Education and Outreach

In addition to sustaining the longstanding festival tradition, Clearwater Jazz Holiday Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and proud winner of the 2016 Clearwater Regional Chamber’s Judge’s Choice Nonprofit of the Year, delivers year-round innovative programs, exciting performance opportunities, special funding, and creative learning experiences.

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Join the family of partners below or simply donate to help expand the reach and impact of these wonderful #CJHOutreach initiatives!

Innovative Programs

Innovative initiatives are changing lives and providing special experiences for people of all ages and backgrounds, from the very young to the elderly and from varying socio-economic backgrounds.

History of Jazz Outreach Program

Interactive, musical presentations featuring local musicians offered to schools (including Title I) and other special groups covering the culture, history, and feel of jazz and its evolution as a unique, American art form. CJH has impacted over 26,000 students with this innovative program and has also adapted it to provide meaningful experiences to older adults in our community, memory care centers, as well as organizations and schools serving people with special needs.

 

 

Clearwater Jazz Holiday thanks Pinellas Community Foundation, Pinellas Realtor Organization and Central Pasco Association of Realtors, Landon Korabek Foundation, Deeb Elder Law, and Rotary Club of Clearwater for supporting the History of Jazz Outreach Program.

My Journey with Jazz Program

Music mentoring program in a unique game format where students learn about important people, places and music that shaped the history of jazz. It delivers a fun and meaningful experience to afterschool and summer programs in economically challenged or underserved communities. What started as a pilot effort at the Clearwater Neighborhood Family Center has grown to serve many others including Mattie Williams NFC, High Point NFC, the Greater Regional Area Youth Development Initiative, Union Academy NFC, Sanderlin NFC and the Pinellas Sheriff's Police Athletic League.

Clearwater Jazz Holiday thanks Duke Energy, Pinellas Community Foundation, Landon Korabek Foundation, Pinch A Penny and Seaside National Bank & Trust for supporting the My Journey with Jazz Program.

Young Lions Jazz Master Sessions

A one-of-a-kind instructional experience for Bay area jazz students with group clinics, master class sessions, and performance opportunities involving university jazz educators and local jazz professionals. The Program occurs at a main event every December as well as in schools throughout the year.

Clearwater Jazz Holiday thanks UBS, Marcia P Hoffman School of the Arts, Al Downing Tampa Bay Jazz Association, St. Petersburg College and Yamaha for supporting the Young Lions Jazz Master Sessions

Build-A-Guitar Program

An annual initiative designed to engage the greater family of CJH corporate partners and other supporters around a unique team building program where participating teams assemble special guitars which are donated to CJH outreach partners. CJH also provides onsite group guitar lessons throughout the year with these outreach partners, typically neighborhood family centers in economically challenged and underserved communities.

 

Clearwater Jazz Holiday thanks Best Corporate Events for donating its wonderful Build-A-Guitar® charitable program and giving the gift of music to young people in our community.

CJH Inspires

CJH identifies special opportunities to inspire young musicians with the gift of music. CJH collects donated instruments and also works with partners to help inspire young people to continue on their musical journey. Whether it is for a school jazz or band program, a committed student who may not otherwise be able to afford an instrument outside of the school system, or a dedicated proven talent, these gifts of beginner and professional grade instruments are a symbol of CJH’s strong belief in these young talents and the power of music to change lives.

Clearwater Jazz Holiday thanks RS Berkley, Best Corporate Events, and others for helping to make a difference in the lives of many talented young performers.

Give Them a Stage & They Will Shine

CJH is known for showcasing young, incredibly talented, home-grown musicians, helping these aspiring artists to build confidence, hone their craft, and develop fans through special learning and performance opportunities. Whether at the festival, throughout the year at CJH events like the popular High Note Society monthly socials, or at special CJH corporate and outreach partner events, these experiences are invaluable opportunities for young musicians to network, promote their art, and develop important planning and communication habits. In many instances these artists enjoy an opportunity to play with more established professionals and also benefit from a paid gig!

 

If you or your organization have interest in featuring young musicians at your next event please email [email protected] and let’s give them a stage!

Special Funding

 CJH has a long history of providing special funding in support of youth music and jazz education.

Jazz & Band Programs

 This support includes annual contributions to middle and high school jazz ensembles and band programs participating in CJH’s History of Jazz Outreach Program, Young Lions Jazz Master Sessions, and School Give Back Program.

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Scholarships

 CJH also offers scholarships through the Pinellas Education Foundation to graduating high school seniors who demonstrate a unique music background and/or aspirations for careers involving music as well as to other students with interests in various facets of event production. In 2019, CJH additionally launched the Frank T. Williams III Summer Camp Scholarships which create meaningful jazz camp opportunities throughout the state for deserving young music students.

Jazz Program at the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts

Lastly, CJH celebrates its longtime partnership with Ruth Eckerd Hall and is proud to provide annual funding to Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall to support its renowned youth jazz program so that very talented Bay area jazz students can learn at a high level and experience exciting year-round performance opportunities across the CJH platform including the festival every October.

Creative Learning Experiences

CJH offers unique, event-based learning experiences. Students in area high schools and universities participate in various facets of event production including photography, journalism, stage and video production, culinary arts, graphic design and merchandising.

The Art Institute of Tampa

CJH is proud of its longtime partnership with The Art Institute to create valuable, experiential learning and networking opportunities for its students. What started with culinary students at the festival has evolved into year-round activity and projects involving photography, videography, design and more! Students are able to add to their resumes and portfolios and are making important connections across the greater CJH family of support.

 

St. Petersburg College MIRA Program

CJH’s partnership with the Music Industry and Recording Arts Program at St. Petersburg College is now in its fifth year! CJH developed and delivers a special series of classroom discussions for students to gain real-world insight into the business of music plus the opportunity to volunteer / shadow, network, meet industry professionals and intern with CJH stage crew, production, artist hospitality and operations. The class has become one of the program’s most fun and coveted student opportunities.

Operation Graduate Summer Workshop

CJH developed a special annual workshop complementing the United Way’s successful credit recovery/graduation track program. educating participating students about CJH’s year-round impact while inspiring volunteerism and networking.

We thank the following CJH Outreach Partners for supporting and believing in #CJHOutreach:

 



 

GET INVOLVED AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Education is a core component to the Foundation’s mission. If you would like to join our effort to support music & arts education in Tampa Bay or otherwise become part of the wonderful Clearwater Jazz Holiday family education and outreach team, please contact our office at 727-461-5200 or email [email protected].

Your financial support helps to sustain and grow these wonderful programs and intitiaves. Please consider making a donation to the Foundation.

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We appreciate your support and look forward to partnering with you!

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