Artist Gives

Partnering with festival artists to bring music education to those who need it most.

Through our Artist Gives program, Newport Festivals Foundation makes grants on behalf of every artist on the Newport Folk and Jazz lineups to music education programs that they care about.

This is our way of supporting and raising awareness for music education programs doing exceptional work across the country. Through this initiative, we have funded programs that bring music into prisons, provide guitars for veterans, offer music education for refugee and immigrant communities, and more.

Since 2018, our Artist Gives program has made 197 grants totaling $414,787. Here are just a few of our favorites:

Tyler Childers – Instruments for Kentucky

“With Tyler, after he became successful, he didn’t forget where he came from”

In 2023, Newport Festivals Foundation and Tyler Childers made a surprise visit to the high schools he attended as a teenager. NFF and Tyler’s Hickman Holler Appalachian Relief Fund donated over $30,000 worth of instruments and gear to support their music education programs. A huge thank you to Tyler and Senora for understanding the importance of music education and for helping us build the next generation of musicians.

Hurray for the Riff Raff – Puerto Rico

“Music for us, is a healing process”

In December 2018, Newport Festivals Foundation traveled to Puerto Rico with Alynda Mariposa Segarra from Hurray for the Riff Raff to donate over $20,000 worth of musical instruments to public schools in rural areas still recovering from Hurricane Maria.

Chief Xian aTunde Adjuah – New Orleans Public Schools

Creating the next generation of musicians in the birthplace of jazz.

In 2019, we teamed up with Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah and Conn-Selmer Education to present a Master Class and donate $10,000 worth of instruments to McDonogh 35 High School, Christian’s alma mater. After a short performance and Q&A, students were invited on stage to jam – truly powerful to be in the birthplace of jazz, watching Christian engage and inspire the next generation of musicians.

To see a list of Gives by year, click the links below:

2023 ARTIST GIVES 

2022 ARTIST GIVES 

2020 ARTIST GIVES 

2019 ARTIST GIVES 

NEWPORT SESSIONS

Explore our series of free lectures, tutorials, conversations, and performances meant to inspire the next generation of players and fans. Content grants have been provided to many of the participating artists.

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT

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

ARTIST RELIEF GRANTS

INSTRUMENTS DONATED

FREE MUSIC LESSONS

STUDENTS IMPACTED