The Trombone Shorty Foundation’s mission is to inspire the next generation of talented youth through music education, instruction, mentorship, and performance. By honoring the New Orleans tradition of “playing it forward‚” from the earliest jazz legends onward, the foundation seeks to preserve and perpetuate the musical heritage since 2012. Experienced and professional teachers, tutors, and mentors support every student in the pursuit of a well-rounded understanding of New Orleans’ musical traditions, experience in music performance, reading, writing, and business. Throughout its programs,  young people are supported and nurtured by both staff and Artist Educators, who all have worked within the music industry on both the business and music side.