Supporting Music Education
Meet the 2016 Salem Jazz and Soul Festival Scholarship Recipients. Click here.
The mission of the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival is to raise money to support music education initiatives in the North of Boston Area. Studies show that children who play a musical instrument are more likely to excel in school and pursue a college education. Music education programs help children attain critical life skills like discipline, creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and leadership. The arts are a crucial part any child’s intellectual development, and they need our continual support.
Since our inception, the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival has distributed $55,000 to music-education initiatives in Salem and beyond. Our reach has grown beyond to support music education programs in a variety of Greater Boston cities and towns. Our beneficiaries include music programs at Salem High School, the Lynn Public Schools, Everett High School, the North Shore Recovery High School in Beverly and Northeast ARC. We’ve also recently expanded our educational mission to include our own music-education programming, details of which can be seen below in the Music in the Classroom section, as well as hosting student interns from North Shore Recovery High School and the Art Institute of Boston.
Music Education in our Festival Series
Our annual music series is rich with music education opportunities, and as always, all of them are offered free to the public. Our SJSF/Berklee Summer Series incorporate a Q&A session with the performers. These sessions give the audience insight into the music-education process as well as highlighting topics such as instrumentation and orchestration, composition, arranging and other facets of the artistic process. One of the highlights of our main festival is our Education Tent, in which patrons can partake in a variety of free workshops and lectures. Programs have included workshops with artists such as Dwight & Nicole and members of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. We are constantly striving to improve our education tent offerings and have expanded programming to include mini-performances and demonstrations on a variety topics such as African hand drumming, Jazz improvisation and Gypsy Jazz. The 2015 promises another schedule of interesting topics such as Celtic Folk Music, and Mbira, African finger piano, workshop and a Beatles sing-a-long! The Education Tent is sponsored by Salem Five Charitable Foundation.
Our festival also includes our Kids Tent where children of all ages can explore different musical instruments, gain instruction, and access a resource board containing information on local music instructors and organizations.
Music Education in the Community
Our contributions to North Shore community take on a variety of forms. In the past, our grants have paid for equipment purchases for area high schools, sponsored intensive master classes for students with area educators, and provided scholarships to local high school students to attend area music camps. This year, 2015, we were able to give eleven students the opportunity to attend Salem State University’s Northeast Jazz and Recording Camp. These students gained invaluable knowledge through their camp experience and a life time of inspiration. We look forward to our continued support in all of these areas.
As part of our ongoing dedication to music education, we have recently begun expanding our education initiatives. Not only are we providing financial support to local music programs, we have undertaken some of our own educational programming to benefit the North Shore Community. All programs are free an open to the public.
Through a collaboration with Salem State University and the Salem Public Library, we are now hosting our MusicKidz series of workshops. These workshops take place the second Saturday of each month in the children’s room at Salem YMCA. They are open to children in grades K-5 and are free to all. Workshops take place from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and cover a variety of topics meant to inspire while educating children on the wonders of music!
Special thanks to the Howling Wolf Taqueria for their sponsorship of this wonderful program! We have also partnered with North Shore Recovery High School and the Art Institute of Boston to provide internship opportunities for students interested in the audio engineering field. Participating students assist at our fundraisers, Derby Sq. shows and Main Festival and execute a variety of tasks while learning about the Audio Engineering Field. Of course we cannot do any of this without your help. Please consider donating to the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival to keep music alive!
Salem Jazz and Soul Festival Scholarship Program
(Pictured left) SJSF Scholarship Recipients L to R Jacob Pini, Salem High School, Travis Davis, Lynn English HS, Louis Brooks, Lynn Classical HS.
The 2016 SJSF Grant Cycle is open. Schools and non-profit organizations are encouraged to apply for a grant through the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival. Grants can be used for a variety of things such as to assist with music education related programming, student scholarships for music camps camps, or for music related purchases. Please click here to download our grant request form: 2017 SJSF Grant Request Form (PDF).
If you have any questions about our programs, would like to partner on an education initiative, would like to help with programs, or anything else, please fill out the contact form below and our Education Director will reply as soon as possible. Thank you for your support!!