Ways You Can Support JAMM: A letter from JAMM President, Lois Mummaw

A Letter from the President of JAMM, Lois Mummaw  jammprez@gmail.com
Hello Jazz Lovers,
I am very excited to be JAMM’s President and to be beginning our 6th year as the Jazz Alliance of Mid-Michigan!
Who would have thought that as a result of the small group of jazz lovers my husband and  I invited to our home in September of 2009, we would have behind us five JAMM Tribute Concerts–Sandy Izenson 2010, Patty Richards 2011, Sue & Gene Rebeck 2012, Randy Gelispie 2013, Sunny Wilkinson & Ron Newman 2014–and looking forward to our 6th JAMM Tribute at Troppo on February 8, 2015 honoring Betty Joplin. Or that JAMM would have provided scholarships to five high school students studying jazz.  Or that JAMM would have contributed over $4000.00 to area jazz festivals.  Or that JAMM would have a 2300+ contact list of jazz lovers who receive our free weekly enewsletter to keep them up-to-date on live jazz events in Mid-Michigan. Or that JAMM would become a 501(c)3 charitable organization.
All of us at JAMM are proud of what we have accomplished and we look forward to continuing all our programs and donations in the future.  JAMM has set goals for 2015.  We would like to increase the amount of our scholarship and the number of students we reward.  We would like to increase our financial contribution to each of the area jazz festivals. We would like to host an internationally known jazz act once per year as a benefit for our Mid-Michigan Jazz Community.  We have an idea for a jazz program for toddlers.  And a program for elementary & middle schoolers.
JAMM has a wealth of talent in our volunteers and board members–they are the best on the planet! I suppose most organizations think this is true of their volunteers, too. But, ours really are!  We are similar to  those other charitable organizations in another way–we need donations to accomplish our goals.
Please take a look below at the four ways you can support JAMM.  Thanks!
Peace, Love, and Long Live Live Jazz,

Four ways to support the Jazz Alliance of Mid-Michigan:
1) Purchase a JAMM Membership
Your Annual JAMM membership dues enable us to maintain our website, send our free e-newsletters via Constant Contact to over 2300 email addresses; pay for our e-news intern, Caroline Glaeser; produce the Annual JAMM Mixer in November, Annual JAMM Tribute in February, and JAMM’s Annual International Jazz Day Party in April.
In addition, your JAMM membership dues fund the Sandy Izenson Scholarship given each year to a high school freshman, sophomore, or junior studying jazz and provides financial support to the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival in June and Lansing JazzFest in August. Since 2013, The JAMM Scholarship Quartet, featuring 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2014 Sandy Izenson Scholaship Recipients, Alex Mejia, Noah Frankforter, James Heinlein, and Conor McCornack, respectively,  has played a live jazz set at each festival.
Perks of JAMM Membership:
Buy tickets to JAMM sponsored events before the general public
Receive “Members Only” email updates
Vote for JAMM Tribute Honorees
Participate on planning committees for JAMM events
Volunteer at JAMM table for Summer Solstice and Lansing Jazz Festivals
Nominate Scholarship Recipient
Run for Officer or Board in elections
Vote for Officers and Board in elections
Membership dues are tax deductible
Five JAMM Membership Options–Pick the one that best describes you:
$10 Student/Musician; $20 Single/Senior; $30 Household/Band                                                              $50 Organization/Business; $100 Institution/Corporate                                                                           (Pricing represents 1 year of dues January 1-December 31)
Two ways to pay:
Pay securely on our website www.jazzjamm.com  using your credit card or PayPal
Send a check to:  JAMM, 1267 Lakeside Drive, E Lansing, MI 48823

2) Designate a gift in any amount to JAMM
Your gift, in any amount, may be designated to the area or event of your choice                           (see descriptions above in the “Purchase a JAMM Membership” section):
JAMM’s website hosting/webmaster stipend,  JAMM’s weekly e-newsletter/Constant Contact fees, social media intern stipend, JAMM Mixer, JAMM Tribute, JAMM’s International Jazz Day Party, JAMM’s Sandy Izenson Scholarship, JAMM’s donation to Summer Solstice Jazz Festival and Lansing Jazz Festival–or you may make a general gift to JAMM.  Gifts of $100 or more will be considered sponsorships of the designated area or event and your name will be listed as a sponsor, unless you would rather remain annonymous.   Your gift is tax deductible.                          JAMM is a 501(c)3 charitable organization.  Checks only, please, made out to:                                                     JAMM, 1267 Lakeside Drive, E Lansing, MI 48823

3) Buy a Limited Edition JAMM T-Shirt
For the first time ever, you can purchase a JAMM TShirt! Show your love for Live Jazz in Mid-Michigan and for JAMM!  Wear it now, wear it often!!  These beautifully designed TShirts will be available at the 5th Annual JAMM Member Mixer on November 11 from 7-10 @ Jazz Tuesdays at Moriarty’s.  The price is $20 per shirt but goes down to $15 if you renew or purchase a JAMM Membership at the Mixer. Not available online yet so come on out on Tuesday night and get yours!

4) Volunteer
Sign up at the Member Mixer to help at events or email your area of interest/expertise to: jammprez@gmail.com