Our Mission

The Salem Jazz and Soul Festival is a nonprofit organization that produces free concerts and raises money to support music-education programs on Massachusetts’ North Shore.


SJSF’s season lasts May through August – when we put on monthly, free concerts in partnership with Berklee College of Music – and culminates in a two-day festival at the Salem Willows in mid-August, featuring local, regional and national bands. The season is book-ended by ticketed fundraisers at area venues. The festival is financed through merchandise sales, personal donations, grants and corporate sponsorship. We’re a grass-roots organization run by a volunteer board of directors made up of North Shore residents.


Since 2007, we have raised $55,000 for music-education causes north of Boston.


  • Disbursed scholarships for students to attend regional music camps
  • Made grants to area group homes and after-school music programs
  • Donated money and new equipment to North Shore high school jazz bands
  • Created a monthly music series for grade-schoolers at Salem Public Library and homeless families at a North Shore hotel
  • Produced more than 60 free concerts
  • Run an annual music-related art contest for children in elementary school
  • Funded an 8-week interactive workshop for children in the autism spectrum
  • Developed an intern program in which local high school students can learn audio production
  • Won Massachusetts Cultural Council’s “Gold Star Award” In 2013