The mission of the DC Jazz Festival is to: Present internationally world-renowned and emerging artists in celebration of jazz, Unify diverse communities and enable connections between artists and audience year-round; Advance jazz and music education by providing exciting, adventurous and diverse music experiences for audiences of all ages and backgrounds in greater DC as well as out-of-town visitors; Provide performance opportunities for DC-based jazz musicians; and Highlight DC as a major and vibrant center for jazz and as a premier cultural destination.
For more information, visit their website.
The DC Jazz Festival's Education Program is our arts education initiative that encourages young people to get "jazzed" about learning. The DCJF Education Program offers free concerts, workshops, and master classes for more than 5,000 young people each year. Programs are held in partnership with DC public and charter schools, the Phillips Collection, Sitar Arts Center, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington, Children’s National Health System, THEARC, and others.
Description of Education Initiatives: DC Jazz Bops! Through jazz-inspired books and interactive lessons, DC Jazz Bops!, the DC Jazz Festival's early childhood education program, establishes early music skills, foundational math and literacy skills, and aids in socio-emotional development. For more information, visit their education page.
Partnership with DC Collaborative
DC Collaborative member since 2013.
"The DC Collaborative plays an invaluable role in working towards the DC Jazz Festival mission to Present, Unify, Advance, Provide, and Highlight the multi facets of jazz performance, jazz education, and access to high quality jazz experiences."
Arts and Humanities for Every Student Provider
DC Jazz Festival is an AHFES provider! Teachers can view their AHFES page here.
Fun fact! In 2015, DC Jazz Festival lauched DCJazzPrix. DCJazzPrix is unique competition in that it aims to identify and showcase emerging and exceptional jazz band talent. Competition winners receive extensive publicity, business support and career navigation services, a tremendous exposure opportunity to perform on the DC JazzFest main stage, and a significant cash prize.
Contact the education department: Rochelle Rice at Rochelle@DCJazzFest.org.