If I had to choose one word to describe last year for JAMM, I would choose the word “change”.
Our yearly schedule of events changed, our Board changed, our e-news intern changed, and our fundraising/sponsorship opportunities changed. Even with all this change, JAMM’s Treasurer, Gregg Hill is delighted to report that we ended the year on a positive financial note. JAMM is beginning 2016 with $1500 in the bank. This is roughly half of what JAMM needs to operate at its current capacity for one year….(read more)
2nd Tuesday in January–Annual JAMM Member Mixer/ Scholarship Recipient Announced
April 30– Annual International Jazz Day Party
Mid June–East Lansing Summer Solstice Festival
Early August–Lansing Jazzfest/ JAMM Tribute Honoree Announced
2nd Sunday in November–Annual JAMM Tribute Concert
The main difference in the yearly schedule was a decision by the Board to “flip-flop” the Mixer and the Tribute. The reasons to hold the Tribute in November instead of February are: Too much conflict with other jazz events in the past–Feb is very busy with Black History Month, Valentine’s Day, and many visiting artists. Also, weather is a concern. This also gives the JAMM Tribute Honoree a full year to represent JAMM at Live Performances.
By announcing the Sandy Izenson Scholarship Recipient at the January Mixer, he/she will have more time to rehearse with the Scholarship Trio/Quartet to perform at Int’l Jazz Day Party, SSJF, LJF, and The Tribute in November.
Our Board decided on a few goals for 2016 that would help support JAMM’s mission of “preserving and promoting live jazz across Mid-Michigan”:
Double the number of paid members in 2016 from 75 to 150
Raise $2850 in designated contributions to fund our 2016 operating expenses
Identify and apply for at least 3 grants that support JAMM’s mission
Update and organize website in an archival format with text, pictures, and video for each event