Artist Sponsorship Program

Monterey Jazz Festival Artist Sponsorship Program

Become an active part of the Monterey Jazz Festival family by sponsoring a Monterey Jazz Festival Artist. Whether you sponsor a jazz great or an up-and-coming talent, your gift maintains our world-class Festival and brings international and national talent to Monterey while encouraging the next generation of jazz artists.

As a sponsor, you have the opportunity to make a personal connection with an MJF musician, while ensuring the professional and artistic growth of all MJF artists and tomorrow’s rising stars.

Your contribution goes to support the Monterey Jazz Festival’s comprehensive, year-round jazz education and mentorship opportunities. The Monterey Jazz Festival is committed to giving our young people direct access to work one-on-one with true jazz legends and professional jazz artists in a way that only Monterey Jazz Festival can.

Sponsorships range between $500 and $15,000.


  • Meet and mingle with distinguished jazz artists
  • Invitations to exclusive Monterey Jazz Festival events throughout the year
  • Recognition in the Festival Souvenir Program and on the website
  • Invitations to special rehearsals and unique backstage opportunities


Jazz Legend

  • Previous Jazz Legends have included Terence Blanchard, and NEA Jazz Masters Dave Brubeck, Gerald Wilson, George Wein, Jack DeJohnette, Wayne Shorter, Charles Lloyd, Chick Corea, and Quincy Jones
  • Special benefits include:
    • Sit with the Jazz Legend at the Jazz Legends Gala
    • Enjoy the Jazz Legends’ Festival performance from backstage 

Commission Artist

  • Over MJF's 60-year history, many artists wrote music to be debuted at the Festival—both officially and unofficially. Today’s MJF Commission Artist Program was inaugurated by Artistic Director Tim Jackson in 1994, and continues through today.
  • Previous MJF Commission Artists have included John Clayton, Wayne Shorter, Ambrose Akinmusire, Aaron Diehl, Bill Frisell, Geri Allen, Billy Childs, Jason Moran, Maria Schneider, Gerald Wilson, and many others.
  • Special benefits include:
    • Enjoy the Commission Artist’s Festival performance from backstage

Showcase Artist 

  • Each year since 2000, Monterey Jazz Festival selects a Showcase Artist to perform multiple times at the Festival, to display the various aspects of their artistry.
  • Previous Showcase Artists have included Regina Carter, Joshua Redman, Chick Corea, Charles Lloyd, Robert Glasper, Joe Lovano, Branford Marsalis and many others.
  • Special benefits include:
    • Enjoy VIP seating at each of the Showcase Artist’s Festival performances


  • The Artist-in-Residence works year-round with Monterey Jazz Festival education programs, providing young musicians with unique performance and clinic opportunities. These AIRs also perform as guest soloists with the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra festival weekend. Sponsorship of the Artist-in-Residence is a great way to support both the Festival and its Education Programs.
  • Previous AIRs have included John Clayton, Jeff Hamilton, Gerald Clayton, Terri Lyne Carrington, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Eric Harland, Dianne Reeves, Christian McBride, Kurt Elling, and many others.
  • Special benefits include:
    • Attend the rehearsal of the Artist-in-Residence with the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra at the September Festival
    • Attend a special reception with the Artist-in-Residence at the Next Generation Jazz Festival, in addition to the September Festival

NGJF Adjudicators (12)

  • Each spring we invite over 1300 of the nation’s top student musicians to play their hearts out at the Next Generation Jazz Festival. Adjudicators judge each performance and award prizes to schools based on talent and technical ability as well as perform at the Friday Night Judges Concert.
  • Previous Adjudicators have included: Jeff Baker, Shelly Berg, Carla Cook, Tia Fuller, Joel Frahm, Billy Harper, Russell Malone, and many others.
  • Special benefits include:
    • VIP seats at the Friday Night Judges Concert
    • Attend a special reception with the adjudicators at the Next Generation Jazz Festival

NGJO members (21)

  • Each year, Monterey Jazz Festival brings together 21 of the most accomplished high school jazz musicians from across the country to form an all-star touring jazz orchestra. Students go on a domestic or international tour that includes performances at several well-known jazz festivals, culminating in a main stage performance in September at the Monterey Jazz Festival.
  • NGJO Alumni have included Joshua Redman, Ambrose Akinmusire, Benny Green, Ted Nash, Donny McCaslin, Patrice Rushen, and many others!
  • Special benefits may include:
    • Sit with your NGJO member at the Jazz Legends Gala the Thursday before the September Festival

For information on how to become an Artist Sponsor in 2019, please contact us at or 831.233.3715.