SFJAZZ Center Reaches Capital Campaign Goal!

SFJAZZ is excited to announce that the organization has reached the $64 million goal of The World Is Listening campaign for the SFJAZZ Center. The campaign funds created the award-winning SFJAZZ Center that opened on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 21, 2013 and has become a globally recognized bellwether of art, music, culture, and community in San Francisco’s Civic Center performing arts district.

The achievement of the goal is made all the more extraordinary as an anonymous donor stepped forward to propel the campaign past the $64 million mark with a $3 million matching challenge gift. This gift establishes a designated endowment fund for the SFJAZZ Collective, an ensemble fostered and managed by SFJAZZ, while matching funds will go towards SFJAZZ’s general endowment.

“Jazz has a home in San Francisco and the completion of the $64 million campaign guarantees it,” said Donald Derheim, SFJAZZ CEO. “The incredible challenge gift on top of the campaign really promises that the SFJAZZ Collective will continue to champion and expand jazz around the world.”

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SFJAZZ Center News

San Francisco Chronicle - 05.07.2011
SFJAZZ broke ground Friday for the SFJAZZ Center, a luminous 35,000-square-foot structure that will rise at Fell and Franklin streets in vibrant Hayes Valley and provide a permanent home for the West Coast's premier jazz-presenting organization.

San Jose Mercury News - 05.05.2011
Groundbreaking ceremonies for the SFJAZZ organization's new $60 million performance center, a glass-walled multifunction facility designed by San Francisco-based architect Mark Cavagnero, are slated for 1 p.m. Friday at Fell and Franklin Streets.

Wall Street Journal - 03.31.2011
In May, SFJAZZ will break ground for a 35,000-square-foot building that will include the Robert N. Miner Auditorium, with flexible seating for 350 to 700 people; an 80-seat black-box performance, rehearsal and education space; a digital learning lab; and a street-level café.

05.06.2010
The SFJAZZ Board of Trustees today announced plans to build the first permanent home for the 28 year old San Francisco institution, one of the world’s most comprehensive and innovative jazz organizations.

San Francisco Chronicle - 05.06.2010
SFJAZZ will build itself a permanent home in San Francisco - the first stand-alone major facility in the country devoted to the swinging American art form.

The New York Times - 05.07.2010
SFJAZZ, the San Francisco arts organization, will announce plans on Friday to build its own facility dedicated to jazz: a 35,000-square-foot building in that city’s Hayes Valley neighborhood, with two adaptable theater spaces inside.

Help Build the Future of SFJAZZ

SFJAZZ is already a world leader for jazz presentation, education and creation. But now, we have an extraordinary opportunity to literally “build” on this legacy and embark on the next stage of our journey with the SFJAZZ Center.

We've launched the World is Listening campaign to make the SFJAZZ Center a reality. Led by an anonymous gift of $20 million, the largest ever given to a jazz institution, the campaign will raise $50 million towards construction of this facility, plus $10 million to expand the SFJAZZ Endowment and provide a permanent source of operating income.

All together, the World is Listening campaign will enable us to grow strategically, creating new infrastructure, programming and financial viability for long-term success. All while culitvating audiences and fostering future generations of jazz musicians.

Why Jazz is Important

Jazz is America's great contribution to the arts. It is thrilling, exhilarating and thought-provoking music that stirs emotions of all kinds, in the mind and in the heart and in the soul. Its influence extends worldwide, touching and enriching all related forms of music. It is a vibrant art form that deserves a special place in our culture.

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SFJAZZ has been presenting the finest jazz musicians in the world for nearly 30 years. It has also presented the finest musicians from around the world who have been influenced by jazz. San Francisco has been a great city for these kinds of music always. It seems fitting that this organization should build this special place in this city.

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We've launched the World is Listening campaign to make the SFJAZZ Center a reality. Led by an anonymous gift of $20 million, the largest ever given to a jazz institution, the campaign will raise $53 million towards construction of this facility, plus $10 million to expand the SFJAZZ Endowment and provide a permanent source of operating income.

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All together, the World is Listening campaign will enable us to grow strategically, creating new infrastructure, programming and financial viability for long-term success. All while cultivating audiences and fostering future generations of jazz musicians.

Institutional and Government Support

Private and corporate foundations, together with government agencies, such as the National Endowment for the Arts, are key partners in SFJAZZ’s success. Grants from these partners not only provide us with critical general operating support, but they also support individual SFJAZZ programs, such as the Jazz in the Middle residency program that integrates jazz music with classroom curricula, and the SFJAZZ Collective, our resident all-star ensemble.

We work closely with our foundation and government supporters to identify opportunities that will enable them to best meet their giving priorities. Moreover, we recognize these funding partners in printed and electronic materials as appropriate.

Foundations, Corporations, and Government Agencies

Autodesk
The Capital Group Co. Charitable Foundation
Columbia Foundation
The Aaron Copland Fund for Music
Lisa & Douglas Goldman Fund
Goldman Sachs Gives
Bill Graham Supporting Foundation
Grants for the Arts — San Francisco Hotel Fund

 

Walter and Elise Haas Fund
The Hearst Foundation
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
The William G. Irwin Charity Foundation
Koret Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
The San Francisco Foundation
U.S. Bank
Wells Fargo Foundation
 

SFJAZZ volunteers are a big-hearted group of people who are central to our efforts to bring world-class jazz to the San Francisco Bay Area. Over 400 volunteers annually share their time and expertise with us in a variety of capacities during the San Francisco Jazz Festival and our yearly seasons, including:

  • Ushers
  • Front of House Assistance
  • Special Events
  • Office Assistance
  • Education Events

We honor and reward our volunteers in a number of ways, including free SFJAZZ merchandise and the annual volunteer party. Plus, volunteers who contribute 15 hours or more of service receive the gift of an SFJAZZ Individual level membership.

To learn more about volunteering at SFJAZZ, email volunteer@sfjazz.org.

Corporate Partnership

Corporate Partnerships offer your company the opportunity to engage with the SFJAZZ community, while aligning your company with one of the country's leading jazz institutions.  Whether in the form of sponsorships, grants, or other corporate involvement, your support of SFJAZZ is appreciated and rewarded.  Support can be targeted to a single concert, series, festival, or entire season.  Whether you choose to support the San Francisco Jazz Festival, one of our award-winning educational programs, or another aspect of our diverse musical programs, a corporate partnership with SFJAZZ offers valuable business opportunities for your enterprise.  

Corporate Membership

The SFJAZZ Corporate Membership Program provides your company with a host of benefits designed to add value to your employees’ relationships with you and your community. Additionally, the partnership further enhances your company’s reputation as a positive and forward-looking workplace. Becoming an SFJAZZ Corporate Member showcases the value you place on your employees—by having the benefit of living in a world-class metropolitan area and aligning your company with an internationally renowned music institution.

The SFJAZZ Leaders Circle is a community of kindred spirits who share a passion for the music and a desire to have a greater impact on our mission with annual gifts starting at $1,200. Besides receiving all basic SFJAZZ Membership benefits, Leaders Circle members enjoy special perks that bring you closer to the music and artists you love including:

  • VIP service and seating
    Prime seats, personalized ticket service, and free exchanges.
  • Exclusive events
    Complimentary wine at intermissions of select performances and post-performance parties.
  • Brushes with greatness
    Receptions with the finest artists in the world and intimate performances in private homes.
  • The satisfaction of making a difference 
    Larger gifts have a greater impact on the music we present, bring our education programs to more young people and lifelong learners, and give San Francisco a performing arts organization that is known and respected worldwide.

Levels of Membership

$1,200

Presenters Level

    Enjoy all of the regular benefits of membership, plus...
  • Personal VIP ticketing service via the Leaders Circle Ticket Concierge
  • Premium seating
  • Reserved Seating at General Admission shows in Miner Auditorium & Joe Henderson Lab
  • Leaders Circle Lounges – savory and sweet amuse-bouche, wine, beer, and a variety of non-alcoholic beverages at select concerts
  • Behind the Scenes Open Rehearsal and reception with the SFJAZZ Collective
  • Post-concert Season Celebrations and Festival Fêtes with guest artists

$2,500

Directors Level

    Enjoy the benefits listed above, plus...
  • Invitation to an intimate Salon performance in a private home or special venue
  • Annual Limited Edition Copy of our SFJAZZ Collective CD of original compositions and new arrangements

$5,000

Producers Level

    Enjoy the benefits listed above, plus...
  • Sponsor recognition in association with a Miner Auditorium or Joe Henderson Lab concert
  • 15% discount on SFJAZZ Center facility use rental fees (please contact SFJAZZ for details)

$10,000

Artists Circle

    Enjoy the benefits listed above, plus...
  • Invitation to annual Artists Dinner with special guest artist(s)
  • Free Parking at the Performing Arts Garage for all SFJAZZ Center shows
  • 2 Sponsor recognitions in association with a Miner Auditorium or Joe Henderson Lab Concert

Come play a part in jazz history

Join Giant Steps now and be there every step of the way as we make history with the building of the SFJAZZ Center— our permanent home dedicated to jazz performance and education.

Make a membership commitment at any level from $300 Benefactor up through our Leaders Circle, agree to stay at that level for three years, and you’ll be a part of Giants Steps. You'll not only enjoy all the core benefits of SFJAZZ membership, but you'll also participate in once-in-a-lifetime moments of the building’s construction—from groundbreaking to the grand opening.

Where will a giant step take you?

Giant Steps gives you all the benefits of SFJAZZ membership at your selected level, plus:

  • Your name inscribed on the SFJAZZ Center

    Limited opportunities—please act quickly

  • An invitation to the groundbreaking event

    Two tickets per Giant Steps household

  • An invitation to an exclusive grand opening celebration

    Two commemorative passes per Giant Steps household

  • The satisfaction of playing a part in jazz history

Giant Steps is a great way to enhance your membership, whether you're a longstanding SFJAZZ Member or joining us for the first time. It allows you to participate in once-in-a-lifetime moments of the building's construction—an opportunity that will never happen again. Be there from the start as we make history with the SFJAZZ Center.

Three ways to join

  1. Online: Select your level here

  2. Phone: (415) 398-5655 x125

  3. In Person: visit our Box Office, for hours and location, click here.

Take the step and be there from the start as we make history with the SFJAZZ Center!

 

Please Note: Giants Steps and membership gifts go to the SFJAZZ Annual Fund, supporting our programming and operations. If you would like to make a gift directly to The World is Listening campaign for the SFJAZZ Center, please visit here.

Building the shape of jazz to come

By any measure, SFJAZZ is a world leader and key reference point for jazz presentation, education and creation. But now, we have an extraordinary opportunity to literally “build” on this legacy and embark on the next stage of our journey with the building of the SFJAZZ Center.

The SFJAZZ Center is being built specifically for the growth of jazz music and audiences alike. It is the first concert hall of its type in the United States: a freestanding, high-quality performance venue with flexible seating and staging for artists of every stature. Designed by award-winning architect Mark Cavagnero and located in San Francisco’s vibrant cultural corridor, the SFJAZZ Center will comprise 35,000 square feet in a transparent, freestanding LEED Certified structure.

With this spectacular new building, SFJAZZ will take its place alongside the Symphony, the opera and other major institutions, as a permanent home for jazz—America’s original, indigenous art form.

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"For the first time, jazz in America will have a counterpart to the symphony hall, an edifice that proclaims the value of jazz to anyone who sees it on the street." — The Chicago Tribune

"The SFJAZZ Center is ambitious in its vision to present the diverse spectrum of jazz at a first-rate facility."
San Francisco Chronicle