The grants are awarded by the Society, 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 is 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 2016, just under $5,000 in grants was awarded to 15 school districts.
Bautz and other grant recipients will attend a Madison Jazz Society concert on Sunday, November 20, to be awarded the check and introduced to those who support the School Grant Fund. The concert will be held at the Coliseum Bar, 232 E Olin Avenue, Madison.
According to Bautz, the $500 is the most DAHS program has received to date from the Society. “We are very appreciative of the support for our students to participate in the UW-Stevens Point Jazz Festival,” said Bautz. The 26th annual UWSP Jazz Festival, featuring Ben Allison, with Steve Cardenas and Allison Miller, will be held on February 3, 2017.