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:

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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

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Currently, the Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation is involved in a youth project called The Mark LaRochelle Youth Open Mic. The open microphone nights were started by Mark LaRochelle. This event occurs one Friday night a month providing the musical youth community a forum to perform in a fun, supportive, friendly, and inviting environment. Any youth under the age of 21 is welcome to perform or attend. All are welcome to enjoy the music. The monthly Open Mic Nights are held at the Red Bank Women’s Club. Find out more about these monthly music open MIC nights for young musicians.

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