JazzFest History

Kulas Foundation

Awarded: 2017
Born: 1937

"Imagine an educational exchange in which students and jazz masters both benefit. That’s the Kulas Visiting Artist Program at Tri-C. And we’re proud to support it!"

- Kulas Foundation


The Tri-C JazzFest is grateful for the generous and ongoing support of many organizations and foundations, particularly the Kulas Foundation.

The Kulas Foundation was established in 1937 by the industrialist Elroy J. Kulas and his wife Fynette Hill Kulas to support the musical arts in Greater Cleveland. Today, the Foundation continues to focus on music and also makes grants in the areas of arts and culture, community, higher education and music therapy research.