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The VCU Jazz Students Fund

"Jazz has always represented freedom of expression in music. I applaud the efforts of the faculty in raising the standard of education at VCU."
- Jamey Aebersold

Mr. Aebersold is the founder of Jamey Aebersold Jazz, Inc. - producer of the world-renowned Aebersold Play-Along recordings. Mr. Aebersold's generous personal gift was the inaugural gift for the VCU Jazz Students Fund.

VCU Jazz Studies Student Grants

The VCU Jazz Studies Student Grant program has been established to encourage original research or creative work under the close supervision of a faculty member. The project may be undertaken under the scope of an independent study or honors seminar or could be pursued independently. There must be a faculty sponsor. All degree-seeking Jazz Studies students at VCU are eligible.

Applications may be submitted at any time during the year; however, primary attention will be given to those submitted by October 1 and February 1 of a given semester. Allow lead-time for such involved projects as summer travel, for which an application in the Fall semester may be advisable. Your application will be reviewed as speedily as possible. Please note that no application is approved until stated so by the Director of Jazz Studies.

Students receiving grants are required to sign funding forms in advance of their travel and submit to the Director of Jazz Studies a final report on their completed project along with their eligible receipts in order to receive reimbursements.

To apply, download a copy of the Application Form from this web page and follow the attached instructions. To read some thoughts from previous recipients about the impact of the grant they received, click here.

Making a Gift

We hope that you will make a gift to the VCU Jazz Students Fund. The Fund helps advance the careers of future jazz musicians by providing scholarships, equipment, and travel funding for students/ensembles, plus fees for visiting artists.

Your gift now at any of the following levels will be of great assistance:

Jazz Orchestra ($1000+)
Big Band ($500 – $999)
Quartet ($250 – $499)
Duo ($100 – $249)
Soloist ($1 – $99)

Please make your checks payable to the "VCU Jazz Students Fund" and send it to Antonio Garcia, VCU Music, PO Box 842004, Richmond, VA 23284-2004. If you have questions, please contact Prof. Garcia.


VCU Small Jazz Ensembles, such as the one led here by faculty saxophonist Skip Gailes (right) with guest vocalist Desiree Roots (far right), frequently perform in Richmond-area restaurants and clubs.
(photo credited to Antonio J. García)