The Trombone Shorty Foundation’s mission is to inspire the next generation of talented opportunity youth through music education, instruction, mentorship, and performance. By honoring the New Orleans tradition of “playing it forward” from the earliest jazz legends onward, the foundation seeks to preserve and perpetuate the musical heritage of a city where music is everything. Experienced and professional teachers, tutors, and mentors support every student in the pursuit of a well-rounded understanding of New Orleans’ musical traditions, experience in music performance, reading, writing, and now, even business, and the social and academic skills they need to make noise wherever they go – in music and in life.
The foundation’s mission of transforming young lives through music education and mentorship while preserving the city’s cultural heritage is more important now than ever. As the city’s musical community faces an ongoing crisis with no performances and incoming revenue for the foreseeable future, Virtual Shorty Fest offers a glimmer of hope when it is desperately needed. All proceeds from the event support the foundation’s educational programs, which keep students learning and musicians working.