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Nov 12 - Dec 31, 2020

Monterey Jazz Festival


Monterey Jazz Festival (MJF) celebrates the legacy of jazz, expands its boundaries, and provides opportunities to experience jazz through the creative production of performances and educational programs.

The Big Idea

Working with renowned jazz musicians for 62 years, Monterey Jazz Festival incorporates the highest quality teaching artists for their educational experience and musical accomplishments, particularly through their Monterey Jazz in the Schools program. The teaching artists are all alumni of MJF education programs and represent the diversity of the students they serve. In class, students perform side-by-side with world-class professional performing artists, learning about the music and instruments, and developing long-lasting relationships. The program is customized to each school, allowing the teaching artists to encourage students and instructors with a more personal experience and to address the unique needs of each site. MJF also holds a professional development workshop with teachers to help them create a learning experience best suited to their students’ needs and skill level.

I would like to thank the Monterey Jazz Festival. My school and students have benefited greatly from the support of the Jazz in the Schools program. The traveling clinicians are excellent, and we’ve found their input to be one of the reasons Pacific Grove Middle School has continued to develop its jazz program. It has been an amazing opportunity for my students to experience the hands-on approach and close contact with such amazing artists.

- Barbara Priest

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 $5.3 million for 163 local nonprofits in 2019.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $27 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 4,902 donors. We did it, together.

APPLY FOR Monterey County Gives!

The 2020 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) is active until August 1. Monterey County Gives! 2020 campaign kicks off in early November.