Winter 2015 Update

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! Hope you’all are doing well this holiday season.

As 2015 begins to wind down, I want to take this time to thank all of the musicians, volunteers and patrons of Jazz Central Studios who made this last year great. I am overwhelmed and humbled by the efforts you all have made simply for the love of the music. I’m writing this to ask for your continued support for the coming year. Before I do, I would like to hip you to some nuts and bolts issues surrounding our music community organization, Jazz Central Studios.

Who We Are & What We Do
We have developed into a tax-exempt non-profit organization that provides a place to perform, rehearse and educate the constantly rising population of very talented hard working musicians, emerging and pro alike, in a non-commercial listening environment here in the Twin Cities. We currently serve over 350 regularly participating musicians along with their listeners who attend our small concert venue over 260 times a year!

What It Takes
For the most part JCS is a pretty bare bones operation. Through the cooperation of a generous landlord (thank you Bob Beugen), modest piano payment and maintenance (thank you Wells Piano), inexpensive web work (thank you Nick Worley), modest liability insurance, volunteer accounting (thank you Laurie Santiago) and a few other incidentals, i.e. WiFi, cheap decor, etc., our total monthly expenses run just under $1700/month or about $20,000/year. Thank heaven for the volunteer efforts of the Artistic Directors (10) and Event Hosts (12). Incidentally, there are no paid employees working for JCS, including myself.

How We Do It
With the exception of about $6000 in larger donations this year, most of what keeps JCS in the black comes from a portion of the event donations that the musicians contribute and what’s found in “the Drum” at the end of the night. This along with occasional use fees from special events and clinics we manage to keep things going without accumulating any debt.

What We Need To Do
Though this particular arrangement has been going on for the past couple of years, something’s got to change. As you can imagine, the efforts by the musicians, i.e. preparation of music, booking musicians, rehearsal and the actual performing, far and exceed the kind of remuneration acquired from an average attendance of 15-20 people at $10 per person.


Our goal is to raise enough money before the end of the year to begin to cover more of our operating expenses and reduce or eliminate the portion we receive from the musicians performance!


I believe, as I’m sure you do, in the value of what the musicians and volunteers have created here at JCS;

  • The Music
  • Artistic growth
  • Opportunities for young players
  • Musicianship
  • Cultural enrichment
  • Exploration
  • Collaboration
  • Tradition
  • The Future of the Great American Music that is Jazz!

If for nothing else, the challenge and the joy of making this music needs to maintain a spot in our collective culture that began over 100 years ago and has been gifted to the world.

We need your help! Here are the ways you can easily become part of the growing community of supporters of Jazz Central Studios:

1) Go To Our Website click the ‘Support’ button and either give a one-time donation of any amount or make it a monthly recurring donation of any small amount.

2) Next Time You Vist JCS, hit “the drum” with cash or a check in a provided envelope.Place your name and address or e-mail and we’ll gladly provide you a receipt for your tax records.
You may also speak to the Event Host and use your credit card and just swipe it in!

3) Mail To:
Jazz Central Studios
407 Central Avenue S.E.
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55414

Thank you so much for considering Jazz Central Studios part of your end-of-the-year giving. Wishing you and yours a peaceful holiday season and a prosperous 2016!

Mac Santiago

Managing Director