Saving Jazz & Blues One Musician At a Time
We face a big problem
Many jazz musicians struggle. Changes in the music industry left many behind. From underground legends and tireless studio players to the big names themselves – thousands endure underemployment, insecure work, and inadequate savings, pension, or insurance. When age or illness threatens a long career, many have nowhere to turn.
What we’re doing about it:
CREATING WORK OPPORTUNITIES
We also create work for underappreciated artists with free concerts. Most of our concerts are in schools, hospitals, and nursing homes.
Musicians who have made a living playing jazz know they can call our office at any time or walk through our doors for help solving an emergency. Each year, we serve +1,000 artists with emergency care and produce +950 concerts. Our safety net prevents homelessness with housing aid, keeps artists healthy with medical care, and keeps the lights on with direct payments to basic utilities.
CONNECTING WITH THE COMMUNITY
We work in partnership with agencies spanning the arts to medicine and social services, including Englewood Hospital & Medical Center, MusiCares, Actor’s Fund, and public schools serving low-income students.
What we’ve accomplished
Cases a year
Total value of our disaster
relief fund to date.
Learn more about what drives our organization, what our goals are, and what we’re determined to accomplish for musicians in need.
Learn how we grew from a grassroots effort by historic musicians to a national nonprofit doing more and more each year to help musicians.
what we do
Learn more about the specifics of how we help musicians in need, the details of our several successful programs, and about how you can help us.
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that is fairly paid and meaningful to artists.