“It’s not about the awards, or the competition, or the fight to first place, it’s about the community that is created with doing something that we all love.” - High School Jazz Musician
Covid-19 has brought many challenges to music education, performance and fundraising. With your support we can overcome these challenges and continue to provide a jazz festival where students can share their talents and hard work with their peers from around the country.
Help the National Jazz Festival continue with a virtual festival in 2021 and remain operational for our next planned in-person event in 2022 and beyond. We need your support!
Your donations will help:
Create a virtual festival for 2021
Allow us to maintain our website
Pay for subscriptions to online platforms
Cover costs for professional and bank fees
Promote the festival and create awareness
Maintain 501(c)(3) nonprofit status
Plan our next in-person festival in 2022
Continue our mission to provide a festival with an educational philosophy that is free for all to attend
The inaugural National Jazz Festival, featured on CBS Philly https://youtu.be/IrVLL6I1nmg, was held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia on February 15, 2020. Over 1200 student musicians from 11 states attended the festival to compete, attend educational clinics and watch a performance by the US Army Jazz Ambassadors.
The festival was organized and run solely by volunteers and funded by school registration fees, a grant and individual donations from corporations and music enthusiasts alike.
Attendance was free and open to the general public.
Explore the 2020 Program of Events for information on participating schools and performances throughout the day.
The National Jazz Festival was created as an independent, national jazz festival with an educational philosophy after the announcement by the Berklee School of Music, Boston, MA, that its premier music festival, which had brought some of the nation’s most talented high school jazz musicians together for over 50 years, was cancelled.
The NJF recognized the noble work of fostering musical development and creating a sense of community for young jazz artists had to prevail!
Thank you for your support!