Community Impact

Community Impact

Since 2003, Savannah Music Festival has grown a music education program that is unlike that of any arts organization in the region. It is rooted in our belief that the arts are fundamental to the cognitive, affective, physical and intellectual development of all children and young adults.

Through the generous support of donors and sponsors, Savannah Music Festival is able to provide its suite of education and community outreach programs at no cost to participating students or their families, teachers, or schools.

New in 2023!

Explorer Pass

SMF’s Explorer Pass offers free admission to general admission shows for SCCPSS students
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Local Programs

SMF Jazz Academy

SMF Jazz Academy is a FREE after-school jazz program! Students have the opportunity to learn how to play jazz on an instrument, receive weekly private instrument lessons, discover how to improv, participate in special masterclasses, and MUCH MORE!
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Musical Explorers

Musical Explorers, a year-round program developed in partnership with Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, is designed to connect students in grades K-2 to the diverse musical community that exists right outside their front door. > Find out more




National Programs

Acoustic Music Seminar

Sixteen of the world’s most talented young string players, all under the age of 22, travel to Savannah for a week of hands-on instruction in playing, songwriting, and ensemble work during this groundbreaking mentorship program, led by acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Mike Marshall.

Acoustic Music Seminar is currently on hiatus and will not be accepting applications for 2023.


Swing Central Jazz

In this unique workshop and competition, twelve high school jazz bands from across the country spend three days immersed in the world of swing and big band jazz. More than 300 high school students learn about improvisation, instrumental techniques and big band repertoire.

Swing Central Jazz is currently on hiatus and will not be accepting applications for 2023.


We would like to thank every who have helped to support Savannah Music Festival’s Community Impact efforts this year!

Major Investment By

Savannah-Chatham County Public School System
May Wall, Walter Lynch & May Li Wall Lynch

Ron & Susan Whitaker

Sponsorship Provided by

City of Savannah
Charles A. Frueauff Foundation
Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation

Sponsorship Provided In Part By

Walter G. Canipe Foundation
Find Your Light Foundation
Marla & Morris Geffen
Kole Management Company
Robert M. & Diane v.S. Levy
J C Lewis Foundation

Johanna Anderson Trueblood Foundation

Partial Support Provided By

Atlanta Gas Light
Georgia Council for the Arts
International Paper
Kiwanis Club of Skidaway
Dayle & Aaron Levy
Mrs. Ellen O’Bannon

The One Hundred Children’s Foundation
Publix Super Markets Charities

Additional Support By

Christine Collins & Marc Carignan
Paul & Deb Fagan
Georgia Music Foundation

AM Goldkrand
Toby W. Hollenberg

Margie & B.H. Levy, Jr.

Ben & Carol Osbun in honor of Ron & Susan Whitaker
Gary & Cindy Reedy
James & Karen Schuler in memory of Bill Trautwein
Carolyn Szlasa in honor of Carol and Jim Fallon

Jacqueline & Ken Sirlin
Betty Trautwein, in memory of Bill Trautwein
Walmart #635

Gail & Paul Wickes