10 KIDS for $10,000!!
GIVE JAZZ CAMP SCHOLARHSHIPS TO KIDS IN NEED
Location: Kent, Connecticut, United States
Support a 2012 Jazz Camper!
The not-for-profit Litchfield Jazz Camp has been profoundly altering the lives of their students for 16 years by awarding kids in-need the opportunity to attend one of the best summer Jazz programs in the country, Litchfield Jazz Camp. CT State Department of Education funds have helped us over the past dozen years to award need-based scholarship support to 25% of our students. Last year our support was cut by $100,000. This year the Governor proposes another $80,000 cut. This will make it impossible for us to support an important scholarship program. Many Litchfield Jazz Camp kids who would not have had a shot at higher education have gone on to receive scholarships to college and made successful lives in music and other fields with the start Litchfield Jazz Camp gave them.
We will not be able to award scholarships this year without your help!
WHAT YOUR DONATION WILL DO:
$1,000 will pay tuition for one student to Jazz Camp for one week. $10,000 will send 10 kids to camp. We will endeavor to raise separate funds ourselves to pay for their room, board and materials. Tuition entitles students to instruction by the best in jazz – musicians like Matt Wilson, Junior Mance, Gary Smulyan, Avery Sharpe, Steve Johns and many more.
For 16 years Litchfield Performing Arts, Inc., a CT not-for profit, has run the Litchfield Jazz Camp. The program hosts over 400 students each summer with a quarter historically on need-based scholarship. This program inspires its young people to become competent musicians and confident, expressive individuals. They share their passion each year with some 7,000 people who attend Litchfield Jazz Festival (click to see lineup) and hear them play alongside professionals like Diana Krall, Brad Mehldau, Ray Charles, Wayne Shorter, Dave Brubeck, Taj Mahal and scores more.
WHAT LJC HAS DONE FOR PAST CAMPERS: Testimonials
"I have seen firsthand the transformative power of this program. One story comes to mind (that of ) an 11-year-old saxophone player I am told came to the camp quite shy and unsure of himself. I was engaged to perform at the 2008 Litchfield Jazz Festival and this student approached me and asked if he could play Take Five with me on stage. A little taken aback I told him he had to ask my alto sax player, Bobby Militello. Bobby smiled and said to him, “You sure you know the tune?” He replied, “Every note!” So, we invited the youngster to join us. I expected to hear a timid playing of the melody, but he “took off” and performed Take Five like a jazz artist before an audience of several thousand."
Dave Brubeck, Musician
"Jenny wanted to be a music therapist. She was a singing student a Litchfield for several years, and a particularly empathetic young woman, and I thought she’d make an excellent music therapist, so I recommended her to a program at Temple U."
Vita Muir, Founder, Litchfield Jazz Camp
'I wanted to let you know I was accepted into Temple University and the Boyer College of Music yesterday. Thank you so much for writing me a recommendation. It means so much to me that you took time to do it. I am ecstatic that I got in and really wanted you to know I am so grateful. I cannot wait to see you this summer at Jazz Camp."
Jenny, Litchfield Jazz Camper, 18
"I can honestly say that going to this camp was the best experience of my life because it provided me an opportunity to achieve some of my major goals in life. I was always afraid of performing but the staff here and the other campers made me so comfortable… If I had any advice to give to kids who are in love with music, I would tell them to attend this camp."
Quasharia, Litchfield Jazz Camper, 14
"Through our association with Litchfield Jazz Camp, we have seen students who were poor achievers and “ok” performers transform into driven, incredibly more positive students. We believe the change in students is because of the positive interactions and high expectations of your staff, a transformative love and passion for Jazz that is infectious and because the Litchfield Jazz Camp removes all focus on race, gender, ethnicities and students can just focus on education and being kids. Litchfield Jazz Camp offers opportunities to children not found anywhere."
Dr. O, Music Supervisor, Bloomfield, CT
"Both of my sons had a terrific week at Jazz Camp. They learned an incredible amount and were really inspired to take their musical studies to the next level of learning."
Litchfield Jazz Camp parent, Germany
Litchfield Performing Arts