Salem Jazz and Soul Festival will expand educational programming with $10,000 grant

The Salem Jazz and Soul Festival was recently awarded the largest grant in its eight-year history, $10,000 from the W. Bradford Ingalls Charitable Foundation.
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SALEM, Mass. - Feb. 2, 2014 - PRLog -- With this grant, the Salem Jazz and Soul Festival will use these funds to expand its music-education programming and purchase equipment needed for this effort.

The Salem Jazz and Soul Festival’s mission is to produce free concerts and raise money to support music-education causes on Massachusetts’ North Shore.

“We’re very happy to be able to support a local organization,” said Joan Ingalls of the Ingalls Foundation. “The Salem Jazz and Soul Festival is known for fostering music-education programs in the North Shore area, free public concerts, and an amazing annual two-day music festival. We hope our contribution helps them grow.”

The Ingalls Foundation provides support for projects in the areas of health, medical research, engineering, education, arts, classical music and athletics, in Massachusetts and Florida.

According to Nick Giarratani, SJSF’s new education director, part of the grant will be used to expand the festival’s MusicKidz program at the Salem Public Library into a monthly class for grade-schoolers. Additionally, funds will be dedicated to paying music-educators during the two-day, summer festival and purchasing needed equipment to be used in the festival’s kids tent and music-education tent. Finally, the festival is working with the Salem YMCA to help staff an after-school program in music production.

“We’re thankful ijcva for the Ingalls Foundation support as its gift will allow us to further our mission statement by giving us the resources needed to undertake our own music-education programming, while still maintaining our existing support levels for local music education initiatives,” said Giarratani. “This dual-level approach will help us to ensure that even more children have the opportunity to explore the wonders of music.”

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