How Contributions Help


AJM-EDUThe American Jazz Museum’s largest current need is for general operating support.  Additional needs include: (1) support for performance expenses; (2) endowment support; (3) funds to update technology in the Museum’s permanent exhibit; and (4) marketing funds for increased awareness of the Museum’s programs and events.Examples of what your support allows the American Jazz Museum to achieve:

  • Your $50 donation will:

– purchase supplies for educational programs
– restore/digitize 124 ft. of film, about 3.5 minutes of footage, from the John Baker Film Collection

  • Your $100 donation will:

– bring a featured jazz poet to the Blue Room for one Jazz Poetry Jams session
– present a licensed music therapist to work with the elderly at a Swing Time event

  • Your $250 donation will:

– distribute presents for 100 children (ages 2-7) at the Jazz Storytelling holiday program
– provide an elderstatesmen jazz band to work with the music therapist at one Swing Time event

  • Your $500 donation will:

– offer one Jazz Storytelling event to educate children on fundamentals of music
– purchase a new computer for American Jazz Museum office use

  • Your $1,000 donation will:

– present one free concert in the Atrium or Jay McShann Pavilion to the general public
– hire one national act to perform in the Blue Room

  • Your $5,000 donation will:

– complete repairs and maintenance on the permanent exhibit for one year
– achieve one hundred hours work cataloging/digitizing the John Baker Film Collection

  • Your $10,000 donation will:

– present a traveling exhibit in the Changing Gallery for three months

  • Your $25,000 donation will:

– present one Jammin’ at the Gem concert at the Gem Theater

Please consider making a donation to the American Jazz Museum, and help us maintain the traditions of musical excellence that were established decades ago in this very neighborhood – the Historic 18th & Vine Jazz District.

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