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A worthy home for world-class jazz

South Florida has a wealth of world-class talent in its jazz community. Although we have venues for classical music, opera, dance, and theater, there is no permanent venue dedicated to jazz. Moreover, existing (for-profit) jazz venues are disappearing. The Miami Jazz Cooperative is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2010 by 115 South Florida jazz musicians, educators, and broadcasters to establish a permanent,... more »
Who are you?

Rick Katz, Executive Director of the Miami Jazz Cooperative

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Dean Shelly Berg, UM Frost Music School:“The MJC envisions a center where professional and student musicians can interact, teach, learn, and perform. This will grow into an important component of the cultural fabric of our community.”
Michael Spring, Dir., Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs:“MJC is working diligently to preserve, establish, and grow the permanent presence of jazz in Miami. With recent closings of several jazz venues, MJC’s leadership in this initiative is needed now more than ever. “

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

The MJC mission directly addresses both of the Arts and Culture goals in the Our Miami Report. First, the MJC will fill a void in the arts community by providing a stable, sustainable venue for jazz. The MJC will not compete with other venues but will work to support jazz throughout the community with the conviction that a rising tide lifts all boats. Second, jazz , the original American art form, has great popularity in Europe and Latin America and the MJC will become a tourism draw.

Please give examples of your project's success.

In four years, the MJC has successfully produced four seasons of the Jazz in the Gables concert series (the fifth season begins on 1/14/15), built a growing audience at its popular Rent Party series, now an every Monday night jazz event, produced concerts featuring high school musicians, and presented master classes to jazz programs at Miami-Dade middle and high schools.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Miami Jazz Cooperative, Inc.


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