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School Grants

Madison Jazz Society Announces Grants
To Schools To Enhance 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 participate in jazz related activities.  Grant requests must be limited to $500 per project to help the Society assist as many schools and projects as possible.

In 2016, just under $5,000 in grants was awarded.  Grants went to DeForest Area High School (Brandon Bautz, director) – $325 to underwrite the jazz band’s participation in the Slinger Jazz Festival; Fort Atkinson Middle School (Sam Fettig, director) – $270 to underwrite the jazz band’s participation in the Eau Claire Jazz Festival; Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School (Brenda Gauchel, director) – $400 to underwrite the costs of the Red Hawk Jazz Festival that the G-E-T Jazz Band will sponsor for smaller schools in their area; Jefferson High School (Rob Cunningham, director) – $500 to help purchase an upright bass for the school’s music department; Jefferson High School (Kathy Tuinstra-Schereck, director) – $200 to help their students participate in two vocal jazz clinics; Kettle Moraine Lutheran High School (Nate Amundson, director) – $275 to help  purchase jazz books for an elementary school jazz performance project; Madison: Edgewood High School (Carrie Backman, director) – $160 to underwrite an all-school curricular collaboration with Jazz at Lincoln Center; Menomonie High School (Jacob Karkula, director) – $300 to underwrite cost of clinicians and guest artists for a jazz clinic for the jazz band students; Middleton: Sauk Trail Elementary School (John Becker, director) – $250 to underwrite the “Making Jazz Music Child’s Play” program; Pulaski Community Middle School (Timothy Kozlovsky, director) – $350 to help offer an after school jazz program at the school; Pulaski High School (Kayla Koch, director) – $350 to underwrite the cost of repairing and improving instruments for the jazz students; Reedsburg Area High School (Scott Bruer, director) – $320 to help purchase saxophone mouthpieces and ligatures for the school’s instruments; Verona Area High School (Paul Heinecke, director) – $340 to help purchase a Flugelhorn for the jazz band; Waukesha West High School (Tom Ajack, director) – $310 to help purchase repertoire for the school’s jazz choir and jazz ensemble; Wisconsin Dells High School (Matthew Roble, director) – $400 to help refurbish jazz band instruments and Wisconsin Heights Middle/High School (Gina Ademino & Aniela Haas, Jazz Band Directors) – $200 to help purchase new jazz charts for the jazz bands.

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 Monday, October 3, 2016, and consists of a cover page that can be accompanied by a not more than two-page narrative telling of the school=s proposal and letters of support.

Grant applications (PDF) are available by clicking on the link below, by sending a message to or by calling (608) 850-5400

2016-17 Grant Application