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JukeJoint Foundation

A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION

Established in 2022, JukeJoint Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that brings awareness to intersectionality & provides resources to women of color in the form of scholarships, grants, and access to music-business related events.

 

Mission

RECLAIMING OUR TIME

Women of Color are the culture creators of the world breathing life into the soul & essence of the music industry. Yet, there are 18 white male executives to every 1 black female music executive.

Balancing the scales, changing the dynamic & restoring the narratives of the most consumed stories in music to its rightful owners is the reckoning we need in wake of social injustices across the globe. However, barriers to entry into the music business & gatekeeping pose bigger challenges to the disenfranchised amongst us.

Help JukeJoint Foundation bring more WOC to the table! Your contributions aid in offering opportunities to bridge the racial & wage gaps by establishing economic & social equity to one of the most marginalized groups in the music community.

 
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What We Do

Monetary Grants are awarded to active members who forego an application process that is voted upon by the officers and board members. Grants are awarded for the purposes of providing support to members by means of 'seed' funding, professional and/ or admission for professional networking and/or conference events that support professional growth opportunities.

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Scholarships

FOR WOC ENROLLED IN

MUSIC BUSINESS PROGRAMS

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Grants

FOR QUALIFIED MEMBERS

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Access

MEMBERSHIP TO PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

 

The Annual

JukeJoint Renaissance Gala

MISSION

Jukejoint Foundation’s Annual ‘Jukejoint Renaissance Gala’ raises funds to eliminate student loan debt for select grant applicants.

 

It also provides scholarships for women of color striving to change the narrative in the business of music to be more inclusive. A black-tie benefit dinner with outstanding entertainment!

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The History

WHAT IS A JUKEJOINT?

The origins of juke joints may be the community rooms that were occasionally built on plantations to provide a place for Black people to socialize during slavery. Juke joints may be considered the first "private space" for blacks.

 

Juke joint music began with the blues, then Black folk rags and then the boogie woogie dance music of the late 1880s or 1890s, which influenced the blues, barrel house, and the slow drag dance music of the rural South, often "raucous and raunchy" good time secular music. Dance forms evolved from group dances to solo and couples dancing.

Early figures of blues, including Robert Johnson, Son House, Charley Patton, and countless others, traveled the juke joint circuit, scraping out a living on tips and free meals. While musicians played, patrons enjoyed dances with long heritages in some parts of the African American community, such as the slow drag.