2023 International Piano Competition

Application now available.

Peer-to-Peer Jazz Education Tours

Through the Institute’s Peer-to-Peer Jazz Education Tours, gifted student musicians from the National Performing Arts High Schools program present weeklong tours for their peers in other cities with world renowned artists

International Jazz Day 2023

Check out all the amazing artists who performed at the April 30th International Jazz Day All-Star Global Concert!

Watch the April 4th Dept. of Education Jazz Informance

Watch the video of the 2023 Jazz Informance hosted by the U.S. Department of Education, featuring Terell Stafford, U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, and the Institute's Peer-to-Peer Jazz Quintet.

International Programs

Connecting communities around the world with America's indigenous art form.

Jazz in the Classroom

We bring the greatest living jazz masters to students in public schools across America.

BeBop to Hip-Hop

Watch the latest BeBop to Hip-Hop virtual concert, which featured original student-produced works and reached millions around the globe.

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.

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Hancock Institute News

Jazz In The Classroom

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 initiative strives to share the positive aspects of jazz with young people who would not otherwise have opportunities to learn about this great national treasure.
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International Jazz Day

International Jazz Day is the world's largest annual celebration of jazz. Celebrated each year on April 30 in more than 190 countries on all seven continents, Jazz Day highlights jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. As part of the 2022 edition, the Institute in partnership with UNESCO presented a series of free educational programs for viewers around the world, culminating in a spectacular All-Star Global Concert live from the United Nations featuring dozens of artists from 19 countries.
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Peer to Peer Program

Through the Institute’s Peer-to-Peer Jazz Education Tours, gifted student musicians from twelve public performing arts high schools across the country present weeklong tours for their peers in other cities, performing and teaching alongside our master teaching artists.
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College Program

The Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz Performance at UCLA is a tuition-free two-year program that accepts one ensemble of musicians for each class. All of the students receive full scholarships and 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. The Institute is currently accepting applications for the class entering in fall 2023.
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International Tours

The Institute’s goal of preserving and promoting jazz includes introducing people around the world to this great American art form. Through regular tours sponsored by the U.S. State Department and other partners, the Institute builds bridges to other cultures and increases musical understanding through jazz education, performance and community engagement activities. Since 1989 the Institute's international programs have taken master jazz musicians to nearly forty countries across six continents.
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Math, Science and Music

Math, Science and Music is a groundbreaking 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.
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