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ColaJazz Foundation

The driving beat in jazz education, performance and outreach.

aka ColaJazz   |   Columbia, SC   |  https://colajazz.com

Mission

The ColaJazz Foundation is dedicated to growing, supporting and promoting jazz in the Midlands through events, education, recordings, resources and advocacy in order to create a thriving culturally rich community. We aim to be the driving beat in jazz education, performance and outreach providing opportunities for all from the musician to the student to the audience. We strive to serve our community, create cultural enrichment and make our capital city a premiere jazz destination in the southeast.

Ruling year info

2020

CEO

Mark Rapp

Main address

914 Pulaski Street

Columbia, SC 29201 USA

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EIN

84-2847862

NTEE code info

Music (A68)

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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?

Jazz Education

From our summer jazz camp, Jazz for Young People programs, workshops, after-school programs, online resources and more, our education initiatives are well-rounded and simply thrilling! ColaJazz's education programs drive our organization’s efforts to advance the appreciation, understanding, and performance of jazz. ColaJazz offers a continuum of jazz education programs that are designed to suit the varied interests and capabilities of children, teens, and adults. Students learn about jazz’s distinctly American heritage and history. We use Jazz to teach life skills, tolerance, social equality and to instill the desire to learn, be creative and to be your best self while being community-minded.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our Jazz Outreach Programs bring jazz appreciation concerts into schools of all levels, children's hospital, assisted living facilities and the like reaching children, people and families, bringing hope and healing through jazz music. Proven time and time again, ColaJazz affects real change. Jazz is uplifting, instills hope, provides positive energy, fuels healing and creates a pathway to an enriched life. Jazz teaches leadership skills, communication, self-discovery, finding value in the individual while celebrating a group dynamic, facing adversity with skill and style, adjusting in the moment and being ok with change. From a parent seeing their child light up and finding focus through the music, to a cancer patient forgetting about the pain for moment, to a troubled youth experiencing the possibilities of healthier communication and so much more, our ColaJazz Outreach makes a difference! In addition, all of these efforts give our local artists meaningful work.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Governor's Award in the Arts 2021

SC Arts Commission

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

The ColaJazz Foundation aims to be the driving beat in jazz education, performance and outreach providing opportunities for all from the musician to the student to the audience. We strive to serve our community, create cultural enrichment and make our capital city a premiere jazz destination in the southeast. The ColaJazz Foundation aims to develop our future leaders, create sustainable work to retain artists and make our capital city an exciting place to live, work and play.

The ColaJazz Foundation is a 2021 Governor Award winning community-minded 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

The ColaJazz Foundation provides access to world class musicians, supports our own, invests in our future and does everything we can to ensure jazz has a home here in Columbia, SC. The ColaJazz community is comprised of musicians, educators, patrons, students, and anyone who desires to support jazz and develop our capital city’s cultural heritage.

The ColaJazz Foundation remains committed to jazz which reveals the best of American culture. Jazz music from the beginning has taught us to persevere with intelligence, style and grace, be creative, work with others, celebrate differences, respect tradition while breaking new ground, be your best self while advancing the group, and jazz brings people together.

The ColaJazz Foundation strategies include producing an annual season offering an after-school curriculum, Jazz for Young People concerts & workshops, ColaJazz Summer Camp, ColaJazz Fest, Great Day in Columbia, Live in the Lobby (Koger Center for the Arts), monthly Dinner & Jazz concerts, Jazz Appreciation Month ColaJazz Crawl and International Jazz Day concert, Virtual Concerts and more bringing people from across the state and beyond to enjoy our capital city.

The ColaJazz Foundation's capabilities are unquestionable and reliable through strong leadership, an engaged team and utilizing the strengths of our local and regional jazz educators and performers. The ColaJazz Foundation also has strong partnerships with a variety of businesses and organizations throughout the state.

How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback

Financials

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Operations

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ColaJazz Foundation

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Shelley Magee


Board co-chair

Shari Hutchinson

Mark Rouse

David Campbell

Luther Battiste

Mary Kate Korpita

Sylvia Hanna

Katherine Davis

Amanda Duggan

Susan Levi-Wallach

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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/20/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/17/2021

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  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.