Madison Jazz Society Announces 2014-15 Grant Program for Wisconsin School Jazz Education Programs
In October, the Madison Jazz Society will award grants, on a competitive basis, to school jazz centered programs. Grant proposals may include, but are not limited to, purchasing instruments and equipment, sheet music, play along CDs, books or videos and, to a lesser extent, clinics and hiring of guest artists. Final selection will be based partly on which proposal(s) provides the opportunity for the greatest number of students to learn about and/or participatein jazz related activities. Grant requests must be limited to $500 per project to help the Society assist as many schools and projects as possible. MJS members are available to serve as docents to participate in the conduct of approved projects. Schools can also join together to submit a joint application for funding.
The application deadline is October 10, 2014, and consists of a cover page that can be accompanied by a not more than two-page narrative telling of the school’s proposal. Grant applications are available at www.madisonjazz.com, by sending a message to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (608) 850-5400.
In 2013, just over $7,000 in grants was awarded. Grants went to Belleville High School to help purchase jazz charts for the school’s Jazz Ensemble; Beloit Memorial High School to help pay clinician fee for jazz clinic; Chippewa Falls Middle School to help purchase a synthesizer for the jazz ensemble; DeForest Area High School to purchase Jamey Abersold jazz charts; Edgewood High School, Madison to help purchase a bass pick-up; Goodman-Armstrong Creek School District to support the 7-12th underwrite costs of the “Jazz on the Rock” vocal jazz festival; Juda School District to help purchase jazz education curriculum; Ladysmith High School to purchase Jamey Abersold books for their newly-formed high school vocal jazz choir; Madison Country Day School, Waunakee to underwrite the MCDS Jazz Showcase in February; Madison Metropolitan School District to underwrite the 3rd School, Janesville to support the Craig Jazz Festival; Mazomanie: Wisconsin Heights Middle/ High School to purchase jazz books and jazz band arrangements; Menomonie High School to help purchase jazz charts; Monona Grove High School to help purchase a piano that will be used only by jazz students; Oregon Middle School to start a jazz repertoire library; Pulaski High School to help pay for a guest artist at the school’s jazz clinic; River Valley High School, Spring Greet to help pay for a vocal jazz master class/clinic; Sauk Trail Elementary School, Middleton to underwrite the Making Jazz Music Child’s Play, 6th School, Oshkosh to help build a jazz library; Sun Prairie High School to support the NIU Jazz Ensemble Clinic in November and the Sun Prairie Jazz; Waukesha West High School to help purchase Derby Mutes; Westosha Central High School, Salem, to help purchase sheet music for Jazz Central; Waunakee High School to underwrite a jazz clinic and Wisconsin Dells High School to help refurbish jazz band equipment.
The Madison Jazz Society is a non-profit, all volunteer organization formed in 1984 to encourage the performance of and education about jazz. It annually sponsors six concerts and a jazz festival that attracts jazz fans from all over the nation. It also sponsors the broadcast of Riverwalk: Live from the Landing on Wisconsin Public Radio. MJS sponsored its 26th Capital City Jazz Fest in 2014. For Information call Linda Marty Schmitz at 608-850-5400. www.madisonjazz.com