Lighthouse Jazz believes that giving back to the community is vital. To that end, Lighthouse Jazz and the Seaside Jazz Festival provide an avenue for charitable efforts. During our free Sunday Gospel, monetary donations are collected to support a variety of local charitable organizations. Some of these include the South Clatsop County Food Bank, Victory Over Child Abuse (VOCA), and Head Start Programs. A heartfelt thanks goes out to all who help us support these causes.
Lighthouse Jazz understands that without new fans, the great Traditional American Jazz sound, and all the forms it takes, may someday cease to be. Music is an integral part of our culture and society, which can influence and educate future generations. Traditional Jazz has been called "the only true" American art form. Whether you agree with this or not, there is no denying the influence this music has had, and continues to have.
Funded by donations and proceeds generated by other fund raising activities, the Festival awards scholarships to local high school musicians. These allow recipients to attend music camps such as the week long "Camp Heebie Jeebies Jazz camp" at Camp David Jr., Lake Crescent, Washington, and the "Mel Brown Jazz Camp" held in Monmouth, Oregon.
The Lighthouse Jazz Society is pleased to send these talented students to learn from the some of the best musicians in the business. "Passing the Torch" is what the Lighthouse Jazz Society believes in and we want to continue keeping young students interested in the preservation of American music.
In addition to Scholarships, Lighthouse Jazz Society also donates to the Seaside High School Jazz Ensemble. These donations help fund an entire Jazz band, who showcase their talent during our festival.