Jazz And Heritage Foundation Gives $700K In Community Grants

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The nonprofit that runs the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival says it has given $700,000 in community partnership grants to 254 programs and projects.

         The Jazz and Heritage Foundation said Monday that recipients include the Jazz In the Park concert series, a feature-length documentary on Allen Toussaint, educational programming at the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music and a new recording of transcriptions from a classic 1920s jazz band.

         The grants use Jazz Fest proceeds.

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         The foundation said in a news release that 286 people, schools and groups applied, and just under 89 percent received anywhere from $275 to $4,000, with an average of just under $2,800.

         Totals have risen from about $498,600 in 2014 to $601,300 last year and $709,500 this year. The average dropped from last year's $3,000, because the number of applications went up 26 percent.

         This year's grants were in four categories: Nonprofit groups that hire local performers for festivals and other cultural events; artists and others who create new artistic works or otherwise document the local culture; schools providing music and art classes as part of the school day; and non-profits that present after-school and summer educational programs in the arts.

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         Applications are scored and ranked, and those with the highest scores get the largest percentage of the requested amount. The highest possible request is $5,000.

 

 

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