School Grants

Madison Jazz Society Announces Grants
To Schools To Enhance Jazz Education Programs

IIn spite of the COVID-19 issues facing all of us, and especially teachers, the Madison Jazz Society will still award grants to Wisconsin school jazz centered programs for the 2020-21 school year.  However, due to COVID-19 concerns, applicants this year are encouraged to submit requests to purchase sheet music; instrument purchase or repair; or purchase equipment or computer items that could be used to help teach virtually or conduct virtual events/clinics.  Any award for an in-person event (clinic, concert, etc.) will be paid after the event has occurred.  Other awards will be paid by the end of 2020.

 Grant requests must be limited to $500 per project to help the Society assist as many schools and projects as possible.  Schools may join together to submit a joint application for funding.  Final selection will be based partly on which proposals provide as much of the information requested on the application as possible.

In 2019, just under $10,000 in grants were awarded to schools around the state. Grants went to: Belleville High School  – $350 to help purchase sheet music for their Jazz band’s use; Beloit Memorial High School  – $300 to support Jazz clinic led by Ron Carter; DeForest Area High School  – $500 to help purchase a Flugelhorn for the Jazz band; Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School  – $500 to support Jazz clinicians to come in throughout the school year; Holmen Middle School  – $500 to help build curricular portion of Jazz band library; Jefferson Middle School  – $500 to help purchase a new amp for the Jazz band; Jefferson High School  – $350 to purchase Jamie Aebersold books for their library & support travel to a clinic for the vocal Jazz choir; Kickapoo Area School District  – $500 to help purchase a new bass amplifier for the Jazz band; Madison: Orchard Ridge Elementary School  – $500 for Jazz artist-in-residence program; Mayville High School  – $500 to help purchase sheet music for the Jazz band library; Menomonie High School  – $400 to help hire a clinician to work with Jazz students; Middleton: Sauk Trail Elementary School  – $375 to support “Making Jazz Music Child’s Play” program; Mt Horeb Middle School  – $400 to support clinician for 2019-20 Viking Band Show; Oshkosh: Perry Tipler Middle School  – $500 to purchase sheet music for the Jazz band library; Oshkosh: Webster Stanley Middle School  – $450 to commission a new work for the Jazz band by a Wisconsin composer; Platteville High School  – $500 to purchase charts to expand Jazz band library; Reedsburg Area High School  – $500 to support Baraboo/Portage/Reedsburg Honors Jazz Project; Salem: Westosha High School  – $500 o purchase sheet music for the Jazz band library; Sun Prairie: Patrick Marsh Middle School  – $500 to support annual Middle School Jazz Festival; Verona High School  – $400 to support Jazz clinicians throughout the school year and Wisconsin Dells Middle & High Schools – $500 to help purchase middle school Jazz music.

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 Friday, October 9, 2020, 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.

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