The Jazz Arts Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit, educational organization whose mission is “to enhance the awareness of Jazz as a performing art”. Since it’s establishment in 1989, the Foundation has published newsletters, coordinated jazz calendars, awarded educational scholarships and sponsored many jazz events and performances. The latter included the Regional Artist Series of five concerts each year at Breedings nightclub in downtown Lexington, KY between 1991 and 1993. During that same period it arranged for jazz ensembles to perform as part of the Children’s Miracle Network Charity Telethons. From 1990 to 2000 it coordinated talent for the Jazz Corner at Lexington’s Annual Fourth of July Festival (annual project budget of $1,000) as well as sponsoring a float with musicians playing dixieland jazz. Since 1997 JAF has continuously produced the FREE monthly Jazz: Live at the Library! concert series on the 2nd Thursday of the month (now over 125 shows) in the downtown Lexington Central Library Farish Theater, which has featured over 205 different musicians from the Kentucky, Ohio, Nashville, Indiana and Internationally from Brazil and the Soviet Union. For 5 years (2010 to 2014) JAF produced the Lexington Jazz Festival at Talon Winery bringing together local, regional and national jazz performers for an afternoon of great jazz on the first Sunday in June. JAF is currently in it’s fifth year (2013 to 2017) of producing the FREE Jazz on the Porch (JOP) concert series held on the last Sunday (when possible) of the months of May through September at Talon Winery. JOP was inaugurated by Vice President and board member, Teresa Tope, while she was employed at Bluegrass Community & Technical College and was initially held on Friday evenings for 3 years prior to JAF taking over to continue the series, which is now in it’s eight season.
In the past several years the Foundation has awarded more than $4,000 in youth scholarships for jazz camps and workshops. More than one hundred youth and adult musicians have participated in these Foundation programs. It is estimated that the audience for JAF events has exceeded 30,000 people.
Board meetings are held on the first Wednesday of the month from 6 to 7 PM (unless otherwise noted), as determined by the Executive Committee (at least 3 per calendar year), and are open to members and the public, however, please submit the Contact form letting us know of your intent to attend since the meeting room is small. Thank you.
The Board Meeting dates and location for 2017 are at the following Lexington Public Library branches:
Tates Creek Branch, 3628 Walden Dr., Lexington, KY, (859) 231-5500:
Northside Branch Library, 1733 Russell Cave Rd., Lexington, KY, in the small meeting room:
Eastside Branch Library, 3000 Blake James Dr, Lexington , KY 40509, (859) 231-5500, in the small meeting room:
Please submit your intent and information using the Contact page on this site if you plan to attend any board meeting.
Directors and Officers are now needed to continue our mission to enhance the awareness of Jazz for the next 25 years. Click HERE for more information, and click HERE for a list of duties for each Officer. If you are seriously interested in serving on a dynamic board of directors, please complete the information at the bottom of the “more information” form and mail it in or submit your information on the Contact form. Thank you for your interest.
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The Jazz Arts Foundation, Inc. is grateful for the IBM On Demand Community Grant that was used to fund the creation of the previous version of our website for its first year. JAF has also benefited from other On Demand Community Grants that have paid for office, computer and photographic equipment, fliers and posters, and other items. The continuation of IBM’s commitment to the community through its On Demand Community program is greatly appreciated.