Our Work

For over sixty years, our festivals have shown that music has the ability to change lives. Our Foundation’s goal is to expand the impact of our festivals by supporting music education programs year-round, across the country.

We believe every person deserves access to music education, regardless of socioeconomic status. Numerous studies have shown that music education helps to develop communication skills, improve test scores and build confidence. By supporting music education initiatives across the country, we’re not only empowering students to reach their full potential but also preserving the genres of jazz and folk music.




We place new and gently used instruments in the hands of deserving students throughout the United States.



We work with artists and nonprofits to identify and fund afterschool music programs across the country.


We develop programs to engage and expose students to the traditions of folk and jazz music.


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