Letter from JFA Executive Board

Dear Friends,

Thank you for visiting our site and taking the time to learn more about this life-saving organization.

With your help, we are able to deliver on our promise and mission of “saving jazz and blues…one musician at a time.” Your generosity enables us to be there in the darkest hours and meet the needs of those who have spent their lives giving us joy with their music.

For over 23 years, the Jazz Foundation has been the only national organization dedicated to saving the homes and lives of elder jazz and blues musicians in crisis. We have helped thousands of musicians around the country, providing housing, health care, social services and meaningful, dignified work to those in need.

The Jarrett Lilien Emergency Housing Fund helps pays rents and mortgages, keeping hundreds of jazz and blues pioneers, including many New Orleans giants, from eviction and homelessness.

The Agnes Varis Jazz & Blues in the Schools Program creates performance opportunities for elder masters of jazz and blues who, due to age or illness, have limited options for work. The program also helps keep Jazz alive by introducing this great American art form to our children in schools around the country. Since Hurricane Katrina, the program has created over 9,000 opportunities for musicians in need nationally.

For the past 18 years, our partners at Englewood Hospital, through the Dizzy Gillespie Memorial Fund, have provided free medical care and operations, worth many millions of dollars, to over 1,000 musicians.

As we do more, we find there is more to do. We currently provide annual assistance in over 5,000 cases to artists who have helped create America's cultural legacy and who have made our lives more beautiful in the process. We are currently working on plans to establish even greater housing, employment, social and health care support. In this economic environment, we are needed more than ever. That’s why we need you.

We are truly grateful for your support.


Richard D. Parsons, Chairman
Jarrett Lilien, President


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