SMF Jazz Academy

SMF Jazz Academy

RON & SUSAN WHITAKER, FOUNDING SPONSORS

Aaron Jennings, SMF Jazz Academy Manager
Benje Daneman, SMF Jazz Academy Music Director
Reagan Raffaele, SMF Jazz Academy Program Assistant

SMF Jazz Academy is a year-long after-school jazz program that aims to empower the whole student by instilling life-long skills of academic, social, and musical achievement. SMF Jazz Academy is completely free to all Savannah-Chatham County Public School System (SCCPSS) students in grades 5 through 12 and open to ALL music levels.

22-23 ENROLLMENT INFO

SMF Jazz Academy is held at the School of Humanities at Juliette Gordon Low Elementary and the Salvation Army Community Center. We are grateful for our partnership with SCCPSS, 21st Century Learning Centers, and the Salvation Army!

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Savannah Music Festival provides SMF Jazz Academy at no cost to participants through the generous support of donors and sponsors. Thank you! 

SMF Jazz Academy’s founding sponsors are Ron & Susan Whitaker.

Investment in Savannah Music Festival’s SMF Jazz Academy is provided by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation.

SMF Jazz Academy is sponsored by the Chestnut Family Foundation, City of Savannah, Charles A. Frueauff Foundation, Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., National Endowment for the Arts, Savannah-Chatham County Public School System and May Wall, Walter Lynch & May Li Wall Lynch.

SMF Jazz Academy is sponsored in part by the Walter G. Canipe Foundation, Kiwanis Club of Skidaway, Kole Management Company, The Mockingbird Foundation, Robert M. & Diane v.S. Levy and Anne P. West.

Partial support for SMF Jazz Academy is provided by The Arts Ashore Legacy Fund of the Savannah Community Foundation, Atlanta Gas Light, Find Your Light Foundation, Georgia Council for the Arts, Hodge Foundation, Jill Kammermeyer & Robert Hochstetler, Vicki & Jerry McElreath, Pincus Family Foundation, Publix Super Markets Charities and United Community Bank.

Additional support comes from Classics for Kids Foundation, Christine Collins & Marc Carignan, Edward Dumas, D’Addario Foundation, Great Dane, Mimi, Joe & Parnell Krupp, and Amanda Montford.


The above list represents support provided within the last 12 months as of 09.08.2022.