Community Partnership Grant Announcement 2022-2023

NEW ORLEANS (July 1, 2022) – The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is pleased to announce the 2022-2023 Community Partnership Grant cycle. Since 1979, the Jazz & Heritage Foundation has invested proceeds from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell directly into the community with grants to fund projects that support the foundation’s mission. More than $12 million has been awarded in Community Partnership Grants since the program began.

In 2021, the Foundation historically awarded over $1.2 million in funding to nearly 400 Louisiana artists and non-profit organizations, schools, arts education programs and presenting organizations. This year, the Foundation will once again commit $1.2 million to the program. 

The Community Partnership Grants program offers grant awards of up to $5,000 to support music and art education programs, cultural events put on by Louisiana arts-based nonprofits, new artistic works that interpret Louisiana culture and other projects that support the Jazz & Heritage Foundation’s mission. The five categories now open are:

Jazz & Heritage In-School Education Programs in Music, Arts, and Cultural Traditions: Guidelines

Jazz & Heritage After-School and Summer Education Programs in Music, Arts, and Cultural Traditions: Guidelines

Jazz & Heritage Presenting: Festivals and Concerts in Music and Performing Arts: Guidelines

Jazz & Heritage Media: Documentation + Creation: Guidelines

Jazz & Heritage Louisiana Cultural Equity Arts Grant: Guidelines

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation invests proceeds from Jazz Fest and additional funds that we raise for year-round programming in education, economic development and cultural enrichment. Education programs include the Don “Moose” Jamison Heritage School of Music, the Tom Dent Congo Square Lectures, the Class Got Brass competition for school brass bands, a youth audio workshop program, youth vocal workshops, and more! Economic Development initiatives include the Community Partnership Grants, the Catapult Fund accelerator program and Sync Up entertainment industry workshops. Cultural enrichment programs include the Jazz & Heritage Concert Series and annual Foundation Festivals: the Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festival, the Congo Square Rhythms Festival, the Tremé Creole Gumbo Festival and the Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco Festival. Importantly, these are free programs that the Jazz and Heritage Foundation has developed over many years to ensure that we give back to Louisiana. The Jazz & Heritage Foundation also owns radio station WWOZ 90.7-FM and the Jazz & Heritage Archive. In late 2014, the Foundation opened the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center – an education and community facility named for the late Jazz Fest founder George Wein and his wife Joyce.  In March of 2020, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation established the Jazz & Heritage Music Relief Fund – a statewide relief fund to support Louisiana musicians who were affected by the pandemic. In the last two years the Jazz & Heritage Foundation has been able to provide relief funds of more than $2 million dollars supporting musicians, music industry gig workers, Black Masking Indians and other indigenous cultural practitioners. To learn more about the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation, please visit us online at