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Jazz and Heritage Foundation Grants $1.2 Million in Community Partnership

15:00 January 17, 2022
By: Jariah Johnson

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation is excited to announce its 2021-2022 Community Partnership grant recipients, which can be viewed now at

Since 1979, The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation has provided proceeds from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival directly into the community with grants to finance different projects supporting and upholding the foundation's mission. More than $10 million has been awarded to Community Partnership Grants over the last 10 years.

Many other developments related to the foundation's mission have been rewarded more than $ 1.2 million, such as in school arts education programs, presenting organizations, and individual artists with media or documentation projects.

"There are so many groups working hard to support the culture of Louisiana, and we are honored to be able to assist them in a direct and meaningful way through our Community Partnership Grants," Don Marshall, executive director of the Jazz & Heritage Foundation, said in a press release. "These are truly your Jazz Fest dollars at work."

For the 2021-2022 grant cycle, these grants are awarded in five categories:

1. Jazz & Heritage Presenting grants, awarded to Louisiana-based nonprofit arts organizations that present festivals and other cultural events and hire local performers.

2. Media & Documentation grants for artists and others who create new artistic works or otherwise document the local culture.

3. Education In-School grants for schools providing music and art classes as part of the school day.

4. Education After-School grants for non-profits that present after-school and summer educational programs in the arts.

5. Louisiana Cultural Equity Arts grants, awarded to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) creatives and BIPOC-led nonprofit organizations in Louisiana.

In all, 93% of the grants were funded.

Applications are reviewed and scored by committees of the Jazz & Heritage Foundation's Board of Directors and Advisory Council members. The applications are then categorized by score. Those with the highest scores are awarded the most significant percentage of their requested amount.

"The Donald Harrison, Sr. Museum is a small community based one. The continuous support of the Jazz & Heritage Festival Foundation has been immeasurable in the museum's ability to document, preserve, and present the indigenous cultural expressions of New Orleans to diverse audiences," Big Queen Cherice Harrison-Nelson, a recipient of a 2021-2022 Community Partnership Grant, said in a press release. "We are most grateful for the funding of projects and programs that serve elders and children. Additionally, the application and reporting process is obviously designed to be inclusive and not burdensome to organizations and individuals who are from and work in communities that birth and nurture the unique cultural expressions that make New Orleans, New Orleans."

The declaration of the completed grant cycle marks two years since the addition of the Foundation's Louisiana Cultural Equity Arts grant. The grant category is open to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) creatives and BIPOC-led nonprofit organizations in Louisiana. The establishment of the grant category is part of a more prominent influence by the Foundation to address structural and elevate, amplify, and support BIPOC creatives' art and communities.

Because of the multiple investments made in the community and making an intensive effort to raise local artists and organizations, the Foundation is establishing an environment where arts and education projects succeed long-term, especially in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage & Heritage Foundation is the non-profit that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, presented by Shell. The Foundation utilizes the proceeds from Jazz Fest—and other raised funds—for year-round programs in education, economic development, and cultural enrichment.

For more information on the Foundation's activities, visit To donate, visit

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