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.


Savannah Music Festival would like to thank all of the supporters who have helped to fund SMF’s education programs this season.


Major Investment By

Ron & Susan Whitaker, SMF Jazz Academy
Savannah-Chatham County Public School System, General Education

Sponsorship Provided by

City of Savannah, General Education
Charles A. Frueauff Foundation, General Education
Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, General Education

May Wall, Walter Lynch & May Li Wall Lynch, General Education

Sponsorship Provided In Part By

Anonymous, Musical Explorers
The Arts Ashore Legacy Fund of The Savannah Community Foundation, Inc., SMF Jazz Academy
Atlanta Gas Light, Musical Explorers
Walter G. Canipe Foundation, General Education
The Courtney Knight Gaines Foundation, Musical Explorers
Marla & Morris Geffen, Musical Explorers
Georgia Council for the Arts, SMF Jazz Academy
Georgia Music Foundation, Musical Explorers
The Hodge Foundation, SMF Jazz Academy
International Paper, Musical Explorers
Kiwanis Club of Skidaway, SMF Jazz Academy
Kole Management Company, General Education
J C Lewis Foundation, Musical Explorers
Vicki & Jerry McElreath, General Education
The Mockingbird Foundation, SMF Jazz Academy
Mrs. Ellen O’Bannon, SMF Jazz Academy
The One Hundred Children’s Foundation, Musical Explorers
Publix Supermarket Charities, SMF Jazz Academy


Additional Support By

Anonymous, Musical Explorers
Scott Center & Tatsiana Shakhmuts, Musical Explorers
Christine Collins & Marc Carignan, SMF Jazz Academy
D’Addario Foundation, SMF Jazz Academy
Paul & Deb Fagan, Musical Explorers
Toby W. Hollenberg, Musical Explorers
Mimi, Joe & Parnell Krupp, General Education
Amanda Montford, General Education
Jacqueline & Ken Sirlin, Musical Explorers
Betty Trautwein, in memory of Bill Trautwein, General Education
Mary Beth Winslow & Bill Darby, Musical Explorers

Updated 12.21.22