"The WE ARE JAZZ series was created to reinvigorate the jazz culture of tampa bay with a forum for unhindered, unabridged and unhinged expression - to be a place where groups can let loose and bring jazz back to it's roots: a boundary pushing form of art."
WE ARE JAZZ was created by Philip Charos (USF School of Music) and Jesse Vance (The Pangaea Project/The Venture Compound) as a means of making live jazz more accessible to young people in the Tampa bay area and to provide a forum for young and emerging jazz musicians and composers to perform alongside seasoned and respected artists in the area.
We are raising funds to:
1) Pay the headlining band (La Lucha) a remotely decent fee for a professional jazz group on a Saturday night ($300).
2) Buy some recording equipment (an 8 channel audio interface and peripheral cords) that we have been borrowing from friends to record previous sessions. ($200)
The Venture Compound does not have the audience capacity to keep entrance fees affordable for the average college student, server or young professional and still be able to cover these costs. If we charged more, it would be circumventing our mission of making the arts accessible to normal people.
The only way we can accomplish our goals in the community is with the support of members and donors. All we want is the opportunity to provide this forum to Tampa Bay and to be able to experience it ourselves.
The long-term goal of the WE ARE JAZZ series is to become a live audio/video recording series not unlike Sessions at West 54th or Austin City Limits. We plan to interface with local colleges and universities to give production students a chance to work and learn in a real-world setting. We aim to release recordings through local public and community radio stations as well as WFMU's Free Music Archive (http://freemusicarchive.org/).
It is my hope to exceed the goal of this Kickstarter ($500) and get funding for more aspects of the WE ARE JAZZ program. If we get more money I would like to pay the band more ($400-$500) and buy more equipment that is very necessary/we are currently borrowing from friends such as: Direct Input boxes that are not broken and don't buzz ($40 each), XLR Cables ($20-$30 each), cables to connect recording gear ($20-$50), microphone clips ($3-$5 each), microphone stands ($20-ish each) and eventually better speakers (that aren't borrowed), monitors, and better microphones. All funds raised from this Kickstarter will be used in funding the We Are Jazz program.
Risks and challenges
There is an almost endless number of problems that can arise having a performance space, hosting, recording and running a show. Anything from bad weather to technical malfunctions to logistical problems with performers can happen. Fortunately, we have a volunteer staff that has had years of experience dealing with just these sort of things and the technical knowledge to asses and diagnose problems. We also have enough friends in the community that we can simply ask for help if we need it.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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