School Grants

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

In November, 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 2018, over $7,600 in grants was awarded to schools around the state. Grants went to Belleville High School to help purchase a portable keyboard for the jazz band’s use; Cambridge High School to support a clinic for the jazz students, along with a string bass that was donated to the Society to be given to a school; Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School to support jazz clinicians to come into the school throughout the school year; Jefferson High School to help purchase equipment to complete the band’s drum kit and to support travel to a jazz clinic by the school’s vocal jazz ensemble; Madison: Jefferson Middle School to support the MJS K-8 Guest Artist/Residency program; Mayville to help build their jazz library for big band music; Menomonie High School to hire a clinician to work with jazz band students; Middleton: Sauk Trail Elementary School to support the “Making Jazz Music Child’s Play” program; Mt Horeb Middle School to support a guest clinician for the 2018-19 school year; Platteville High School to underwrite purchase of jazz charts to upgrade jazz library for the band; Reedsburg Area High School to support the Sauk County Honors Jazz Project; Spring Green: River Valley High School to support annual pops concert with a jazz theme; Verona High School to underwrite a clinic led by Jim Stombres for jazz band students; Waupun Junior/Senior High School to help purchase a vibraphone for the jazz band and Wisconsin Dells Spring Hill Middle & High Schools to help purchase a bass amp for the jazz ensemble.

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 4, 2019, 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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