The Eric Essix Foundation's mission is to elevate and enrich the lives of others through the arts. Donations fund programming that directly affects the lives of young people with whom Eric and his band members come in contact each year
For the past twenty three years, Eric Essix has traveled to schools around the world performing for literally thousands of students of all ages from elementary to university. The majority of this work, however, has been focused on his home state of Alabama. Here, in partnership with the Alabama State Council on the Arts, Eric has taken his band into over 100 mostly rural schools in underserved counties. He has also played in juvenile detention facilities, public libraries and churches presenting programs on the History Of Black Music in America, the History Of Jazz, the Music of the Civil Rights Movement and the worldwide influence of music from the American South (spirituals, gospel, blues & jazz). Additional on-site school clinics and workshops provide an opportunity for in depth conversations between band students and music professionals.
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