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Monterey Jazz Festival


Our mission is to inspire the discovery and celebration of jazz, anchored by an iconic festival.

The Big Idea

In response to the May 2020 protests around racial injustice, and as a jazz organization based in a Black cultural art form, the Monterey Jazz Festival (MJF) has increased its resolve to better diversify the audience served by its education programs to reach lower-income listeners and people of color. MJF will work directly with world-class Black jazz musician and educator Gerald Clayton to build a pipeline for Monterey County youth to enjoy, learn about, and play jazz music. MJF is committed to providing high-quality music education, mentorship and community engagement opportunities to students who otherwise would not have access to them.

One of the greatest things Monterey Jazz Festival has given me- especially as a young African American woman in the performing arts – is the confidence in my own voice as a jazz artist and a world citizen. Being able to work with music legends who mentor and inspire all of us, I’m part of a passionate, determined group of young people who are engaged in enduring conversation that will continue throughout our lives.

- Akili Bradley

We’re In This Together

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $7.8 million for 162 local nonprofits in 2020.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $35 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful. Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 7,578 donors. We did it, together.

The 2021 Campaign begins November 11.

APPLY FOR Monterey County Gives!

The 2021 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is due by midnight July 31st. Monterey County Gives! 2021 campaign kicks off in early November.