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Nat King Cole Generation Hope proudly supports schools and organizations that are committed to providing quality music education to children with the greatest need and fewest resources.

EVENTS

NKCGH Summer Strings

For Students For Music Educators

2024

June 17 – 21 & June 24 – 28, 2024
Community Concert – June 28, 2024
Email info@natkingcolegenhope.org or Call 561.213.8209.

For Elementary, Middle + High School Students
@ Lynn University

Now in its 15th year, this two-week summer music camp dedicated to elementary, middle, & high school string students serves children in the Palm Beach County area with the greatest need and fewest resources and culminates in a free community concert on the final day. To be added to the concert invite list, please email info@natkingcolegenhope.org.

The Summer Strings program is led by NKCGH, Palm Beach County School District teachers and music mentors from Lynn University, and generously supported by the Cultural Council for Palm Beach County, Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, Palm Beach County, Boca West Children’s Foundation, the Great Charity Challenge & The Natalie Cole Foundation.

2024 Summer Strings Info

NKCGH Music Educators National Conference

For Students For Music Educators For Community

2024

July 16 – 18, 2024

Virtual

Music educators from across the U.S. and beyond are invited to join us for the 5th annual Music Educators National Conference which includes three days of thought provoking and timely topics curated for Music Educators!

2024 Educators Conference Info

NKCGH Summer Jazz at VanderCook College of Music

For Students For Music Educators

2024

July 29 – August 2, 2024
Community Concert – August 2, 2024

For Middle + High School Students
VanderCook College of Music, Chicago

This one-week summer music camp for middle and high school-level band students is embarking on its second year in Chicago, IL, and focuses on children with the greatest need and fewest resources. The program is collaboratively led by NKCGH, VanderCook College of Music, and VanderCook students serving as music mentors. Summer Jazz is generously supported by The Kathy Hutchings Family Foundation and Ms. Terri Honeycutt.

2024 Summer Jazz Info
Summer Jazz

NKCGH Lip Sync Battle

For Community

SAVE THE DATE!

August 15th, 2024
6:30 – 10PM
@ Pavilion Grille, Boca Raton

ADVANCE TICKET SALES END AT MIDNIGHT AUGUST 14th.
Event Day Tickets will only be available at the venue starting at 6pm.

Local celebrities and community favorites will be pulling out all the stops when they perform in the annual Lip Sync Battle benefiting Nat King Cole Generation Hope Inc. to raise funds for music education.

Details + Ticket / Sponsorship Info
Lip Sync

NKCGH Gift Of Music Education Celebration 2023

2024 DATE TBA

August 3, 2023

Chicago Winery – 739 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654
6PM – 7PM VIP Reception
7PM – 9PM Dance Party

A memorable evening and dance party to bolster access to transformative music education for our city’s under-served children benefiting Nat King Cole Generation Hope, Inc. Summer Jazz at VanderCook College of Music.

A tuition-free music camp program (July 31 – August 4) that serves 100 Chicago-area middle & high school music students, and is facilitated by Dr. Roosevelt Griffin III, esteemed music education scholar & practitioner.

Featuring a VIP Reception with Casey Cole-Ray and Timolin Cole-Augustus twin daughters of iconic music artist Nat King Cole and co-founders of his namesake charity, because all youth, like their father, deserve a path to achieve greatness through music. Entertainment by Summer Jazz at VanderCook College of Music Teachers, Students and Mentors followed by an Old School R&B Chicago House Music Dance Party!

Support Options + Info
Chicago Skyline

EVENTS SHOWCASING OUR MUSIC STUDENTS

RoofClaim.com Boca Raton Bowl

December 2024

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PROGRAMS

Mentors In Schools

For Students For Music Educators

Our program recruits and places select graduate and post-graduate music mentors in elementary and secondary schools to work with students during the academic year, under the guidance of school directors. Mentors and school educators/administrators closely collaborate to create and implement lesson plans tailored to individual students and group.

Nat & Maria Cole Memorial Scholarship

For Students

A four-year college scholarship bestowed to a deserving and excelling high school student who wishes to further his/her education and pursue their dreams in the field of music. The George Snow Scholarship Fund was selected by Nat King Cole Generation Hope to administer this scholarship commitment, by identifying potential candidates, managing the application process, and mentoring the student recipient.

Past Scholarship Recipients:

2023 / Olga Borrero, Broward College
2022 / Dana Wolfe, Florida State University
2020 / Samuel Soliz, University of Central Florida
2020 / Matthew Velilla, University of North Texas

2019 / Aidan Dixon, University of Central Florida
2018 / Rachel Gebeloff, Florida State University
2017 / Caleb Miller, Florida State University
2016 / Jon Paul Nesheiwat, Nashville State Community College

Post-Covid Music Education Information & Resources

For Students For Music Educators For Community

NKCGH Donations

Beneficiaries of Programs & Services to Date

Schools + Organizations we have helped:

AD Henderson University School
Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts
American Senior High School
Arts and Culture Center of Ft Lauderdale
Arts Garage
Bak Middle School of the Arts
Banyan Creek Elementary School
Bear Lakes Middle School
Belvedere Elementary School
Berkshire Elementary School
Boca Raton Community High School
Boca Raton Middle School
Boca Raton Symphonia
Carver Community Middle School
Cholee Lake Elementary School
Congress Middle School
Cypress Bay High School
Dillard High School
Don Estridge High Tech Middle School
Dr. Mary Mcleod Bethune Elementary School
Egret Lake Elementary School
Florida Youth Orchestra
Forest Hill Community High School
Guitars Over Guns Operation
Heritage Elementary School
Irie Foundation
Jaega Middle School
JFK Middle School
KEC/Canal Point Elementary School
Lake Worth Community High School
Lake Worth Middle School
Loggers Run Community Middle School
Lynn University Conservatory of Music
Make Music Palm Beach County
Miami Senior High School

New World School of the Performing Arts
New World Symphony
Northmore Elementary School
Northwest Miami Senior High School
Okeechobee High School
Olympic Heights Community High School
Omni Middle School
Osceola County School for the Arts
Palm Beach Public School
Palm Springs Elementary
Palmetto Elementary School
Piper High School
Plumosa Elementary School of the Arts
Riviera Beach Boys and Girls Club
Roosevelt Community Middle School
Sandpiper Shores Elementary School
South Tech Academy
Spanish River High School
Summer Jazz at FAU
Summer Strings at Lynn University
Tequesta Trace Middle School
The Conservatory School at North Palm Beach
The Nat and Maria Cole Memorial Scholarship
U.B. Kinsey/Palmview Elementary School of the Arts
Watson B. Duncan Middle School
Wellington Community High School
Wellington Elementary School
West Boca Raton Community High School
Western Pines Middle School
Youth Activity Center
Youth Orchestra of Palm Beach County
Summer Strings at VanderCook College of Music
Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls

The following are states + countries where over 500 educators are from that participated in Educators Conference in the past:

India
London
Mexico
US Virgin Islands
Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii

Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Missouri
Montana
Nevada

New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Virginia
Washington
Wisconsin

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