The New Orleans Arts and Cultural Host Committee (NOACHC) has been presenting Jazz Camp since 2000 and enjoys mutually beneficial relationships with many local, national and international organizations. In an era when public schools are forced to cut back on arts and music education, there is a need to offer projects, which promote creative thinking and expressions. The NOACHC, Jazz Camp faculty, staff, along with our partners, sponsors and supporters are committed to providing young people with productive activities to keep them positively involved.  The discipline employed in learning music is a character-building skill, which is useful throughout life.

NOACHC greatly cherishes and appreciates the many individuals and philanthropic organizations that have and continue to support our efforts. The development of strategic partnerships has insured the success and longevity of the camp.

The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation (New York) is the primary sponsor and supporter of Jazz Camp.  Louis and Lucille Armstrong created this foundation.  All assets from their estate were left to the Foundation.  The camp’s biggest cheerleader was the late Phoebe Jacobs.  Mrs. Jacobs was a publicist, Jazz historian, and friend to the world’s most gifted and prominent Jazz artists. Phoebe Jacobs served as the executive vice president of the Armstrong Foundation until her death.  The New York based organization is dedicated to supporting Jazz education and perpetuating the legacy and contributions of both Louis and Lucille Armstrong.

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Positive Vibrations Foundation (PVF) is a Louisiana based non-profit organization created to encourage community through the development and preservation of the arts, music, culture and heritage. PVF’s contribution supports instrument rentals and maintenance for Jazz Camp. PVF has continued to back the Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp, even expanding the relationship by providing scholarships to out-of-state youth.

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) has supported Jazz Camp since 2004.  ASCAP funds the camp’s artist-in-residence program through which a national Jazz icon is engaged to spend the last week of Jazz Camp teaching and performing with camp students and fellow faculty members. This component is an invaluable contribution to the exposure, enthusiasm and dreams of Jazz Camp participants.

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The Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered  by the Arts Council New Orleans.

 

The relationship with Jazz At Lincoln Center (JALC) officially began in 2005 immediately following Hurricane Katrina.  New Orleans native son, Wynton Marsalis and JALC made it possible for the Armstrong Jazz Camp to continue in spite of its citizens falling victim to one of our nation’s largest natural disasters.   JALC and NOACHC continue to enjoy a beneficial relationship that has yielded benefits to the Armstrong Camp.

Loyola University has housed the Louis Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp since 2008. NOACHC, the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Loyola University and the University of New Orleans have created a partnership that includes summer music education programming, after-school and in-school instructions provided by professional Jazz and classical musician/educators going to local middle and high schools working with band directors/teachers and students.

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