Our Programs

Trombone Shorty Foundation delivers a broad range of programs to New Orleans youth ages 12 – 24. Designed under the guidance of our namesake, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews, and in collaboration with the youth we serve, our programs honor the time-honored tradition of passing on the musical heritage and culture of New Orleans. Throughout all of our programs, we provide a safe and supportive environment and offer our young people a road map to allow them to pursue their passions, musically, academically, and socially. Read below to learn more!


Trombone Shorty Academy is a free, after-school music program for New Orleans youth ages 12 – 18. Following the path that led to Trombone Shorty’s success, our program is based on Danny Barker’s Fairview Baptist Church Brass Band program. Led by Artist Educators including Julian Gosin, Glenn Hall, Jasmine Bastiste, and more, students enrolled in the Trombone Shorty Academy are immersed in musical ensemble instruction while learning the history and theory that is so deeply entwined in New Orleans music.


Our Music Industry Apprenticeship Program provides youth ages 16 – 24 with the skills and perspectives they need to be successful in the music industry. Through this program, youth learn from music industry experts, develop professional skills in the music and entertainment industry, and then they apply those skills in paid, hands-on work placements with industry partners throughout the city.  Apprentices receive training in the key skills necessary for success in the music industry and they are paired with mentors who help provide guidance and support every step of the way in their career journey. In the spring, Apprentices work with industry partners to apply their workplace skills in roles aligned with their personal goals and interests.


Led by Grammy-award-winning producer Chris Finney, youth ages 12 – 18 learn the business side of the music industry through the Fredman Music Business Institute. Through this free program, youth learn about the basics of the music industry, ranging from event production, touring, licensing, management, finance, and marketing. This year, the program worked to record students.


Our masterclass program provides free masterclasses on a variety of topics surrounding the music industry, ranging from songwriting to audio engineering. These workshops are open to the public and serve a broader community.


Our cultural experiences program provides youth the opportunity to travel and perform in cities across the globe, with hands-on learning experience about how the music industry works in other locations. Through this program, our youth have traveled to Havana, Cuba, Los Angeles and San Francisco, CA, New York City, Park City, UT and more.