The Institute Participates in Giving Tuesday

UPDATE: Thanks to a generous contribution from a member of the Institute’s Board of Trustees, the first $50,000 in gifts received for Giving Tuesday will be matched. Make your gift count double today!

As 2020 draws to a close, please consider making a tax-deductible contribution in honor of Giving Tuesday (December 1, 2020). Your gift will help the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz provide life-changing jazz education opportunities for students in need across the United States and around the world.

For more than three decades, the Institute has offered all of its public school-based educational and outreach initiatives entirely free of charge to students, teachers, schools, families and communities. The Institute makes a special effort to serve students from at-risk and economically disadvantaged backgrounds. 

“I saw my kids grow musically and emotionally through the Hancock Institute’s Jazz in the Classroom program. My son was able to take the skills he learned in your program and win scholarships and participate in the Southern California Schools Honor Band and in the Hancock Institute/Los Angeles Unified School District All-City Jazz Band. His strength in music flourished as did his confidence as a performer. I am seeing this in my daughter as well and am extremely proud!” 

Parent of current and former Jazz in the Classroom students

Institute students learn the discipline and focus they need to succeed in school and beyond, with 100% of participants in our Jazz in the Classroom and National Performing Arts High Schools initiatives graduating from high school and more than 90% going on to college. 

Learning and performing jazz does far more than increase students’ technical knowledge; it fosters self-confidence and emotional growth. This is true for students like one recent alumnus of the Herbie Hancock Institute/LAUSD Beyond the Bell All-City Jazz Band in Los Angeles. He notes, “There’s not a day that goes by where I am not using some of the many skills I’ve learned from you. I thank you for all the knowledge, opportunities, gigs, and patience in developing my gift.”

Institute programs also help support band teachers and music educators by providing acclaimed guest teaching artists and advanced teaching methodologies all year long, completely free of charge. This work prompted one jazz instructor to write, “No other organization provides us with the kind of support like the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz. The Institute has done more for our students than any other organization.”

In spite of the significant, ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Institute’s commitment to continuing­–and expanding upon–this tradition of service and excellence remains undiminished.

With your help, we will begin 2021 on strong footing. Please consider showing your support on Giving Tuesday, December 1 with a tax-deductible gift. Any amount helps.

Interested in making a Giving Tuesday contribution? Just click here to access our secure online donation form.