Perpetuate the Tradition
Who We Are:
Preservation Hall was established by Allan and Sandra Jaffe in 1961, as a performance space supporting Traditional New Orleans Jazz and the rich African-American musical legacy of New Orleans. Preservation Hall's engagement with a diverse community of musical and artistic collaborators has brought New Orleans music into the eye of the global mainstream and helped to revitalize the local cultural economy. In 2011, Ben Jaffe - Creative Director, Member of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and son of the Hall's founders - created the Preservation Hall Foundation to protect, preserve, and perpetuate the musical traditions and heritage of New Orleans.
What We Do:
Now until December 31st, 2016, you can contribute to the tradition and help the Preservation Hall Foundation's initiatives in a variety of ways. The Foundation’s programs fit into four areas:
- Education: The Preservation Hall Foundation's primary activity is developing educational programming, targeting high-risk youth and troubled areas in New Orleans with no current music programs in their schools. These programs focus on experiential settings for students to learn by playing and receive mentorship from professional teaching artists.
- Outreach: Preservation Hall Foundation's outreach program supports our mission by extending traditional jazz music and culture outside of New Orleans. The primary ambassadors of Outreach activities are our touring Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Activities include free performances at schools, libraries, and other public spaces as well as lectures and master classes in academic and professional settings.
- Archive Preservation: The Preservation Hall Foundation's archives program protects and honors the tens of thousands of documents, instruments, artwork and other historically important artifacts collected by Preservation Hall over the past 50 years.
- Legacy: The Legacy program honors and support New Orleans' culture-bearers in their later years, with a stable salary for their public roles as educators and community musicians.
Starting November 29th and throughout the month of December, we have a goal to raise $50,000. Your gift of $25.00 or more will directly support our programming in 2016 and beyond! Specific programs for the Preservation Hall Foundation include:
- Neighborhood Horns and Drums: Since 2014, this flagship program has provided one-year Teaching Artists to schools in the Greater New Orleans area with a high rate of poverty and lack of music education opportunities. In 2015-16, the program saw the completion of its first academic cycle and rapidly expanded to include four schools and two detention centers.
- Private Lessons and Mentorship: For the past five years, this program has provided personal musical mentorship to educate young men and women through authentic musical experiences by partnering students with a professional musician from the Preservation Hall Collective in long-term, one-on-one practice. By the end of 2015, the Private Lessons program saw a dramatic spike in enrollment, with 25 students consistently participating.
- Kids in the Hall Field Trips: Kids in the Hall is our student concert field trip program for local elementary, middle, and high school students. More than 10,000 students attend annually, experience a live concert, while also learning about the history of Traditional New Orleans Jazz.
- Masterclasses: This program provides masterclasses in Brass Band and Traditional New Orleans Jazz year-round to educators and music programs in the Greater New Orleans area.
- Brass Bandbook: The Brass Bandbook is the Preservation Hall Foundation's free online-resources, made up of transcriptions and arrangements from the venerable Brass Band tradition of New Orleans.
- Tour Outreach: When the Preservation Hall Jazz Band is on the road, the Preservation Hall Foundation offers free outreach events, which range from open soundchecks to masterclasses to performances. Tour Outreach is offered on 100% of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band's tour dates.
- International Outreach: Launched in 2015 with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band's inaugural trip to Cuba, the International Outreach program build long term bonds with other communities by sharing our knowledge, network, and resources to help sustain indigenous musical traditions.
- Legacy: The Legacy Program began as a way to honor the oldest members of the Preservation Hall Community. Through this initiative, musicians and culture-bearers who have dedicated their lives to further the music and culture of New Orleans are compensated with financial and professional resources. In 2015, the Preservation Hall Foundation named Freddie Lonzo and Joe Lastie their first Hall Fellows, whose role is to serve as a full-time educator within the New Orleans community.