The W.C. Handy Jazz Camp is a four-day summer camp directed by the Music Preservation Society in Florence, Alabama, and hosted in the music department at the University of North Alabama. Under the tutelage of veteran performers, students at the camp are given a valuable opportunity to learn theory and perform jazz and big band arrangements. Jazz Camp’s goal is to help foster a new generation of musicians to contribute to the rich and vibrant genre.
Camp admittance is $300 per attendee, with some attendees’ costs compensated by local grants and sponsorships. Jazz Camp has also compensated for the cost for financially disadvantaged students from its own funds, but could not afford to do so for more than a few students (about five or less per year).
The Music Preservation Society would like to make the Jazz Camp in 2020 bigger than before with a goal of bringing in fifty students. This could be possible with the support and sponsorship of the public, by using donations to write down the cost of attending Jazz Camp for financially disadvantaged youth in the immediate area, and then use an awareness campaign to notify different schools and faculty of the scholarship opportunity for musicians around the state.
Your donation can help more children in the area to meet and learn from experienced and talented musicians in the area and expose them to the opportunity to get private instrumental lessons, practice big band arrangements, learn two levels of jazz theory, and gain an emphasis in improvisation with jazz combos. At the end of the camp the students will perform a concert at the University of North Alabama. Please support this campaign or share this page with your family and friends. Every donation will help support young musicians in the Tennessee Valley Region!