In November, the Madison Jazz Society awarded grants totaling $7,100 from its School Grant Fund to music programs in 27 Wisconsin schools. The grants are funding jazz centered programs designed to help students learn about and perform jazz. In announcing the awards, MJS President Linda Marty Schmitz stated, “We are very pleased that these grants will assist students from all over Wisconsin now and in years to come. We are sorry we could not fund all of the requests submitted. We are thrilled to see that many schools throughout the state are working to provide opportunities for their students to learn about America’s original art form – jazz.”
Central High School, Adam Scheele, director, received a grant in the amount of $200 to help purchase sheet music for Jazz Central.
Formed in 1984, the Madison Jazz Society is a non-profit, all volunteer organization formed to encourage the performance of and education about jazz. The group sponsors the broadcast of Riverwalk: Live from the Landing on Wisconsin Public Radio. MJS will sponsor its 26th annual Capital City Jazz Fest in April 2014.