New York, July 2022— Jazz Power Initiative has been approved for a $25,000 Grant for Arts Projects award from the National Endowment for the Arts to support our Jazz Power youth music education program in FY23. This project will allow us to continue to provide and deepen our work in Uptown Manhattan at no charge to families. Jazz Power Initiative’s project is among 1,125 projects across America totaling more than $26.6 million that were selected during this second round of Grants for Arts Projects fiscal year 2022 funding.
“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support arts and cultural organizations throughout the nation with these grants, including Jazz Power Initiative, providing opportunities for all of us to live artful lives,” said NEA Chair Maria Rosario Jackson, PhD. “The arts contribute to our individual well-being, the well-being of our communities, and to our local economies. The arts are also crucial to helping us make sense of our circumstances from different perspectives as we emerge from the pandemic and plan for a shared new normal informed by our examined experience.”
Eli Yamin, Jazz Power Initiative’s Managing and Artistic Director, expressed: “Thank you, National Endowment for the Arts, for this national recognition of and support for the African American and Latin American culturally based music education we are providing for youth uptown to have access to their inheritance and all the joy, growth, opportunity and transformation it provides.”
Jazz Power Youth trains youth 10-17 years old in singing, dance and theatre in diverse and culturally aware environments, to cultivate courage, curiosity, and compassion. Jazz Power Initiative’s holistic, multidisciplinary and multicultural approach to jazz education activates an inclusive atmosphere that fosters creativity, collaboration, and discipline. African American cultural foundations of jazz and antiracist ideology guide our process including the models of excellence we provide the children, the background of our faculty, the repertoire we select, the communities we serve and the “Jazz Power Tools” we teach such as improvisation, making a soulful sound, call and response, syncopation, and swing.
For more information on other projects included in the Arts Endowment grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.