Rex Foundation and Daze Between New Orleans have announced the beneficiaries of the grants generated through their fundraising efforts at the spring 2022 festival. Grantees include T.R.E.E. (Teaching Responsible Earth Education), Friends of a Studio in the WoodsUpbeat Academy, and the STEM Library Lending Lab.

The inaugural Daze Between New Orleans took place at Faubourg Brewery during the days between the two weekends of New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 2022. In addition to performances by The String Cheese Incident (two nights including a surprise sit-in by Billy Strings), Snarky Puppy, Lettuce, Eric Krasno & Friends, and more, the inaugural year of the festival featured a number of beloved New Orleans acts including Nicholas Payton, Erica Falls, Benny & The Late Bloomers, The Iceman Special, Honey Island Swamp Band, and The Rumble featuring Chief Joseph Boudreaux Jr.

In partnership with Rex Foundation, Daze Between raised money for a number of New Orleans charities via ticket sales, a virtual auction, and an on-site “celebrity” dunk tank. The combined efforts raised nearly $10,000, which Rex is generously matching to bring the grand fundraising total to $20,000 from this event alone.

Rex Foundation stands for community, celebration, and giving back. From its inception in 1984 at the hands of the Grateful Dead friends and family, Rex Foundation has written grants to more than 1300 grassroots nonprofit organizations, and continues to bring music and impact to communities around the country. Beginning in 2020, Rex Foundation annually hosts Daze Between, a celebration of the life, legacy, and art of Jerry Garcia. This year, Daze Between New Orleans was born, nodding to the days between the two weekends of Jazz Fest while keeping the Grateful Dead spirit of giving alive.

Click below for a complete list of Daze Between New Orleans Rex Foundation grantees and grant amounts.

Daze Between New Orleans Rex Foundation Grantees

The STEM Library Lending Lab, which shares equipment, materials, and training for teachers with schools teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics. ($5,000 awarded)

Upbeat Academy, which brings advanced music education (and where better than New Orleans, cradle of American music?) to local youth by providing the technology and tools used in the performance and production of hip-hop, R&B, and other genres through workshops, master classes, and satellite programs. ($5,000 awarded)

Friends of a Studio in the Woods, the studio that offers the priceless gift of a peaceful space to artists and scholars interested particularly in nurturing and preserving the Mississippi River bottomland hardwood forest ecology of the New Orleans area. ($5,000 awarded)

T.R.E.E. (Teaching Responsible Earth Education), which supports environmental science programs for 3rd and 4th graders, both in the regular classroom and at outdoor classrooms on the outskirts of N.O., including at the Jean Lafitte National Historic Park and Preserve. ($5,000 awarded)

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In addition to the Daze Between New Orleans grantees, Rex Foundation is also announcing the revitalization of The Ralph J. Gleason Award, which has been awarded to such distinguished Crescent City recipients as WWOZ (2005) and Alan Toussaint (2007) in years past.

The 2022 Ralph J. Gleason Award recipient is the Trombone Shorty Foundation, which supports apprenticeship programs at the George and Joyce Wein Jazz and Heritage Center that provide a fully rounded experience in music, from learning an instrument to playing in public to the business side of things at the Fredman Music Business Institute. Students partner with professionals and get real-deal, hands-on experience.

Thank you to everyone who helped make the inaugural Daze Between New Orleans such a success. After all, celebration, community, and giving are what New Orleans does best.

Revisit Live For Live Music‘s complete coverage of the inaugural Daze Between New Orleans: Day 1 | Day 2. Watch the official 2022 recap video below.

Daze Between New Orleans 2022 – Official Recap Video

[Video: Live For Live Music]