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The Business of Music
Apr 29 7:00pm

Songs: The Soundtrack of your Life

Joe Henderson Lab

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Monday Night Band
May 11 7:30pm

Monday Night Band
Showcase w/ Adam Theis

Miner Auditorium

Family Matinees
May 16 11:00am

Family Matinee:
Carolina Chocolate Drops

Miner Auditorium

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2014-15 Season Master Classes
May 30 12:00pm

Vocal Master Class w/ Kitty Margolis

Joe Henderson Lab

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Non-Member: $3
Member: $2.70


Job Description

The SFJAZZ Development department seeks a part-time, temporary contract writer to support and augment the efforts of the fundraisers on staff. Time can vary greatly, from two to 20 hours per month, depending upon the appeals and special events in production at that time. We are looking for somebody who has significant success writing fundraising appeals in the nonprofit sector as well strong familiarity with the artists and history of jazz music, and who will maintain the organization’s voice of authority and expertise in the field.

Reports to: Director of Development
Department: Development 

About SFJAZZ: SFJAZZ is one of the world’s most popular and important presenters of jazz. The SFJAZZ Center is a perfect stage for jazz artists and the community to celebrate the living American art form of jazz. The $64 million dollar SFJAZZ Center launched in 2013 and the 32-year-old non-profit organization now crafts distinguished programming and education services from the heart of the San Francisco arts district. The budget for the 2014/2015 Season is more than $12 million with about half coming from ticket revenues.

Essential Duties:

  • Produce copy for fundraising appeals, including membership renewals, special program solicitations (i.e. year-end, education appeals), and pledge reminders
  • Produce biographies and organizational background copy for special fundraising event programs, invitations, and marketing materials
  • Reorganize and/or edit existing copy for a variety of channels and formats (email, web, social media, on-site, etc.)
  • In collaboration with Development and Education staff, brainstorm fundraising concepts and themes relevant to current organizational and industry trends, and which leverage the community impact of SFJAZZ artistic and education programs
  • Other writing needs as determined by the Development department

Qualifications Sought:

  • 4-5 years experience writing fundraising copy for nonprofits
  • 2-3 years experience writing about popular music, including jazz and blues
  • Available to work with both long lead times and on short notice
  • Demonstrated familiarity with applying a campaign across multiple channels (print, email, web, social, etc)
  • High level of comfort working with collaborative software, such as Google docs, Smartsheet, Basecamp, etc
  • Superior verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to work remotely

Compensation: Hourly

To apply: Please send resume and three writing samples to All applications must have these components to be considered, and must demonstrate both the music and nonprofit fundraising experience described above. Resumes will be accepted until position filled. Please no phone calls or faxes.

SFJAZZ is an equal opportunity employer and is seeking to create a diverse and harmonious workplace.

SFJAZZ Gala 2015 w/ Honoree Joni Mitchell

Our thoughts and prayers are with you Joni.

SFJAZZ Gala 2015 To Honor Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell is an icon. Her innovative, far-ranging vision has influenced countless musicians across all genres. We honor her in an all-star tribute at the SFJAZZ Gala on May 8, where Ms. Mitchell will receive the SFJAZZ Lifetime Achievement Award, to be presented by Wayne Shorter. VIP Packages and Individual Tickets are currently available at

All-Star Concert

Led by musical directors Brian Blade and Jon Cowherd, the Gala concert will feature special guests Kris Kristofferson, Joe Jackson, Patti Austin, Kurt Elling, Tom Scott, Mark Isham, and Laurie Antonioli interpreting Ms. Mitchell’s groundbreaking work. The SFJAZZ Collective will also debut new arrangements of Joni Mitchell compositions. Other musicians appearing in the concert include Greg Leisz, Melvin Butler, Marvin Sewell, Kelly Jones, Christopher Thomas, Aaron Embry, and Jeff Haynes.


Following the Gala concert, guests at the Giant level and above will be treated to a late-night supper with menu by chef Michael Tusk and decor by Stanlee Gatti Designs. During supper, guests will enjoy performances by the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars Orchestra, which recently received Outstanding Solo Awards at the Crescent City Jazz Festival in New Orleans, and won their division at both the Monterey Jazz Festival’s Next Generation Festival and DownBeat Magazine’s 38th Annual Student Music Awards.

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

The party continues after supper with a full concert by Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. Known to many through the HBO series Treme, Trombone Shorty has performed with everybody from B.B. King and Dr. John to Lenny Kravitz and Mick Jagger, with recent appearances at the White House and GRAMMY Awards. This Trombone Shorty performance is only open to guests at the Giant level and above.

Chairs & Honorary Committee

This year’s Gala is chaired by Nion McEvoy and Penny Coulter. SFJAZZ Gala 2015 Honorary Committee: Rosanna Arquette and Todd Morgan, Sandow Birk and Elyse Pignolet, David Blaine, Orlando Cepeda, Sheryl Crow, Kurt Elling, United States Senator Dianne Feinstein, Jim Goldberg and Alessandra Sanguinetti, Glen Hansard, Bobby and Rosemary Hutcherson, Naomi Judd and Larry Strickland, Kelly Sultan, Philip Kaufman, Delroy and Nashormeh Lindo, Taj Mahal, Davia Nelson, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi and Mr. Paul Pelosi, Bonnie Raitt, Ishmael Reed, Carla Reed, Tennessee Reed, Smokey Robinson, Winona Ryder, Mary Stallings, James Taylor and Caroline Smedvig, Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan, and Lizz Wright.


· $100,000 Legend Package - Premier seating and private dinner with Joni Mitchell
· $50,000 Hero Package - Premier seating
· $25,000 Giant Package - Preferred seating

Individual Tickets

· $10,000 Legend Ticket - Premier seating
· $5,000 Hero Ticket - Premier seating
· $2,500 Giant Ticket - Preferred seating
· $1,000 Concert-Only Ticket - Concert-Only seating

The Business of Music: Songs, The Soundtrack of your Life


The Business of Music
Songs: The Soundtrack of your Life

Wednesday, April 29, 7:00pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Joe Henderson Lab

Larry Batiste

The Business of Music: Music & Technology


The Business of Music
Music & Technology

Wednesday, April 22, 7:00pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Joe Henderson Lab

Chris Wiltsee

The Business of Music: The Biz


The Business of Music
The Biz

Wednesday, April 15, 7:00pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Joe Henderson Lab

Michael Ashburne

The Business of Music: Music Artists


The Business of Music
Music Artists

Wednesday, April 8, 7:00pm
at SFJAZZ Center, Joe Henderson Lab


The Business of Music: Perspectives on an Ever-Changing Industry

4-class series · Wednesdays, April 8 - April 29, 7PM-8:30PM
Joe Henderson Lab
Members: $20/class or $60/full course
Public: $25/class or $75/full course
Curated by Kerry Fiero
Get one class FREE when you buy the full course!

The music business is a multi-million dollar industry, and yet even those who work within it are often unclear as to how to maximize their talent and build a career. This series is designed for vocalists, musicians, and those interested in seeking strategies and information on how to further their careers, as well as music lovers curious about the inner workings of the business. Experts from varying fields will share their perspectives, knowledge and expertise, and highlight the ongoing changes that are shaping the industry today. Non-musicians will gain an appreciation for the diverse subject matter, while musicians will find ways to leverage their talent by having their questions answered. May be enjoyed as a series or individually.

Kerry Fiero began her career in the music industry as a personal manager. For over a decade she guided and directed the careers of signed and independent music acts in the R&B and Jazz genres. Kerry's music industry endeavors also included managing a SF venue, booking an East Bay venue, marketing for a Music Awards show, production work on Music Videos, working at an entertainment law firm and a stint in the SFJAZZ Artistic Dept. Kerry is an adjunct professor at San Francisco State University's Music/ Recording Industry Program where she teaches Applied Strategies: Breaking Into The Music Business, Music Marketing, Event Marketing and Music & Entertainment Event Management. She is also the COO of Suite Treatments, Inc.

The Business of Music
Apr 29 7:00pm

Songs: The Soundtrack of your Life

Larry Batiste


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