Our Work

For over sixty-five years, our festivals have shown that music has the ability to change lives. Our mission is to foster the legacy and expand the impact of our festivals by supporting artists and music education programs year-round, across the country.





Supporting Music Education

We believe every person deserves access to music education, regardless of socioeconomic status.

Numerous studies have shown that music education helps to develop communication skills, improve test scores and build confidence. By supporting music education initiatives across the country, we’re not only empowering students to reach their full potential but also preserving the genres of jazz and folk music.


We place new and gently used instruments in the hands of deserving students all across the country, from Puerto Rico to Portland OR and Colorado to Newport County.


We work with artists and nonprofits to identify and fund after-school music programs all across the country.


We bring artist ambassadors directly to our partner programs to connect, share, and inspire students. This includes our traveling Newport Jazz Assembly Bands that present assembly programs on the history of Jazz for schools in Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Michigan.


We develop programs to engage and expose students to the traditions of folk and jazz music – from artist visits to student tickets and performances at our festivals.

Supporting Musicians

Artists are at the core of the Newport Festivals community.

Their performances fill us with hope, bring us together in celebration and support us during the good times and the bad. Now it’s our turn to give back. The COVID-19 crisis has proven particularly devastating for musicians whose livelihood is dependent on congregation. As a result, we established the Newport Festivals Musician Relief Fund to provide financial relief to musicians through micro grants and content grants.

Preserving Our Festivals

More than just music festivals, our events are celebrations of the work we do year round.

Founded in 1954 and 1959 respectively, the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals have always strived to present artists who respect and honor jazz and folk music traditions, while at the same time reflecting the changes in trends and the times in which they live. As the first modern music festivals in the US, they continue, to this day, to be leaders and innovators.


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.


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