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Mar 22, 2022

Newport Festivals Foundation makes grants to music education programs on behalf of every artist on the Newport Folk and Jazz Festival Lineups.

For over sixty-six years, our events have defined the modern day festival paradigm. Yet we feel the need to be so much more to our music community. Are we empowering artists? Are we supporting the next generation of musicians? Are we inspiring our fans? In short, can we be doing more?

While we’ve laid the groundwork as a non-profit in recent years, it has become clear that the increasing burden to sustain music education in America is falling squarely on communities like ours.

Therefore, on top of all the local work we are doing in Rhode Island, we are making a commitment to partner with festival artists to donate to music education causes of their choosing.

In light of the COVID pandemic, Newport Festivals Foundation has created a Musician Relief Fund to support musicians from our Folk & Jazz communities that have been impacted by the virus. The following artists have asked their donations to be directed to the fund: Goose, Rhiannon Giddens Silk Road, Skullcrusher and Beabadoobee 


On behalf of Dakhabrakha , Newport Festivals Foundation has made a grant to Artists at Risk, an organization supporting artists fleeing from Ukraine. Funds will be used to provide resources and support residences offering temporary relocation for Ukrainian artists.

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Newport Festivals Foundation has made a donation to Buffalo String Works. BSW provides music education for Buffalo’s refugee and immigrant communities. Funds will be used towards salaries for skilled and creative Teaching Artists, who are keeping students engaged by deftly transitioning to virtual learning in the midst of the current health crisis

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Newport Festivals Foundation has made a grant on behalf of Phil Cook to BUMP: The Triangle to help empower urban youth in Durham, NC through African diasporic music and mentoring. 

Valerie June

On behalf of Valerie June, Newport Festivals Foundation has made a grant to The Soulsville Foundation’s Stax Music Academy. Stax is an after school and summer music institute located adjacent to the home of the legendary ’60s-’70s soul record label Stax Records. Funds will be used to provide a full scholarship for a Stax Music Academy student for their Summer Music Experience.

Mandy Moore

Newport Festivals Foundation has made a donation to Girls Rock! Rhode Island. The funds will be used to plan and execute free virtual music lessons and gear loan programs for women, girls, trans, and non-binary youth and adults who have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.


Newport Festivals Foundation will be making a grant on behalf of Clairo to Nuci’s Space, which uses music to help prevent suicide. Funds will be used to provide music lessons with a focus on positive mental health. Thank you, Clairo for recommending this organization and we can’t wait to see you at the Fort! 

Taj Mahal

On behalf of Taj Mahal we have made a grant to the Music Maker Foundation. The grant will be used to fund an exhibit to educate the public about musical heritage and histories of racial terror, rural black life, and art, resistance & civil rights.

Hermanos Gutiérrez

Newport Festivals Foundation has provided a grant to Anahuacalmecac World School. The grant will support a new artist in residence collaboration with Xiuhtezcatl Martinez focused on the development of an ancestral song and a modernized expression of Indigenous survivance. This project will expand their current music education to focus on connecting indigenous language revitalization and popularization.

John Moreland

On behalf of John Moreland, Newport Festivals Foundation has made a donation to Appalachian Artisan Center’s “Culture of Recovery” program which helps those impacted by the opioid crisis learn to build stringed instruments. Funds will be used to purchase wood, strings, and other supplies for the students of the luthiery school.

Joy Oladokun

On behalf of Joy, Newport Festivals Foundation has made a grant to W.O. Smith/Nashville Community Music School. Funds will be used to support the hiring of music staff for Camp BackBeat, a weeklong experience for students in Nashville interested in forming bands and performing live.

Arooj Aftab

On behalf of Arooj Aftab, Newport Festivals Foundation has made a donation to The Lower Eastside Girls Club. Funding will be used to support their sound studio programs where girls learn technical skills such as DJing (both digital and using turntables), music production, sound engineering, music theory, and radio journalism.

Neal Francis

Through our Artist Gives program, Neal has asked that Newport Festivals Foundation make a grant to The Roots of Music, which empowers the youth of New Orleans through music education. The grants will be used to purchase cymbals for their Marching Crusader Band that provides over 2,500 hours of music education and academic tutoring, over 30,400 nutritious hot meals, 1,400 bus journeys, and over 150 instruments for student use.

Durand Jones

Durand has asked Newport Festivals Foundation to make a grant to Decolonizing the Music Room, whose mission is to center Black, Brown, Indigenous, and Asian voices, knowledge, and experiences in music education and related fields. The funds will help bring a teaching artist specializing in American roots music to local orchestra students in Fort Worth, Texas.

Sierra Ferrell

On Sierra’s behalf, Newport Festivals Foundation has made a grant to The River House, a community-based arts and music program in Sierra’s home state of West Virginia. Funds will be used to support their music and art experiences for under-served populations in their community, particularly youth and elders.

Hannah Georgas

Hannah Georgas has asked Newport Festivals Foundation to make a grant to Bay Area Girls Rock Camp, which empowers young people through music. The grant will be used to fund music lessons, workshops, group activities, and performances.

Trampled by Turtles

Newport Festivals Foundation has made a grant on behalf of Trampled by Turtles to Purple Playground, which teaches Prince-inspired music education in Minneapolis. The grant will go towards their “Academy of Prince” program, where students learn Prince history and write and record their own songs, with help from teachers, guest speakers, and musicians.

The Dead Tongues

On behalf of The Dead Tongues, Newport Festivals Foundation has made a grant to the The Black Banjo Reclamation Project, whose mission is to return instruments of African origin to the descendants of their original makers. These funds will directly support one of their cohorts of Black banjo builders who will be convening this Summer for a training aimed to grow their base of educators involved with the BBRP to reach more communities interested in pursuing paths of creation through the banjo in Black-centered and in many cases, all Black spaces.

Adia Victoria

Adia has asked Newport Festivals Foundation to make a donation to Jessi Zazu, Inc. which supports the arts and humanities, social justice, and women’s health. The funds will help them purchase supplies, and film a soldering workshop on how to create guitar fuzz pedals.

Madi Diaz

On Madi’s behalf, Newport Festivals Foundation has made a grant to Youth Empowerment through Arts & Humanities, Inc. in Nashville, which builds a culture of positive self-esteem and collaboration among girls and gender non-conforming youth. The grant will be used for their Scholarship Fund which helps send youth to their Rock Camps, an eight-week experience where students form their own rock band.

Maren Morris

On Maren’s behalf, Newport Festivals Foundation has made a donation to Little Kids Rock, which helps schools to provide innovative music education. With this funding, Little Kids Rock will be able to put an instrument in the hands of 10 students across the country.


Your donation to Newport Festivals Foundation will help ensure the future of our festivals and support musicians and music education programs across the country.