our mission

The mission of the Eric Essix Foundation is “to elevate and enrich the lives of others through the arts and education.” 


Eric’s desire to have a positive effect on the lives of young people inspired the creation of the Eric Essix Foundation for the Arts and Education and the Jazz Escape. 


Over the past twenty three years, Eric and his band of dedicated musicians, have conducted clinics and performances for literally thousands of students all over the U.S. and abroad teaching the history and development of jazz and the important part it plays in the American experience, along with other educational presentations. The bulk of those performances, have been in his home state of Alabama in partnership with the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the Essix Music Group, LLC. 


Through fundraising for the Foundation, it is Eric’s goal to double his annual outreach to students.