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Jazz & Heritage Wins $20,000 Grant for Student Instruments

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation has been awarded a grant of $20,000 by the Country Music Association Foundation. The Jazz & Heritage Foundation will use the funds to purchase musical instruments for use by beginning music students.

The Jazz & Heritage Foundation is one of 29 charitable groups receiving a total of $2.68 million from the CMA Foundation. Since 2006, CMA has donated more than $13 million to support music education.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation's principal music education outreach program - the Don "Moose" Jamison Heritage School of Music - has existed since 1990. Earlier this year, the Heritage School moved into its first-ever permanent home, the George and Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center, a $9 million education and community facility. Prevsiously, the Heritage School had operated at Southern University at New Orleans and at Dillard University.

Since its inception, the Heritage School has required students to have at least one year of prior instruction before enrolling. It has also required students to own their own instruments.

With the opening of the Jazz & Heritage Center, the Jazz & Heritage Foundation seeks to expand its reach into the community - by providing music instruction to first-time students and to those who do not own their own instruments.

The CMA grant brings the total the Jazz & Heritage Foundation has raised for this purpose to $31,000. Previously in 2015, we received private donations of $10,000 and $1,000 to support this initiative.

If you are interested in assisting our efforts to expand our music education to first-time students and those who do not own instruments, please contact our development office by sending an email here.

About the Country Music Assocation Foundation
The Country Music Assocation was founded in 1958 in Nashville, TN, as a trade organization to promote country music. It also hosts the Country Music Assocation Awards and the CMA Music Festival, among other initiatives. CMA established the 501(c)(3) non-profit CMA Foundation in 2011. Guided by the generosity of the Country Music community, the CMA Foundation focuses on improving and sustaining music education programs everywhere while supporting worthwhile causes important to the Country Music Association.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation is the nonprofit that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation presented by Shell. The Foundation uses the proceeds from Jazz Fest, and other raised funds, for year-round programs in education, economic development and cultural enrichment. For more on what we do, please visit us online at

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc.