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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, over $5,000 in grants were awarded.  Grants went to Belleville High School — $350 to purchase jazz charts; Beloit Memorial High School — $475 to underwrite a Jeff Hamilton Clinical Master Class/Performance; DeForest Area High School – $475 to underwrite student participation in the UW-Stevens Point Jazz Festival; Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School – $375 to underwrite the costs of the second annual Red Hawk Jazz Festival that the G-E-T Jazz Band sponsored for smaller schools in their area; Jefferson Middle School – $200 to purchase charts for the school’s jazz library; Jefferson High School – $500 to purchase vocal jazz  charts; Juda Schools – $500 to help purchase a mixing console to replace one that is broken; Menomonie High School – $475 to underwrite cost of clinicians and guest artists for a jazz clinic for the jazz band students; Middleton: Sauk Trail Elementary School – $250 to underwrite the “Making Jazz Music Child’s Play” program; Oshkosh Merrill Middle School – $125 to purchase charts for jazz ensemble library; Oshkosh: Webster Stanley Middle School – $475 to underwrite “Jazz-O-Rama” during Jazz Appreciation Month; Sun Prairie: Prairie View Middle School – $450 to underwrite a drum/rhythm section instructor and Wisconsin Dells High School – $450 to help refurbish jazz band instruments.

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 1, 2017, 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

2017-18 Grant Application