The mission of the Michigan Jazz Festival, Inc., is to promote and encourage public interest, appreciation and support for jazz as a musical art form and a cultural resource. Toward this end, the organization will conduct an annual day-long Jazz Festival in the Southeastern area of Michigan. Various jazz artists and groups will be invited to perform. The event will be open to the public without cost to those attending.
Performing artists will be selected by the Board of Directors or a committee appointed by the Board. It is anticipated that approximately five thousand people, representing a wide range of ages and backgrounds, will attend each annual Festival.
To the extent that it is necessary to compensate performing artists in order to insure a high level of quality and diversity of the music, the Michigan Jazz Festival, Inc., will raise funds to match monies provided by the Music Performance Trust Fund in order to pay performers a reasonable fee. Sponsors will be sought to help defray this cost along with other necessary expenses. It is anticipated that the organization may sell commemorative items such as t-shirts, caps or pins. All those who help with the activities, other than the performing musicians, will be volunteers.
The organization sponsors Jazz Brunches and occasional concerts, which feature live jazz performances. There is a fixed charge for attendance to these events but additional contributions are also sought. Additionally, the organization sponsors attendance-free jazz workshops and clinics for area high schools, focusing on styles and techniques of jazz. Fundraisers are scheduled throughout the year including: concerts at Clarenceville’s Schmidt Auditorium; and Father’s Day and Thanksgiving brunches at Schoolcraft College. It is hoped that the Michigan Jazz Festival, Inc., will eventually be able to conduct jazz workshops and clinics in area elementary and middle schools.
The Internal Revenue Service has determined that the Michigan Jazz Festival is a non-profit corporation as described in Section 501(c)3. of the Internal Revenue Code and is assigned Federal Identification Number 38-3351011.
Board of Directors
John Trudell, president
Craig Strain, vice president
Mary Sen, secretary
Michael G. Nastos, recording secretary
Joan Schott, treasurer
Morry Cohen, dec.
Midge Ellis, dec.
Louise Greenwald, dec.
Murray Katzman, dec.
Emil Moro, dec.
Tom Saunders, dec.
Eileen Standley, dec.
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Michigan Jazz Festival
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18600 Haggerty Rd.
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