This bill seeks to preserve and promote jazz through a series of reforms. These would include establishing programs within the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, such as the National Jazz Preservation Program and National Jazz Appreciation Program.
Specifically, these programs would require the Smithsonian to:
Record audio and video interviews with leading jazz artists;
Acquire, preserve, and interpret jazz artifacts;
Establish collaborative agreements with specified entities for the sharing of such artifacts;
Continue to recognize Jazz Appreciation Month;
Establish public jazz performance series at Smithsonian affiliates throughout the U.S.; and
Cooperate with regional organizations to encourage the establishment of jazz archival collections.
This bill would also promote jazz through education by requiring that the government allocate funds for this education and implement a variety of other teaching-based reforms. Proposed programs include a system that assists teachers in constructing jazz-based curricula and lesson plans, a Jazz Ambassador Program that promotes international cultural exchanges surrounding jazz, and the Jazz Artists in the Schools Program, which ensures children have jazz performances built into their early education. Overall, these reforms would promote, educate, and improve access to jazz by fostering an enduring appreciation for the American art form.