SLO JAZZ FESTIVAL INC

Celebrating life & nurturing the human spirit through jazz related education and music, one event at a time.

aka SLO Jazz Festival   |   Arroyo Grande, CA   |  http://www.slojazzfest.org

Mission

To organize, promote and sponsor festivals, concerts, and education featuring jazz music, jazz-related music and art in the City and County of San Luis Obispo, California. To celebrate life and nurture the human spirit through jazz related music and education, one event at a time.

Ruling year info

2011

Executive Director

Mr. Scott Andrews

Main address

1505 Huckleberry Avenue

Arroyo Grande, CA 93420 USA

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Formerly known as

SLO Jazz Festival

EIN

27-2625815

NTEE code info

Nonmonetary Support N.E.C. (A19)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Jazz music is America's original art form in music. We aim to see it thrive on the Central Coast. Our Mission is to nurture the human spirit through jazz related music and education, one event at a time. Jazz education has been declining in schools, we hope to produce more local jazz musicians for the next generation. We aim to create and sustain a cultural jazz scene on the Central Coast.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SLO Jazz Festival

The SLO Jazz Festival is an annual festival concert event which takes place the last full weekend in September (a change for 2022). The Festival includes local, regional, and International music acts and education programs and supporting vending.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Seniors
Adolescents
Ethnic and racial groups

Summer Jazz Workshop is a 5-day workshop for youth from 8th grade to early college to improve their playing. We offer two segments, (a) Anyone Can Improvise, teaching all levels to form combos, play in large ensemble, and improvise; and (b) Jazz Master Class, teaching more advanced students to form, lead, and perform in their own combo, with advanced levels of music theory applied.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adults

An annual festival of concerts to help increase tourism, exposure jazz on the Central Coast to a Statewide audience, and build upon our donation base. 2022 will be a break coming out of COVID as we move the SLO Jazz Festival into FALL in 2022, we will resume programming a new event in 2023 for Spring timeframe.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Education talks and programs furthering SLO Jazz Festival's mission to educate people relating to all things jazz.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Seniors

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We're focused on 3 primary objectives to enable us to accomplish our mission:
1. Keeping jazz alive and helping it thrive through concerts and events.
2. Educating the youth and public at large about jazz and jazz-related topics.
3. Producing the SLO Jazz Festival and other concerts to the highest quality of our capabilities.

We raise money through the following methods:
1) An investment committee for Jazz success. This committee is recently formed for the express purpose of fundraising for our general fund, the jazz festival, the summer Jazz workshop, and to build a heritage of jazz on the Central Coast.
2) Fundraising concerts, silent auctions, and online fundraising.
3) Sponsorships - we solicit corporations and organizations to sponsor the Jazz Festival, Summer Jazz Workshop, and additional training workshops and concert shows which benefit the jazz festival.
4) Memberships - we invite email subscribers and social media followers to become a member, which includes ticket(s), discounts to events, merchandise, and more.
5) We also sell tickets, food, vending, and alchohol at our events to pay for the artists and infrastructure.

We've built a board, an executive team, and production team that has successfully delivered five jazz festivals, seven Fall Fest shows, five other fundraising concerts, a monthly jazz jam (in 2014), and produced 5 different jazz series concerts at restaurant and mall locations, including Court Street Summer Jazz, Jazz After Dark, and Jazz Brunch. We have over 70 volunteers for the SLO Jazz Festival, and a team of 15 independent contractors who make the shows happen.

The Summer Jazz Workshop is produced through a collaborative relationship between SLO Jazz Festival, Cuesta Jazz, and Cuesta Community Programs. Ron McCarley, Director of Jazz Studies at Cuesta College, is the Director of the Summer Jazz Workshop.

We have successfully delivered five jazz festivals, seven Fall Fest shows, six other fundraising concerts, a monthly jazz jam (in 2014), and produced 5 different jazz series concerts at restaurant and mall locations, including Court Street Summer Jazz, Jazz After Dark, and Jazz Brunch. We have over 70 volunteers for the SLO Jazz Festival, and a team of 15 independent contractors who make the shows happen.

Our current 6th Annual SLO Jazz Festival is September 27-28, 2019 and will feature Grammy Award winning Pacific Mambo Orchestra, Jeff Lorber, and 3X winner Sergio Mendes, Big Sam's Funky Nation, Ricardo Lemvo & Makina Loca, Anton Schwartz Quintet, TrioKAIT, Pub Crawlers, Joe Duran Group, G2 Project, Ragbone Saints, Cuesta College Jazz Bands, Cal Poly Jazz Group, Cuesta Vocal Jazz, and several high school bands.

We are currently aiming to retire our debt and get this current festival in the black to further grow our Summer Jazz Workshop.

We are seeking grants, endowment support, sponsors, and member support for the jazz festival's 2019 season. Please consider contributing to our programs. Thank you.

Financials

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Operations

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SLO JAZZ FESTIVAL INC

Board of directors
as of 3/17/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Jere Sullivan

Law Offices of Jere N. Sullivan, Jr.

Term: 2014 - 2020

Christopher Waterbury

JW Group

Jennifer Wieneke

Along Comes Hope

Jere Sullivan

Law Offices of Jere N. Sullivan, Jr.

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No