Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz

Washington, DC   |  https://hancockinstitute.org

Mission

The Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz is a nonprofit education organization with a mission to offer the world’s most promising young musicians college level training by internationally acclaimed jazz masters and to present public school music education programs for young people around the world. The Institute preserves, perpetuates and expands jazz as a global art form, and utilizes jazz as a means to unite people of all ages, backgrounds and nationalities. All of the Institute’s programs are provided free of charge to students, schools and communities worldwide. The Institute’s programs use jazz as the medium to encourage imaginative thinking, creativity, a positive self-image, and a respect for one’s own and others’ cultural heritage.

Ruling year info

1988

President

Mr. Thomas R. Carter

Main address

5225 Wisconsin Avenue, NW Suite 605

Washington, DC 20015 USA

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EIN

52-1544030

NTEE code info

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Music (A68)

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Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz Performance

Begun in 1995, this intensive two year college level program enables a select group of the world's most gifted young musicians to study tuition free with legendary jazz musicians and educators including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Dianne Reeves, Jimmy Heath, John Scofield, and Danilo Perez. Hancock and Shorter serve as the program's Distinguished Professors. This performance-based program has become the model college jazz education program for the world. In fall 2018, the Institute welcomed its 12th class to the program at the Herb Alpert School of Music at UCLA in Los Angeles.

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In 2000, the Institute launched an Internet-based jazz curriculum (www.jazzinamerica.org) designed to be taught in every 5th, 8th, and 11th grade public school American history and social studies classroom in the United States. Offered at no cost, the curriculum examines the evolution of jazz styles, the contributions of important performers, and the musical techniques involved in the creation and performance of jazz. The curriculum has the potential to educate as many as 12 million students each year. A public school touring component of the program, led by renowned jazz artists including Antonio Hart, Vanessa Rubin and Bobby Watson, has reached tens of thousands of students and teachers. The most recent addition to the curriculum is The Blues and Jazz - Two American Classics (www.thebluesandjazz.org).

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Established in 1987, this is the world’s most prestigious jazz competition. Each competition focuses on a different instrument, and features an all-star judging panel. The Competition has launched the careers of pianists Marcus Roberts and Jacky Terrasson; saxophonist Joshua Redman; vocalists Jane Monheit and Cecile McLorin Salvant; bassist Ben Williams; trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire; and many other jazz greats. Dozens of semifinalists have forged successful careers as jazz performers and educators. The first place winner receives a guaranteed recording contract with Concord Records.

Population(s) Served

Since 1989, the Institute has gone into public schools across the United States and around the world, introducing millions of young people to the cultural richness of jazz. Master classes, workshops and concerts are presented by leading jazz musicians and educators to help students foster a sense of creativity and self-esteem and to provide children with role models. Programs are provided on a daily basis in Washington, DC and Los Angeles, and on a weekly basis in Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Miami, the Mississippi Delta, New Orleans and San Francisco.

Population(s) Served

The United Nations and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated April 30 as International Jazz Day to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. The Institute serves as the lead nonprofit organization charged with planning and promoting this annual worldwide celebration. International Jazz Day is recognized on the official calendars of both the United Nations and UNESCO. Every year on April 30, universities, libraries, schools, arts centers, organizations of all disciplines, UNESCO and United Nations missions, embassies and government outposts around the world host special events and concerts to honor this revered musical art form that for over a century has brought together people of different cultures, religions and nationalities. Each year, International Jazz Day is celebrated through thousands of programs in more than 190 countries on all seven continents, and reaches more than 3 billion people worldwide across print and digital press coverage, television and radio transmissions, public performances, education and enrichment programs, and social media.

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Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz

Board of directors
as of 5/26/2020
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Board chair

Herbie Hancock

jazz pianist and composer

Herbie Hancock, Chairman

Jazz pianist and composer

James Farmer, Treasurer

President, James E. Farmer Consulting

Thomas Carter, President

Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz

Irina Bokova

Former Director-General, UNESCO

Wayne Shorter

Jazz saxophonist and composer