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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 addition, the Society will award an upright string bass to a school that completes the application to receive it.

In 2017, almost $6,000 in grants were awarded.  Grants went to Belleville High School to help purchase a mixer and speaker for their jazz band’s use; Beloit Memorial High School to underwrite a jazz workshop led by Ron Carter; DeForest Area High School to help purchase a flugelhorn for the jazz band; Evansville High School to underwrite jazz band student participation in the UW-Green Bay Jazz Festival; Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School to help purchase a portable electric piano for the jazz band; Jefferson Middle School to help purchase a drum kit for the jazz band; Jefferson High School to help purchase a bass amp for the jazz choir; Madison: Glendale Elementary School for a jazz artist-in-residence program; Mayville High School to help purchase jazz charts for jazz band library; Menomonie High School to support a jazz clinic for jazz students; Platteville High School to underwrite purchase of jazz charts for the jazz band; Sun Prairie: Prairie View Middle School to underwrite middle school jazz festival; Sun Prairie Music & Arts to underwrite fees for jazz concert & clinic; Verona High School to purchase an electric bass for the jazz band and Viola: Kickapoo Area Schools to help purchase a new mixer.

MJS members are available to serve as docents to participate in the conduct of approved projects.  Schools can join together to submit a joint application for funding.

The application deadline is October 1, 2018, 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.