This is an extraordinary moment in our history. We, the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz, are proud to stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter global movement for justice and accountability, to root out the systemic racism that has been embedded in American life for centuries. Similar crimes against marginalized people all over the world can no longer be ignored.
With schools across the country and around the world closed to limit the spread of the coronavirus, we are working diligently to offer our free educational resources to students, teachers and educators making the difficult transition to learning at home. During this unprecedented time, we need your help to ensure we are able to continue offering our enriching programs to public school students across the country.
The Institute’s worldwide, highly regarded Jazz in the Classroom programs are tailored for elementary, middle, high school, and college students to help them develop an understanding of and appreciation for jazz music. The series strives to share the positive aspects of jazz with young people who would not otherwise have opportunities to learn about this great national treasure.
The Institute has shifted its free music education programs fully online in response to COVID-19, allowing students across the United States and around the world to continue to engage with jazz masters like Gerald Clayton, Terri Lyne Carrington, Linda May Han Oh and Billy Childs throughout the year. These virtual initiatives have already reached millions worldwide by leveraging the latest digital learning technology.
In 2021, the Institute presented a spectacular Virtual Global Concert in honor of the 10th Anniversary of International Jazz Day. Hosted from United Nations Headquarters in New York by Academy Award-winning actor Michael Douglas, the show featured dozens of world-renowned jazz masters performing in cities across the globe. We also offered a suite of free education programs that reached hundreds of thousands worldwide.
Through the Institute’s Peer-to-Peer Jazz Education Tours, gifted student musicians from twelve public performing arts high schools served by the Institute present weeklong tours for their peers in other cities.
The Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz Performance at The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music is a tuition-free two-year program that accepts one ensemble of musicians for each class. All of the students receive full scholarships, as well as stipends to cover their monthly living expenses. The students study both individually and as a small group, receiving personal mentoring, ensemble coaching, and lectures on the jazz tradition.
Math, Science & Music is a new initiative that uses music as a tool to teach math and science to young people in public schools across the United States and around the world. The program addresses the growing need for students to gain skills and acquire knowledge in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects and learn to think creatively.