George Wein Memorial Fund

Achieving George’s dream to have young people from all walks of life experience the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals.

George Wein founded our Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals in 1954 and 1959 respectively, as well as numerous other festivals across the world. George believed that every person, regardless of socioeconomic status, should have the opportunity to experience live music. In 2023, we created the George Wein Memorial Fund to honor George and help achieve his vision. Through this program, every senior from Rogers High School in Newport, RI is able to attend the Newport Jazz and Folk festivals free of charge. Our goal is to invite over 500 students from other high schools across the country. 

If you are a public school teacher and would like to invite your students to attend the festivals, please email 

“Don’t miss the beat”

– George Wein


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