TIP Internship Program

Tipitina’s Internship Program led by artistic director, Donald Harrison Jr., is an after-school jazz program for high school students. The program focuses on instrumental performance, recording, music theory, and career professionalism. The program is free of charge and accepts intermediate and advanced music students. Participants are expected to be interested in pursuing a career in music.

  • Those interested in being admitted to the Internship Program must be available to attend class once a week throughout the school year – each class is 2 hours.
  • Classes are free and are held on Mondays from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
  • Students must be available for several performance opportunities as well.

Are you interested in auditioning for our Tipitina’s Internship Program? 

Complete the application here:

Deadline for submission is Tuesday, August 21 by 12:00 p.m., noon. If accepted, there is a $15 registration fee.

Tipitina’s Internship Program serves students from high schools throughout Greater New Orleans. Participants are ethnically and socio-economically diverse; this diversity is one of the program’s key strengths. Students who go on to higher-level university music and production programs are ahead of their peers thanks to the many hours of direct support they received from the Tipitina’s Foundation staff.

  • More than 170 interns have graduated from the program since its inception
  • Each year approximately 20 students participate in the Internship Program
  • Through the Tipitina’s Internship Program, more than a dozen students have received full scholarships to Berklee College of Music

Past participants have continued their music studies at the Juilliard School, Brown University, the Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music at Tisch School of the Arts / NYU, The Manhattan School of Music, New England Conservatory, and the Berklee College of Music. As a result of the Tipitina’s Internship Program, students have had the opportunity to play at events, such as national conventions, conferences, parties, benefit concerts, and movie openings–starting them on their music business career path.The program is part of the Berklee City Music Network, makes use of the PULSE online curriculum, and has sent numerous students to Berklee’s acclaimed Summer Music Program, as well as Berklee’s regular four-year program.

“Being part of the Tipitina’s Internship Program was a life-changing experience. The instruction I received was much more than just the right notes to play; I learned how to conduct myself as a musician and businessman.”  – Charles Burchel

Interns spend time developing instrumental skills, learning recording technologies and production techniques, participating in workshops with musicians, producers, and scholars, as well as receiving general academic tutoring. Past Interns include Trombone Shorty, Kris Royal, and Jon Batiste. 

The program strives to create positive change in the lives of young New Orleans via a curriculum comprised of the following components:

  • Recording studio sessions
  • Internet tools and resources
  • Promotion, publicity, and advertising master classes
  • Music business master class
  • Music production lessons
  • Ethnomusicology of New Orleans music
  • Music performance master classes

    This program is supported by a grant from the New Orleans Theatre Association (NOTA)

    This program is supported by a grant from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation

    This program is supported by the New Orleans City Council-Harrah’s New Orleans Casino Community Support Grant

    This program is supported in part by a Community Arts Grant made possible by the City of New Orleans and administered by the Arts Council New Orleans.

    Supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the Arts Council New Orleans. Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works. 


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