Jazzamba School of Music is a registered non-profit organization in Ethiopia. We are looking for partners and donors as we work to reopen our doors to provide quality music education, to develop our curriculum and programs and to work towards a greater musical impact in Ethiopia.
Support for the arts is very limited, thus even small projects that work to bring quality music education into the schools, or promote local music traditions and opportunities for live music, need funding.
Jazzamba has been immensely blessed over the past several years to have been given space to use at the Sheger Radio building in Gulelee as well as with the Italian Cultural Institute. But we are needing our own more permanent space where we can welcome our full time students, offer part-time classes as as well extra curricular music activities for the children and youth.
We need your help!
We are looking for a enclosed compound in the center of town that will suit our needs. Do you have a space to offer or donate? Please contact us!
The Jazzamba Scholarship Fund shall provide the means for students with a talent and desire for an education in music to complete the full degree program, with full or partial financial assistance as needed.
As students are accepted into the Jazzamba program they can complete the scholarship application. The scholarship committee shall look to match each applicant with a scholarship that is the best fit.
It is the goal of Jazzamba that all accepted students who require financial assistance be given the opportunity for musical education in the Jazz Amba School of Music by providing financial support.
For more information about the specific scholarships that need funding, follow this link.
Many of the Jazzamba School of Music students are not able to afford a quality education, much less a musical instrument. The students will have had little opportunity to use an instrument for personal use. Thus, all students must be provided with an instrument for the duration of their studies.
As a school in Africa, we have little access to musical instruments. We greatly need your support to allow us to provide our students with a enough instruments, and with a large variety of instruments, to allow for greater learning opportunity.
We welcome donations of instruments, as well as financial support to purchase, ship and pay the necessary taxes to bring instruments into the country.
To learn more about the types of instruments and the numbers that are needed, and how to get them to us, please follow this link.
Jazzamba hopes to begin work on the development of new curriculum in the near future. The current curriculum has been developed for the Ethiopian context, by the founders of the school, and derived from Berkley University in the United States. There is also content developed by the Global Music Campus.
Jazz performance music theory curriculum is not able to adequately encompass Ethiopian music. Classical music theory is also unable to adequately support Ethiopian music. In order to develop Ethiopian music, it is necessary to have a music theory curriculum that combines jazz music theory with Ethiopian music theory.
There is much more to be done in the areas of Ethiopian Jazz Theory and Ethiopian Music History.
Find out what you can do to help Jazzamba develop Ethiopian music, by laying the foundation for the research and writing of new curriculum.