Wow, what a night!
Jazz Up Jackson Street, the Earshot jazz event featuring Garfield High School, Washington Middle School and alumni musicians brought down the house on October 10th at Town Hall. Attended by more than 600 people, we raised over $45,000 to go toward building equity and creating a sustainable, more diverse demographic representation in music programs at our Central District schools.
If you haven’t made your contribution yet, there is still time. We need at least $50,000 to meet our goal of providing new instruments to those who need them most, bringing in local coaches and connecting with organizations that support equity in music education in the Central District. It’s all about building a more inclusive and accessible music program where every kid can flourish and feel a sense of belonging as they navigate middle and high school.
Make a Donation
Help provide instruments for every student who wants to learn to play music but may not be able to afford one. From cellos to trombones to drums and more, providing access to music is our priority. Help us hire additional coaches and instructors to better represent an ethnically diverse community to work with our students. Having access to one-on-one or small group lessons is crucial to the success of beginner musicians in particular. Fund outreach and support for feeder elementary schools, assist in develop ing a more culturally responsive music curriculum, support community engagement events, and enable students to participate in music festivals, community ensembles, and travel experiences.
All contributions are tax deductible. Donations made in connection with Jazz Up Jackson Street will be collected by FOWM (Friends of Washington Music, a 501(c)3 EIN: 91-1696473) and distributed among Washington MS and Garfield HS to support music programs and outreach to elementary feeder schools. You can enter a different donation amount by clicking any of the buttons above. To donate by check – please send to 2025 Fairview Ave E, Unit N, Seattle, WA 98102 made out to Jazz Up Jackson Street. To contribute via a DAF, recommend a contribution to Friends of Washington Music and indicate that it’s in connection with Jazz Up Jackson Street.
Supporting Our Kids
School music programs in the Central District have a long history of excellence that has been recognized both regionally and nationally. However, the student musicians in these programs have historically underrepresented the diversity in our schools. We are here to change that.
We have a five-year goal of reaching more equal demographic representation across our music programs, particularly in advanced ensembles. For example, starting in the 2019-2020 school year, all 6th grade Washington Middle School students will be enrolled in a performing music ensemble. This will require a significant increase in funding toward the purchase of new instruments, instructional materials and lessons. Will you help us?