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Count Basie Center for the Arts

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. 

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Max’s Kansas City

October 2021 -  Yvonne Sewall was reported in a publication regarding the  philanthropic mission of Max’s Kansas City.  In 2001, the non-profit was established to continue the legacy of good deeds of the famed Mickey Ruskin.  It’s mission is to aid struggling artists with emergency relief in need of housing, medical and legal aid.  It’s program FEARLESSYOUth focuses on helping with substance abuse and suicide prevention for teens.   The Gia Maione Prima Foundation has committed to a multi-year grant supporting the programs of Max’s Kansas City Foundation. 

Click here to read news article re Max’s Kansas City

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2021 Shorty Fest

October 2021 -  GMPF has partnered with the Trombone Shorty Foundation to sponsor the 2021 Shorty Fest.      The event will feature performances by Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue along with Galactic featuring Anjelika “Jelly” Joseph, The Soul Rebels, Cimafunk, and special guests Tarriona “Tank” Ball, and the students of the Trombone Shorty Academy.  An outdoor street festival will also feature live music by New Orleans Nightcrawlers, New Breed Brass Band, Big Chief Juan Pardo & the Golden Commanches, and the Warren Easton High School Marching Band. A Walk of Fame induction ceremony will honor Cyril Neville.  All proceeds support the Trombone Shorty Foundation’s educational programs that include traditional jazz music education, instruction,  mentorship and performance designed to provide opportunities for the next generation of NOLA jazz artists.

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Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival

September 2021 -   As part of a multi-year commitment, the GMPF proudly sponsored the Gift of Music program benefitting the residents of Knollwood Military Retirement Community which is operated by the Army Distaff Foundation. In conjunction with the sponsorship, Louis Prima, Jr. and the Witnesses will be performing on September 17, 2021.

Click here to learn more about the Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival 

Click here to read article regarding Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival

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Army Distaff Foundation

September 2021 -   As part of a multi-year commitment, the GMPF proudly sponsored the Gift of Music program benefitting the residents of Knollwood Military Retirement Community which is operated by the Army Distaff Foundation. In conjunction with the sponsorship, Louis Prima, Jr. and the Witnesses will be performing on September 17, 2021.

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Asbury Park Music Foundation

August 2021 - GMPF is sponsoring the Asbury Park Music Foundation Youth Music Program.  The program “Music Mondays” offers free concerts throughout the summer.  The series of concerts offer diverse styles of music.  The series is part of Asbury Park Music Foundation’s goal to unite the community, support local musicians and inspire under-served youth with life changing music education.    In conjunction with the sponsorship, performances by Louis Prima, Jr. and the Witnesses and NOCCA/Prima Foundation Scholar Jeffery Miller will be held on  July 19th and August 16th.

Click here to learn more about the Asbury Park Music Foundation “Music Mondays”

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Jeffery Miller Quartet with Middle School Summer Music Campers performing What a Wonderful World.

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Jeffery Miller Quartet with Middle School Summer Music Campers performing What a Wonderful World.

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Jazz Arts Project

July 2021 - The GMP Foundation is sponsoring Jazz Arts Project whose education and scholarship programs provide tools for future generations by introducing jazz to a diverse student population with an emphasis towards at-risk and underserved youth.  Jazz Arts Project offers a middle school summer music camp and produces Jazz in the Park, a free jazz concert held in Riverside Gardens Park located in Red Bank, New Jersey.  In conjunction with the sponsorship, Jeffery Miller Quartet will perform on July 22, 2021 at Jazz in the Park Kick-off Party.

Click here to read article found in Trinews.com

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Jeffery Miller Quartet with Middle School Summer Music Campers performing What a Wonderful World.

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Jeffery Miller Quartet with Middle School Summer Music Campers performing What a Wonderful World.

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Count Basie Center for the Arts

July 2021 - GMPF has partnered with Count Basie Center for the Arts and Red Bank’s Jazz Arts Project for a free, two week summer music camp for students interested in jazz music.  The Louis and Gia Maione Prima Music Camp will take place during the weeks of July 12 and July 19, 2021.  The summer program is available to 3rd through 8th grade students throughout Monmouth County.  The program will give the opportunity for hands-on instruction to young musicians from experienced music educators.  Specialized instruction will be offered by Jeffery Miller, 2013 scholar of the ASCAP Foundation Louis Prima Award.

Click here to read Press Release regarding the Louis and Gia Maione Prima Music Camp

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Warren Easton Charter High School Foundation

June 2021 - The GMP Foundation sponsored the 2021 Warren Easton High School Summer Camp as part of a multi-year commitment.  The four week summer program will offer students music instruction in jazz, marching band, choreography, concert band and percussion.   Specialized instruction will include a NOCCA/Prima Foundation Scholar Glenn Hall of the Rebirth Brass Band, Scott Johnson, Kirk Mathis, Raymond Ellison, Julian Gosin, Manuel Perkins and Revon Andrews.  ​

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New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts

June 2021 - Two students of the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, an institution dedicated to the advancement of the fine arts, received awards sponsored by the GMP Foundation.   Susan Hufft received the Auseklis Ozols Scholarship and Duane Couch received the Dorothy J. Coleman, Patron of the Arts Award. 

by Susan Hufft, recipient of the Dorothy J. Coleman, Patron of the Arts Award
by Susan Hufft, recipient of the Dorothy J. Coleman, Patron of the Arts Award

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by Duane Couch, recipient of the Auseklis Ozols Scholarship
by Duane Couch, recipient of the Auseklis Ozols Scholarship

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by Susan Hufft, recipient of the Dorothy J. Coleman, Patron of the Arts Award
by Susan Hufft, recipient of the Dorothy J. Coleman, Patron of the Arts Award

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Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra/Music for Life Program

June 2021 - The Music for Life program provided lessons to 40 students at five schools during the 2020-2021 school year.  A final performance was held in-person in City Park on May 8, 2021.  On-line music education lessons were provided to low-income and undeserved students in the New Orleans community. The program is designed to mentor students by orchestra musicians, develop life skills, and provide positive role models. All instrument and program costs are free to all participating students.  The Music for Life Program also offered a four week summer in-person camp commencing on June 21, 2021. 

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Max’s Kansas City Project

June 2021 - As part of a multi-year grant to support Max’s Kansas City Fearless Youth Program, the GMPF has presented a grant to Ciara Teague, art student at Saugerties High School.

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Northshore Community Foundation

June 2021 - GMPF has partnered with the Northshore Community Foundation in supporting the Dick Knight Award.  The spirit of the award is to recognize and reward a Northshore nonprofit staff for their diligence, commitment, resiliency, vision and excellence to the Louisiana region.   On June 28, 2021, Reverend Stephen Holzhalb, III, Executive Officer of Christwood Retirement Community, was awarded the Dick Knight Award for the 50 plus years of nonprofit service to the Northshore. 

Click here to read the article regarding The Rev. Stephen Holzhalb Wins Dick Knight Award

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Kathryn Knight (daughter); Rev. Stephen Holzhalb, III, Susan B. Bourgeois, President & CEO of the Northshore Community Foundation; Susan Knight Davis (daughter); and Lisa Wilson, chair of the Northshore Community Foundation

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St. Vincent Academy

June 2021 - A scholarship sponsored by the GMP Foundation was awarded to graduating senior Trinity Reece of St. Vincent Academy.  Ms. Reece will be attending New Jersey Institute of Technology and plans to pursue a career in Computer Science with a minor in Graphic Design. 

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Jazz House Kids

June 2021 - As part of a multi-year commitment, the GMPF proudly supports the six week summer program for students along with a two one week intensive in-person summer program.  These summer programs enable students from underserved communities and low income families to explore their creativity, collaborate with their peers, sharpen technical skills on their instrument and strengthen their skills in composition and improvisation.  

Click here to read more about Jazz House Kids 2021 Summer Program

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New Orleans Arts and Cultural Host Committee/Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp

June 2021 -  As part of a multi-year partnership, GMPF will support the virtual Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp.  The two week camp offers a jazz education program to assist the next generation of jazz artists along with developing leadership, teamwork, problem solving skills, good citizenship, respect for culture along with raising self-esteem. The tuition free program allows students to select one primary instrument for instruction and the choice of study of music composition, swing dance or voice.

Click here to view 27th Annual Louis Satchmo Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp Culminating Concert on YouTube

Click here to view 27th Annual Louis Satchmo Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp Culminating Concert on Facebook

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First Tee - Greater New Orleans

June 2021 - As part of a multi-year commitment, the GMPF presented a grant to First Tee of Greater New Orleans.  The GMPF grant will be used to fund the purchase of a passenger van to provide transportation for students so that they can participate in after-school Life Skills Experience program and a 10 week summer camp. The program provides youth with the opportunity to learn the game of golf while helping them navigate challenges and build their strength of character. 

Click here to read Press Release regarding First Tee – Greater Orleans

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Toms River High School South

June 2021 - Scholarships sponsored by the GMP Foundation were awarded to outstanding senior students, Olivia Krukowski, Christopher Parrillo and Julia Edens  of Toms River High School, alma mater of Gia Maione Prima. Each of the students exemplified an outstanding academic record and involvement in performing arts.

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Toms River HS - Olivia Krukowski

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Toms River HS - Christopher Parri
Toms River HS - Christopher Parri

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New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA)

May 2021 - The Gia Maione Prima Foundation Visual Arts Award was presented to Mylie Lemoine, graduating senior of NOCCA.   Ms. Lemoine plans to attend the College of Charleston and focus in ceramics or double major in computing in the arts and studio arts.  NOCCA is a regional, pre-professional arts training center that offers students intensive instruction in culinary arts, dance, media arts: filmmaking & audio production, music (classical, jazz, vocal), theatre arts, visual arts and creative writing.  Additional scholarships were awarded to Joseph Taylor and Greer Jines, Eric Shawn and Emily Clulee, graduating seniors in the visual art and musical theatre departments.

Scholarship Recipients : Greer Jines, Joseph Taylor and Mylie Lemoine
Scholarship Recipients : Greer Jines, Joseph Taylor and Mylie Lemoine

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Scholarship Recipients : Greer Jines, Joseph Taylor and Mylie Lemoine
Scholarship Recipients : Greer Jines, Joseph Taylor and Mylie Lemoine

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Carolyn Dorfman Dance Company

April 2021 - Carolyn Dorfman Dance will appear in a virtual gala performance and benefit presented by SOPAC.  The evening, entitled "Thrive," will feature three works by the 10 member Company.  The evening begins with "Facets Redux", a collage of excerpts of dances that include Carolyn's newest work "Prima!" along with some of the company's memorable and favorite works.

Click here to learn more about "Thrive"

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LASPCA Howling Success Virtual Gala

April 2021 - GMPF is proud to sponsor the 41st Annual LASPCA Howling Success – “All You Need Is Love” Virtual Gala to be held on April 18, 2021.  All proceeds provide critical funds for life-saving programs and services including adoption, foster, transport, humane law, and the community clinic.

Click here to learn more about the LASPCA Howling Success Virtual Gala  

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WWOZ Jazz Festing in Place – 2021

April 2021 - GMPF announced the sponsorship of 2021 WWOZ Jazz Festing in Place: an On-Air Festival.  The 7-day virtual festival will take place on April 23 through April 25 and April 29 through May 2, 2021.  The broadcast will air during the traditional spring weekends of the festival and include rare and historic performances  from archives of Jazz Fest’s past. 

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Ocean County Teen Arts Festival

March 2021 - As part of the multi-year partnership with Ocean County College Foundation, Ocean County College and Ocean County Vocational Technical School Performing Arts Academy, the GMPF is excited to announce the virtual event “Pure Prima” to be held on by March 23, 2021.  As part of the Ocean County Teen Arts Festival, Carolyn Dorfman Dance and Company will celebrate the five decade career  and range of the inimitable Louis Prima.  Through the use of songs including the iconic “Sing Sing Sing” and “Just a Gigolo/Ain’t Got Nobody”, Dorfman and her company will present the full, driving and buoyant sound of Louis Prima and his lead singers Gia Maione Prima and Keely Smith. 

Click here to learn more about the Carolyn Dorfman Dance – Pure Prima – Virtual Event

Click here to read  NJARTS.net news article regarding “Pure Prima”

as part of the OCC Teens Arts Festival 

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Max’s Kansas City Project

February 2021 - As part of a multi-grant to support Max’s Kansas City Project Emergency Relief and Resource Fund,  the GMPF has presented a grant to Jasmine Hirst, artist/photographer/filmmaker.  Jasmine Hirst has photographed artists including Lydia Lunch, Courtney Love, Penny Arcade, Nan Goldin, Vali Myers, Patti Smith and Sandra Bernhard.  Her short films are collected by the NY Filmmakers Coop and have screened internationally.  Her art work has also been exhibited internationally in New York, Italy and Germany.

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Celebration of Black American Music & Voices Concert

February 2021 -   Brian Richburg, scholarship winner of the 2016 ASCAP Foundation Louis Prima Award is orchestrating a virtual concert entitled “A Celebration of Black American Music & Voices.” The free concert celebrates the African American musical influences.  All donations will go to support The Common Ground Foundation and the New Orleans Rainy Day Fund.

Click here to read the Press Release regarding Celebration of

Black Voices and Black American Music

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Louisiana SPCA – Kitten Krewe Foster Program

February 2021 -   The GMP Foundation is proud to sponsor the  LASPCA Kitten Krewe Program.  The program is one of the most popular and largest group of foster parents.  This vital life-saving program helps to ensure baby kittens the chance to grow in a home environment. 

Click here to read the press release for the Kitten Krewe Foster Program

 

Click here to read about the Kitten Krewe Foster Program

Click here to read about the LASPCA Cat Meet & Greet Room

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Louisiana SPCA – LASPCA Pawliday Auction

December 2020 -   The GMPF proudly supports the Louisiana SPCA Pawliday Online Auction held December 3 through December 8, 2020.  All proceeds go directly to animals in their care and pet families in their community.  LASPCA organization is dedicated to promote, protect and advance the well-being of Louisiana’s companion animals.  Their programs impact more than 70,000 homeless and companion animals annually.

Click here to read about the Louisiana SPCA

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St. Vincent Academy

December 2020 -   Paula DaSilva, a student at St. Vincent Academy was awarded a scholarship by the GMPF.  Ms. DaSilva is a self- taught artist who is drawn to digital art.  Her inspiration comes from animated films.

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New Orleans Jazz Museum - Giving Tuesday

December 2020 -   GMP Foundation has partnered with Randy Fertel to support Giving Tuesday movement to raise funds for New Orleans Jazz Museum music and education programs.

Click here to read about New Orleans Jazz Museum and Giving Tuesday on offbeat.com

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Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festing In Place

October 2020 -   The GMP Foundation proudly supported Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festing In Place.  Over 40 bands were featured during the three day virtual festival from the archival recordings of Jazz & Heritage and WWOZ 90.FM.  All proceeds were donated to the Jazz & Heritage Music Relief Fund which provides emergency grants to assist Louisiana musicians whose livelihoods have been adversely impacted by COVID-19.

Click here to read about Crescent City Blues & BBQ Festing in Place

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Positive Vibrations - Send Me a Friend 

October 2020 -   A virtual Lifeshop,  “Creativity in the Time of COVID” will feature the legendary songwriter Paul Williams, Anders Osborne and Harold Owens from MusiCares.  These three music industry veterans and recovery advocates will discuss how artists can tap into their spirit during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Lifeshop sponsored by the GMPF is designed to educate and support musicians and creative professionals who face unique challenges while in early recovery. 

Click here to learn more about Send Me A Friend Award

Click here to read the article in Rolling Stone Magazine about Send Me A Friend

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Northshore Community Foundation

September 2020 -   GMPF has partnered with the Northshore Community Foundation in supporting the Dick Knight Award.  The spirit of the award is to recognize and reward a Northshore nonprofit staff for their diligence, commitment, resiliency, vision and excellence to the Louisiana region.   On September 3, 2020, Ola Magee, Program Director of the Regina Coeli Child Development Center (RCCDC), was awarded the 2020 recipient of the Dick Knight Award

Click here to read Press Release regarding the 2020 Dick Knight Award

Click here to read the article regarding Ola Magee: In the Footsteps of Dick Knight

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WWOZ Jazz Festing in Place - The Next Fest Thing

August 2020 -   GMP Foundation proudly supports WWOZ Jazz Festing in Place: An On-Air Festival as a Guardian of the Groove.  The online broadcast will kick off with WWOZ’s Virtual Groove Gala on September 3, 2020.  The 7-day virtual festival will take place on September 3 through September 7 and September 11 through September 13, 2020.   The broadcast will include rare performances from the archives of Jazz & Heritage Foundation, French Quarter Fest, Satchmo Summerfest, Crest City Blues, BBQ Fest, WWOZ Studios and New Orleans clubs along with interview segments highlighting music, food, crafts and heritage of New Orleans and Louisiana.

Click here to read article in The Syncopated Times  regarding WWOZ Jazz Festing in Place

Click here to read article in Gambit  regarding WWOZ Jazz Festing in Place

Click here to learn more about WWOZ

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Asbury Park Music Foundation Youth Music Program

August 2020 -   GMPF is sponsoring the Asbury Park Music Foundation Youth Music Program.  The program “Music Mondays” offers free concerts throughout the summer.  The series of concerts offer diverse styles of music.  The series is part of Asbury Park Music Foundation’s goal to unite the community, support local musicians and inspire under-served youth with life changing music education.

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Warren Easton Charter High School Foundation

July 2020 -   As part of the multi-year sponsorship, the GMPF supported the 2020 virtual Warren Easton High School Summer Camp.  The two week summer program offered 43 students instruction in jazz, marching band and concert band.  Specialized instruction included NOCCA/Prima Foundation Scholar Glenn Hall of the Rebirth Bass Band.

Click here to view 2020 Warren Easton High School Summer Camp Drum Line

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Count Basie Center for the Arts

July 2020 -   GMPF has partnered with Count Basie Center for the Arts and Red Bank’s Jazz Arts Project for a free summer music camp.  The onsite and online hybrid summer program was available to both beginner and intermediate performers.  A newly interactive curriculum was designed to suit virtual learning in the areas of music theory, history, instrument technique and music appreciation. The Louis & Gia Maione Prima Music Camp was open to middle school students throughout Monmouth County. The camp connected young musicians to instruments and world-class instructors and provided valuable music education along with enriching the cultural life of the Jersey Shore communities.  Specialized instruction was offered by Prima Foundation Scholars Glenn Hall, Jeffery Miller, John Michael Bradford and Brian Richburg. 

Click here to read New Jersey Stage news article regarding the Louis & Gia Maione Prima Music Camp

Click here to view the video of the  Louis & Gia Maione Prima Music Camp Celebration

 

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Jazz House Kids

June 2020 -   As part of a multi-year commitment, the GMPF proudly supported the four week summer program for students.  The intensive summer program experience enabled 19 students from underserved communities and low income families to explore their creativity, collaborate with their peers, sharpen technical skills on their instrument and strengthen their skills in composition and improvisation.  The summer program attracted students from 4 continents, 7 countries and 7 states across the United States. 

Click here to read more about Jazz House Kids 2020 Summer Program

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First Tee - Greater New Orleans

June 2020 -   As part of a multi-year commitment, the GMPF proudly announced the completion of First Tee’s summer camp with 235 participants.  The program provided youth with the opportunity to learn the game of golf while helping them navigate challenges and build their strength of character.  The GMPF grant will be used to fund the purchase of a passenger van to provide transportation for students so that they can participate in Life Skills Experience after-school program. 

Click here to read August 2020 Newsletter

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St. Vincent Academy

June 2020 -  A scholarship sponsored by the GMP Foundation was awarded to outstanding student Wendy Muncha Carrillo of St. Vincent Academy.  Ms. Carrillo will be attending Rutgers University as a National Scholarship Recipient and plans to pursue a career in graphic design. 

2020 Recipient - Wendy Muncha Carrillo
2020 Recipient - Wendy Muncha Carrillo

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Toms River High School South

June 2020 -  Scholarships sponsored by the GMP Foundation were awarded to outstanding senior students, Melissa Leahy and Mariana Tecalero of Toms River High School, alma mater of Gia Maione Prima. Both students exemplified an outstanding academic record and involvement in performing arts.

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2020 Recipient - Melissa Leahy

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2020 Recipient - Mariana Tecalero
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Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra/Music for Life Program

June 2020 -  The Music for Life Summer virtual camp took place from June 15 to July 17, 2020. On-line music education lessons were provided to low-income and undeserved students in the New Orleans community. The program is designed to mentor students by orchestra musicians, develop life skills, and provide positive role models. All instrument and program costs are free to all participating students.

Click here to read news article re Jeffery Miller on Nola.com 

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The Horns Project/Horns to Havana

May 2020 -  As part of a multi-year commitment, the GMPF proudly sponsored The
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underserved to students in partner schools of Horns to Havana, Conservatorio Amadeo
Roldán, a leading music school in Cuba that is based in Havana, the country’s capital.

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Jeffery Miller

February 2020 -  Jeffery Miller, scholarship winner of the 2013 ASCAP Foundation Louis Prima Award was reported in a NOLA publication regarding his success to Grammy nominated recognition. 

Click here to read news article re Jeffery Miller on Nola.com 

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School Groove

February 2020 - Each month during the school year, School Groove brings young New Orleans musicians to the WWOZ studio to perform on live radio.

Click here to see  February 2020 performance - Kipp Morial Jazz Ensemble

 

Click here to see  January 2020 performance - Holy Cross High School  Brass Band

Click here to see  December 2019 performance - Sophie B Wright Brass Band 

Click here to see  November 2019 performance - Riverdale High School 

Click here to see  October 2019 performance - Langston Hughes High School
 

Click here to see September 2019 performance - Fountainbleau Jazz Ensemble

Click here to see  June 2019 performance - Loyola Jazz Camp

Click here to see  May 2019 performance - Edna Karr High School

Click here to see  April 2019 performance - ReNew SciTech Middle School Brass Band

Click here to see  March 2019 performance - St. Mary’s Academy

Click here to see  February 2019 performance - Abramson Sci Academy Brass Band

 

Click here to see  January 2019 performance - Da Wright Way Brass Band

Click here to see December 2018 performance - Brother Martin High School

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Jazz House Kids

January 2020 - GMPF sponsored eight students of Jazz House Kids to participate in the Jazz Education Network (JEN) Conference located in New Orleans.  JEN is dedicated to building the jazz arts community by advancing education, promoting performance and developing new audiences.  Highlights of the trip included a collaboration with the students of the New Orleans based Louis Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp (LASJC).  A special performance was held at the New Orleans Jazz Museum.  Melissa Walker, President and Founder of the Jazz House Kids, Jackie Harris, Founder and Executive Director of LASJC along with two student pianists appeared live on WWL-TV’s Morning Show.  

Click here to view WWL-TV’s Morning Show Interview

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Positive Vibrations Foundation – Send Me a Friend

January 2020 - On January 23, 2020 and February 9, 2020, Send Me A Friend (SMAF), a project of Positive Vibrations Foundation announced two Lifeshops to be held in Austin, Texas and New York City.  The Lifeshop sponsored by the GMPF is designed to educate, support and serve musicians. The program led by Anders Osborne is designed for “creatives” seeking recovery from substance misuse.  Their mission is to support newly-sober musicians and music industry professionals who are in early recovery.    The New York City event will feature Charlie Musselwhite.  

Click here for details about the event on January 23rd

Lifeshop: Songwriting led by Anders Osborne on Eventbrite.com

Click here for details about the event on February 9th

Lifeshop with Charlie Musselwhite on Eventbrite.com

Click here to read the January Edition of Send Me A Friend Newsletter

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St. Vincent Academy

December 2019 - Linda Consolazio presented Analisa Marcano, a freshman student at St. Vincent’s Academy with a scholarship sponsored by the GMPF.  Ms. Marcano is a member of the Vocal Ensemble and has performed in a Broadway Cabaret.  She has a passion for singing and songwriting.  Most recently, Analisa has auditioned for America’s Got Talent. 

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Tunes for Toys Concert 

December 2019 - On December 19, 2019, “Tunes for Toys” holiday concert hosted by the  Troy Andrews (Trombone Shorty Foundation) took place at Tipitina’s.   The event was sponsored by the GMPF.  The price of admission was an unwrapped toy which was donated to the children of New Orleans.

Click here to read about the 2019 "Tunes for Toys" Concert on UptownMessenger.com

 

Click here to learn more about the 2019 "Tunes for Toys" Concert 

Click here to read Newsletter of Trombone Shorty Foundation regarding toy giveaway, “Toys from Troy”

Warren Easton Charter High School Foundation

November 2019 - The GMPF Foundation announced the multi-year sponsorship renewal with Warren Easton Charter High School Foundation.  Warren Easton has been a leader in the field of music education.  The sponsorship will benefit the Warren Easton Summer Music Camp.  The camp offers summer music instruction, jazz, marching, choreography, concert band and percussion including drum line and drum set.  Specialized instruction will include a NOCCA/Prima Foundation Scholar.

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Army Distaff Foundation, Inc.

November 2019 - As part of a multi-year commitment, the GMPF proudly sponsored the Gift of Music program benefitting the residents of Knollwood Military Retirement Community which is operated by the Army Distaff Foundation.   In 2018, the program provided more than 330 hours of musical programming. A special performance by Louis Prima, Jr. and the Witnesses will be held on November 5, 2019.

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Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival

August 2019 - On August 17, 2019, the Gia Maione Prima Foundation sponsored the annual Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival located on the Morristown Green which is located in the center of the Morristown, New Jersey.  The festival featured musicians performing from noon until 10:00 PM.  Past artists included Louis Prima Jr. and the Witnesses, Bria Skonberg, the Frank Vignola Trio, Rob Paparozzi, Bucky Pizzarelli, Winard Harper & Jeli Posse, the George Gee Swing Orchestra, Vince Giordano & the Nighthawks, Robben Ford, Walter Trout, Bernard Allison, Davy Knowles, Charlie Musselwhite, the Duke Ellington Legacy Band, the Antoinette Montague Experience, and Quinn Sullivan.

Click here to learn more about the Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival

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Jazz House Kids

August 2019 - As part of a multi-year partnership with Jazz House Kids, the GMPF supported the 2019 Jazz House Summer Workshop.  The two week summer workshop help support 122 students from nine states and three countries.  These students performed in three world class concerts which included Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Lincoln Center and received 100 content hours of instructions that included the development of key skills and enhance knowledge in fundamentals of music and art of performance for both instrumental musicians and vocalists.  As a highlight, students had a personal meet and greet with jazz icon Herbie Hancock. 

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The Two Louis: “Pop” and “The Wildest”

August 2019 - New Orleans’ two greats, Louis Armstrong and Louis Prima, were formed by their hometown and its culture.  They were both artists, entertainers and gifted musicians and their music reflects New Orleans influence. 

Click here to read news relating to Satchmo Summerfest and exhibition at the New Orleans Jazz Museum “Louis Prima: The Wildest Comes Home”

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Leigh “Little Queenie” Harris

July 2019 - Leigh “Little Queenie” Harris was honored by the New Orleans City Council for her contributions to New Orleans music.  The proclamation was presented in a declaration to Alex Harris MacDonald, son of Harris.  Harris is best known as the frontwoman of Little Queenie and Percolators.  In February 2019, she was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. 

Click here to read about the Leigh “Little Queenie” Harris on offbeat.com

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Asbury Park Music Foundation Youth Music Program

July 2019 - GMPF is sponsoring the Asbury Park Music Foundation Youth Music Program.  The program “Music Mondays” offers free concerts throughout the summer.  The series of concerts offer diverse styles of music .  The series is part of Asbury Park Music Foundation’s goal to unite the community, support local musicians and inspire under-served youth with life changing music education.   In conjunction with the sponsorship, Louis Prima, Jr. and the Witnesses will be performing on Monday, July 8, 2019.

Click here to read about the Asbury Park Music Foundation Youth Music Program

Warren Easton Charter High School Foundation

June 2019 - The GMPF will sponsor the 2019 Warren Easton High School Summer Camp as part of a multi-year commitment.  The four week summer program will offer 85 students music instruction in jazz, marching band and concert band. Specialized instruction will include a NOCCA/Prima Foundation Scholar Glenn Hall of the Rebirth Brass Band, Julian Gosin, Raymond Williams and Adonis Rose. 

Click here to read about the Warren Easton High School Summer Camp

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Count Basie Center for the Arts

June 2019 - The GMPF has partnered with Count Basie Center for the Arts and Red Bank’s Jazz Arts Project for a free music camp.  The Louis & Gia Maione Prima Music Camp is open to middle school students throughout Monmouth County. The camp will connect young musicians to instruments and world-class instructors and will provide valuable music education along with enriching the cultural life of the Jersey Shore communities.  The camp will run during the weeks of July 8 and July 15 with a final showcase concert on Friday, July 19, 2019.

Click here to read Press Release announcing partnership with Count Basie Center for the Arts, GMPF and Red Bank’s Jazz Arts Project

Click here to see highlights from the Louis and Gia Maione Prima Music Camp

Toms River High School South

June 2019 - On June 5, 2019, Linda Consolazio attended the Scholarship Awards Ceremony at Toms River High School South, alma mater of Gia Maione Prima.  She presented scholarships supported by the GMPF to two outstanding students, Joseph Lampard and Marissa Frusteri. Both students exemplified an outstanding academic record and involvement in performing arts. 

2019 recipients:

Joseph Lampard

Marissa Frusteri

Click here to view recipients from previous years

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Joseph Lampard

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