San Jose Jazz

For General Operating Support

  • Amount
  • Program
  • Date Awarded
  • Term
    36 Months
  • Type of Support
    General Support/Organization
The San Jose Jazz Society presents the San Jose Jazz Festival, the largest summer jazz festival in the world offering free performances at public parks, churches, hotels, clubs, and San Jose performance centers. With more than 100,000 attendees, the festival provides an opportunity for local and touring jazz musicians to reach new audiences, and for the community around San Jose to have access to, and participate in, the arts. The Jazz Society also runs a number of educational programs, including an all-star band, a summer camp, and in-school programs that reach 4,000 children. While the organization has been hard-hit by the scaling back of corporate sponsorships during the recession, the size and diversity of its audiences have grown, and with ongoing Hewlett Foundation support, the Jazz Society's new leadership will continue to deliver low-cost or free access to world class jazz in the South Bay.
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310 South First Street, San Jose, CA, 95113, United States
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for jazz artist programs  
San Jose Jazz produces festivals and concerts, educational programs, and artist development opportunities. Best known for its annual summer festival, San Jose Jazz also presents concerts throughout Santa Clara County that preserve and advance the jazz tradition, and support the next generation of jazz artists. Its youth programs serve over 1,000 students annually, and its local festivals and concerts attract roughly 80,000 listeners each year. Support for its jazz artist programs — which include the New Works Fest, Break Room concerts, and Boom Box Truck concerts — advances the Performing Arts Program’s Artists strategy by ensuring jazz artists from the region have resources and opportunities that are relevant to their needs and aspirations.
for general operating support  
San Jose Jazz presents world-class jazz performances and educational programs for more than 80,000 people each year. Best known for its three-day summer festival, San Jose Jazz also presents a winter jazz festival; weekly concerts; and pop-up performances at parks, markets, and fairs throughout Santa Clara County. In addition, the organization provides sequential music instruction to more than 1,200 students from the second grade through high school, and provides intensive workshops and performance opportunities through summer camps, master classes, and an audition-based band. Support for San Jose Jazz advances the Performing Arts Program’s Communities strategy.

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