A LETTER FROM THE COMMUNITY JAZZ CENTER . . .
Dear Supporter of Jazz and CJC,
As 2013 draws to a close, it is the time of year when you might be considering showing support to your favorite non-profit organizations. We are contacting you today to request your consideration of the Des Moines Community Jazz Center.
The Community Jazz Center has been providing services for local student jazz musicians and the jazz community for 25 years now, but could not continue without the support of wonderful patrons, supporters and volunteers like you. Many CJC alumni are currently performing locally and nationally as professional musicians and owe a debt of gratitude to the CJC for fostering their talents when they first picked up their instruments and became interested in this great American art form known as jazz.
With the support of people like yourselves, the CJC has accomplished many great things to promote jazz in Central Iowa, including:
§ Monthly jam sessions at Java Joe’s that allow student musicians to perform publicly alongside professional musicians.
§ The CJC website (www.dmcommunityjazzcenter.com) that chronicles the mission of the CJC, provides various resources and provides the most complete calendar of jazz events in Des Moines.
§ Providing the CJC Facebook page which provides social media interaction between the jazz community is constantly updated to instantly inform followers of local jazz and upcoming events.
§ The annual CJC Hall of Fame and Awards program that recognizes the past, present and future of jazz in Des Moines.
§ The CJC sponsors an annual Junior High Jazz Festival and also the CJC Jack Oatts Honor Bands which provide valuable experience for young musicians with an interest in Jazz.
§ The CJC Big Band which performs on the third Sunday of every month at Java Joe’s.
§ The CJC provides resources and answers to your questions regarding local jazz opportunities for either students or adults. Feel free to email us anytime at email@example.com.
§ The WEEKLY that is sent to the email list every Wednesday with upcoming jazz events and other local jazz news.
§ The “Stu Calhoon Summer Scholarship” that provides funding support for jam partipants to enroll in a summer jazz program.
While the services that CJC provides have increased over the years, so have our expenses. The cost of clinicians, jam rhythm sections, newsletters, postage, insurance, etc., etc., etc. have all risen over the years. These expenses associated with cost have risen faster than our general membership revenues. This is why we are asking you to consider providing support for the services we provide day in and day out.
Please consider a tax-deductible gift of any amount that you like. Choose a membership level or merely enter any amount you like. Your contribution helps us to continue providing the programs that we currently do or provide new ones. You may specify what programs you are interested in supporting (e.g. Hall of Fame, youth jam sessions, membership, etc).
- Student - $10
- Adult - $20
- Patron - $30
- School - $35
Of course, you might consider a donation of $50, $100, $250, $500 or more during this 25th anniversary of the Des Moines Community Jazz Center.
Another vehicle for a donation that you might consider is a memorium to recognize the passing of a loved one or perhaps or even a beloved member of the jazz community (Stu Calhoon, Jack Oatts, Bobby Dawson, Frank Tribble) as many others have done in the past.
You may either donate through Paypal by linking on the link on the homepage of our website (www.dmcommunityjazzcenter.org) or simply make your check payable to CJC and mail it to:
CJC, 2921 Patricia Drive, Urbandale, IA 50322