December 2021 - Mariah Bishop, a student attending St. Vincent Academy was awarded a scholarship by the Gia Maione Prima Foundation. At a young age, Ms. Bishop’s began creating art. Her pre-existing skills and tools learned in her drawing program has helped her expand into digital artwork where she now uses watercolor.
December 2021 - GMPF is proud to sponsor the 17th Annual Home for the Holidays. The event is an annual fundraising concert in support of the Daniel Price Memorial Fund for Aspiring Artists at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA). This year’s performances included Irma Thomas, John Boutte, Trombone Shorty and Friends, Kermit Ruffins and the BBQ Swingers, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Soul Rebels and Anders Osborne. The Daniel Price Memorial Fund provides a college scholarship to one outstanding NOCCA Visual Arts student each year and provides financial assistance for Visual Arts and Music students at NOCCA through the NOCCA Foundation’s Student Success Program.
December 2021 - The Gia Maione Prima Foundation sponsored the 2021 Tunes for Toys Concert held on Thursday, December 16, 2021 at the Warren Easton High School. The event presided by Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews along with live performances by the young Academy students as well as New Breed Brass Band with Trombone Shorty and the Warren Easton High School Marching Bands, Choir and Units. The event was hosted by Tonya Boyd-Cannon. Admission was free to the public in exchange for a new toy that was given the following day to New Orleans youth at the Trombone Shorty Foundation’s “Toys from Troy” event.
November 2021 - The opening of the “Prima Lobby” located in the second floor space of the Grunin Arts and Education Building at the Count Basie Center, Red Bank, New Jersey is scheduled to take place November 14, 2021. Performances by Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses and Prima Foundation Scholar Jeffery Miller are scheduled. The Prima Lobby will highlight the GMP Foundation’s importance of American Jazz, American popular music, jazz performance and the fine arts. The opening of the Prima Lobby is part of a $27 million expansion of the Count Basie Center to create a world-class creative campus for art education, culture and performing arts.