Supporting Students’ Musical Education & Experience

The Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation supports students in a variety of ways. We have an annual music scholarship program. We run a monthly open mic night for students to perform with their peers. And we periodically invite students to perform at some of our events.

Music Scholarships

Our foundation also offers youth scholarships – call the Foundation office in Red Bank at (732) 933-1984. Youth scholarships have been established endowed scholarships honoring former members and friends:

3 scholarship recipients
3 of our 2020 Scholarship Recipients

Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Scholarship

Mark LaRochelle Memorial Scholarship

Jerry Topinka Memorial Scholarship

Lloyd R. Daley Memorial Scholarship

Music Matters! Scholarship

For more information on JSJBF Scholarship Programs, contact Chris Zemla at: Chriszemla @ or call: 732-241-4724

The Mark LaRochelle Youth Open Mic

Youth Open Mic Night
Mark LaRochelle Youth Open Mic Night

The Mark LaRochelle Youth Open Mic program is sponsored by the Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Foundation. This program supports and encourages young musicians to to perform. The program also raises funds for our music scholarships (above).

Started by our dear friend and late Board of Trustees member Mark LaRochelle, these open microphone nights occur one Friday night a month providing. Any young musician under the age of 21 is welcome to perform or attend. All are welcome to attend and enjoy the music.

Find out more about the Mark LaRochelle Youth Open Mic nights and scheduled dates.

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