Jazz Pensacola conducts two main projects that depend heavily on special donations from the membership. We invite you to help support Pensacola JazzFest as a JazzFest VIP Donor and our Jazz Education Program and Student Jazz Competition as a Jazz Education Team Supporter, also known as JETS.
Donations now can be made directly on this website by visiting our Join/Support Page.
If you haven’t been a VIP donor in the past but have attended JazzFests, you may have noticed the nice tent strategically placed to see both stages, with people sitting in the shade sipping soft drinks and enjoying snacks. This special tent is for our VIP donors and corporate sponsors. You can become a VIP donor for only $100 (or more if you wish), and invite a guest to join you in the VIP tent. Your name will also be listed in the program as a VIP, acknowledging your special contribution toward making Pensacola JazzFest a reality.
Remember, Pensacola JazzFest may be free to the public, but it is not free to Jazz Pensacola. As an organization, we have bills to pay. We need to maximize fundraising of corporate and personal donations to ensure the future of Pensacola JazzFest. Your contribution helps substantially in keeping our $40,000-plus JazzFest alive and well.
Please consider joining the other VIP donors by giving a special contribution and enjoying the best seat in the house.
We also invite you to join JETS for the current school year by making a tax-deductible donation of $100 or more to help make our jazz education programs possible.
When we launched our jazz education initiatives in 2010, it was a brand-new effort by the Jazz Society of Pensacola to reach out to younger musicians as they begin their lifetime adventure with music. The first year’s program included our first Student Jazz Competition and 12 in-school workshops, presented by top musician educators who worked one-on-one with area middle and high school jazz bands. Feedback from the band directors and the young musicians was uniformly positive and exciting.
Since that first year, we have presented more workshops and continued through our sixth annual Student Jazz Competition. Over $16,000 in monetary support awards earned by the winners went toward jazz camps, school tuition, purchase and repair of musical instruments, and lessons, helping these young musicians continue their development. Encouraging these students is vital to the future of America’s music—Jazz. We feel helping students discover jazz and their place in the jazz community will serve them throughout their lifetime.
Now, as we enter our seventh year of these initiatives, our main goal is to continue with the 2017 Student Jazz Competition. This will require approximately $5,000 in funding. As a member of JETS, you will help make the next Student Jazz Competition possible. You will be recognized with our special thanks on jazzpensacola.com and in the program for the Sixth Annual Student Jazz Competition planned for Friday, March 17, at the Ashmore Fine Arts Auditorium on the campus of Pensacola State College. We hope you will give that extra support to our jazz education programs, highlighted by the annual Student Jazz Competition, and the young jazz musicians we seek to encourage, develop and inspire.
Make your special VIP, JETS and/or general fund donation online by clicking here. If you’d like to pay with a check at our offices, make the check payable to Jazz Pensacola. You also can pay via credit card by phoning the office at (850) 433-8382 during office hours, 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. Donations to Jazz Pensacola are considered tax-deductible contributions, and any amount you choose to give will be greatly appreciated.
The F. Norman Vickers Artist in Residence Fund
On the thirtieth anniversary year of the JSOP, the Board announced the establishment of The F. Norman Vickers Artist In Residence Fund in honor of our founder. This is the first permanent fund created by the Society, and it offers an exciting new avenue for your support.
The F. Norman Vickers Artist In Residence Fund is designated to further the long term mission of the JSOP. It would support bringing noted jazz musicians and educators to Pensacola to provide instruction, performance and assistance to our membership and community constituents. The jazz artists selected would be made available for workshops and instruction to area schools and institutions of higher learning. The artist in residence would also provide special concerts that would augment the existing scheduled performances of the JSOP.
Contributions to, and earnings from the F. Norman Vickers Artist In Residence Fund, will be kept and reported on separately from other JSOP finances and activities. Rules for fund administration and financial reports will be made available to members and donors upon request. As a designated fund, the F. Norman Vickers Artist in Residence Fund meets the requirements of the 501(c) (3) not for profit requirements, and expenditures from the Fund are restricted to its stated purposes.
Please consider contributing to the goals of this important and exciting venture, personally, or in honor of a birthday, anniversary, or in memory of a loved one. You may also find it an appropriate estate planning option. Make contributions payable to The F. Norman Vickers Artist in Residence Fund and mail your check to Jazz Pensacola, 3 West Garden St., Suite 418 • Pensacola, FL 32502-5633.