that is part of our commitment to local jazz Outreach. Grants are limited to venues within the United States at this time. With JEN’s JAZZ2U, Current Eligible JEN members* can apply for a $300 or $500 grant as detailed below, to assist in funding a speaker, clinician, or performer at any event that will bring jazz to the new and existing audiences via schools, community centers, performances, or informances by quality performers and advanced educators.

$300 –  WORKSHOP/CLINICIAN/MASTERCLASS. JEN will underwrite artist fees in this amount for the purpose of providing a musician(s)  to conduct a workshop/masterclass/clinic with students or community members. As an example, activities in this category include, but are not limited to, instrument-specific master classes, rhythm section workshops, an improvisation workshop at a university, high school jazz band clinics, etc...  The artist/artist(s) in question, and the requesting individual must be JEN members.  Monies must be used for artist fees only, and are not to be used for expenses relating to travel, housing, or per diem.


$500 – IN-SCHOOL OR COMMUNITY PERFORMANCE. JEN will underwrite artist fees in this amount for the purpose of providing an ensemble (trio or more) to present an in-school or community jazz performance/informance. For this category, audience size should be a minimum of 100. As JEN places a great deal of importance on education, these performances should include some educational aspect (e.g. history and background of the repertoire, explaining the inter-workings of a jazz ensemble, etc.).  At least one artist in the ensemble and the requesting individual must be JEN members. Monies must be used for artist fees only, and are not to be used for expenses relating to travel, housing, or per diem.


This program is intended to advance the presentation of jazz to young and diverse audiences, to promote the coaching of young musicians in the elements of playing jazz, and to increase paid opportunities for professional jazz musicians.

Funding is for qualifying eligible JEN members* with all levels of experience in presenting in-school programs, whether a director, educator, or artist. Both the applicant and the artist (leader if it is an ensemble) must be CURRENT eligible JEN members* at the time of application and the date of the event.

The JEN Outreach team is available upon request for assistance in designing content, working with artists in engaging local school audiences, and providing strategies for forming educational partnerships.

*Note: Membership levels eligible to apply include: Full, Corporate, Insitution, and School Festival Partner memberships.Click here to become a member.

Here is how you can apply:

1. Grants are limited to venues within the United States at this time.Create an event in which you will invite a speaker, performer, or jazz expert to present about the art of jazz.

2. Apply for a JAZZ2U grant by filling out an easy online application. You will be contacted upon review of your grant application. (Applications closed for 2017. Check back in 2018!)

3. JEN, in collaboration with the Thelonius Monk Institute and the Jazz Journalists Association encourages participation in International Jazz Day on April 30th. Organize an International Jazz Day event in your community. From concerts to classes, no event is too big or too small. Register your event on to become an official participant and share your event with people around the world."

4. Advertise your event. Please be sure to credit the Jazz Education Network and Herb Alpert Foundation on all marketing materials related to your event. Logos can be provided by request.

5. Share your success with us on our Facebook or Twitter pages. 

6. Accepted applicants must complete an online evaluation tool when their JAZZ2U Project is finished, as explained in the acceptance letter. The check will be mailed upon completion of the survey.

7. Grants are limited and provided on a first-come-first-served basis.


"This was a really special evening where students could learn from an up-and-coming professional jazz player who isn't too much older than they are. It was great to see everyone open up musically and ask great questions about music, careers, and everything else! I think the Jazz2U program is really wonderful and it allowed us to pay all of the performers in this masterclass as well as offer it to students for free. Keep it up!" – Aaron Hedenstrom, University of North Texas

"It was very educational. The students were engaged and learning. I love how they incorporated Jazz music to relevant subjects taught at the school." – Teacher from Martin Luther King Elementary School, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

"Bringing a program like this to the inner city communities is very important and in this case the audience asked many questions and were very willing to participate with the instructors. The venues administration asked if we could make this an annual event and were very surprised at the attendance!" –  Clayton E. Corley from Mercy Hospital of Philadelphia

"The school staff and students were very receptive and welcoming. Many teachers asked us to come again in the future, and several students asked for autographs and said, 'See you next time!' It was a very successful event." –  Kim Aubuchon Quintet at River Bend Elementary School in Missouri

“The JAZZ2U grant is incredibly useful to the public and serves the jazz arts community in a major way. In this scenario, it gave students and community musicians the opportunity to interact closely with a New York-based artist who is becoming notable across the jazz scene worldwide. These kinds of experiences are priceless for students, and they routinely have an impact that goes well beyond the classroom and extends out into each musicians’ performances in their own communities. Students follow up these experiences by bringing a deeper level of artistry and connection with the audience to each performance they do, ultimately serving their local arts community in fresh and exciting new ways.”
–John Raymond, Trumpeter/Clinician

“With the support of the JAZZ2U grant, we featured a presentation about growing up in the legendary Indiana Avenue jazz community in Indianapolis. The thriving Indiana Avenue scene of the 50s and 60s produced jazz greats Wes Montgomery, Slide Hampton, Freddie Hubbard, J.J. Johnson, David Baker, Larry Ridley, and many more. The grant and jazz day celebration was a great way to celebrate the city’s legacy and pass it on to the next generations.”
–Dr. Monika Herzig, Instructor/Pianist

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