The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, Jazz Fest’s non-profit arm, looks to expand and enhance its tradition of locally awarded community-partnership grants with two new initiatives that foster new funding opportunities and business-development training for area arts educators and arts entrepreneurs.
The broad umbrella of “arts entrepreneurs” covers small businesses and sole proprietorships working in music, dance, film, theater, culinary arts, literature, visual arts, and design media under the newly established Catapult Fund.
Created in partnership with the Ashe Cultural Arts Center, Louisiana Cultural Foundation, and the Louisiana Small Business Center, the Catapult Fund will spread $50,000 among nine to 12 recipients, who will also benefit from a nine-week, 12-session Catapult Boot Camp for business-development training in credit to social media, bookkeeping, insurance and more.
Applications, due Tuesday, July 15, will be awarded based on their ability to explain their business idea and why it fills a void in our cultural economy.
In addition to the newly created Catapult Fund, the foundation expanded the reach of its community-partnerships grants for school administrators and arts educators.
“We’ve got a new emphases on funding music and art programs at Louisiana K-12 schools,” states Don Marshall, newly installed as executive director of the foundation, which has awarded community-partnership grants since 1979. This new emphasis is shown in the arts-education grants now providing funds for activities held in Louisiana K-12 schools as well as summer activities and after-school programs held by non-profit organizations. Arts educators have until August 1 to apply for upwards of $5,000 to spend in the 2014-15 school year.
For guidelines and applications, visit jazzandheritage.org.