Jason Mraz recently announced through a video on his site that his Foundation would award 25 grants of $2000 each to non-profits within the US that align themselves with the Foundation’s mission “to shine for inclusive arts education and the advancement of equality.”
The announcement comes on the one-year anniversary of Shine, a live show featuring songs from Mraz’s catalog in San Diego by Mraz and local arts students of all abilities from various programs supported by the Jason Mraz Foundation.
“Shine reminded all of us firsthand the effect that the performing and visual arts can have on the lives of young people – building self-esteem and providing a safe space where kids can create and create and perform,” said Mraz. “The last year has been so isolating and has taken a toll on young people, many of whom have lost in-person access to arts programs. To honor the spirit of Shine and to address the needs brought about by the pandemic, I’ve decided to support as many programs as I can through the Foundation to make a difference.”
Starting today, Mraz is challenging his fans to “look for the good” and report back on any organizations with missions involving arts education and inclusion around the US. To let the Jason Mraz Foundation know about a worthy organization near you, please fill out the form located at https://jasonmrazfoundation.
org now through March 31. Grant recipients will be notified in June.