Charter School Residency Program

Charter School Residency program

In our charter school residency program, Jazz Empowers operates jazz programs at low income serving charter schools.

Here is how the program works.

1.) Charter schools apply to be a part of the program by the April 11th deadline.

2.) Jazz Empowers reviews applications and accepts the schools are the best fit for the program. The school acceptance rate for the 2018-2019 school year was 21%.

3.) Accepted charter schools pay Jazz Empowers a programming fee, usually between $11,000-$17,000. This fee includes all instruments, instructor stipends, and curriculum materials.

4.) Jazz Empowers hires a highly qualified music educator to lead the school’s jazz program.

5.) Jazz Empowers runs the jazz program 2-3 times per week for the entire school year.

Our bands work toward performing an end of year concert where students get to perform for their families and school community.

We have a variety of options available to schools based on each school’s goal for their jazz program. Our three options include jazz bands, group jazz piano classes, and bucket drumming classes.

In order to be considered for one of Jazz Empowers placement schools, each school needs to fill out an application by the April 11th deadline. If you have any questions, contact

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Charter School Consulting

Starting a full band program from scratch can be an overwhelming endeavor for charter schools.  What type of experiences and skill sets do we look for in an instructor?  How do we know a band director is qualified if none of our staff have a background in music? What type of music programming is going to fit best with my school’s size and culture? How do we purchase instruments for our students if most cannot afford them? These questions too often lead to roadblocks in implementing successful band programs in charter schools.

At Jazz Empowers we have seen these issues firsthand in schools as they try to start a program from scratch, or as they try to transition from the 2-3 times a week programming we offer to implementing a full-scale band program.   In response to this need, we at Jazz Empowers now offer a consulting service as part of our existing Charter School Residency Program.   The main goal of our consulting services is to use our expertise in starting jazz programs in charter schools to support schools as they start and/or grow their full scale band program at their school. 

If you are interested in this program please read through the pdf below or contact our staff at

Charter School Consulting Information Sheet