The Executive Committee shall have and exercise all of the authority of the Board of Directors in the management of JEN during the intervals between regular meetings of the Board. The Executive Committee shall not relieve the Board of Directors, or any member thereof, of any responsibility imposed by law upon it, him, or her. The President of JEN shall be the chairman of the Executive Committee and shall call regular meetings of the Executive Committee.
The Finance Committee develops the annual budget for JEN and makes sure that JEN remains on budget. It also makes recommendations on fiscal issues to the JEN Board and makes sure JEN operates according the the Financial Prodcedures developed by the committee.
Dustin Rohrer, Chair
Dr. Lou Fischer, Ex Officio
Sharon Burch, Ex Officio
The Nominating Committee reviews nominations from JEN members for the open board seats and then presents a Board Member Nomination Slate to the board for a “yes” or “no” vote each year. The Nominating Committee also reviews nominations from the JEN Board for open officer seats and then presents an Officer Nomination Slate to the Board for a “yes” or “no” vote each year.
The Personnel Committee is responsible for overseeing the hiring and firing of any employees and independent contractors hired by JEN. The committee is responsible for securing employment and independent contractor agreements for the legal protection of JEN.
Special committees are set up by the Board of Directors for various JEN functions, activities, and opportunities. Should you be interested in serving on one of these committees, please contact the committee chair to inquire about your participation. Committee members must be approved by the committee chair and JEN President.
The Education Committee works to advance jazz education at all instructional levels by understanding the jazz education needs of educators and working together to meet those needs with viable resources that inspire, enable, and empower teachers in jazz education, creating a community that spans the globe.
Past Committee Chairs: Mary Jo Papich, Darla Hanley, Sharon Burch
The Development Committee is responsible for overseeing the organization’s overall fundraising and development efforts and cultivate long-term relationships for the stability and future of building the jazz arts community by advancing education, promoting performance, and developing new audiences.
Past Committee Chairs: Michael Shirtz
The goal of this committee is to focus on developing jazz audiences.
Phil Dunlap, Chair
Director of Education and Community Engagement, Jazz St. Louis
Sara Andrew Wilson, committee co-chair
Aaron Bisman, Director of Audience Development, Jazz at Lincoln Center
Dr. Henry Ettman, Retired Social Psychologist, Drummer, Researcher
Zach Compston, Director of Education and Community Engagement, Jazz Arts Group
Laura Gentry, President, Jazz Alive
Lonnie Davis, Founder/Executive Director, Jazz Arts Initiative/Board Liaison
Diane Chandler Marshall, Board Liaison
Dear jazz community,
JEN lists “developing new audiences” for jazz as one of the key components of our organizational mission. Currently we are striving to do this by providing data collected from research activity from across the sector for the benefit of our members and for those who we hope will perform, promote and consume the music.
I. Purpose Statement
The purpose of the JEN Music Business Committee is to provide resources and
disseminate information to JEN members concerning business and legal aspects of the
music industry that support jazz as a commercial enterprise through workshops, research,
and discussion forums at the JEN annual conference and through other communication
1. Facilitate an understanding of the music business and its terminologies, and an
understanding of broader music industry issues that may affect jazz artistry, e.g., changes
in intellectual property law, business, and public policy.
2. Generate dialogue about such issues and help JEN members stay abreast of current
developments — e.g., keeping on eye on current issues like a) music piracy, b) hot topics
in litigation; c) the relationship between history & societal perceptions of jazz/artists as
these relate to revenue potential in the genre.
3. Assist JEN members in understanding the importance of attention to business issues, as
well as serve as a resource for doing so, possibly through providing business services, for
4. Identify business models and strategic planning for success, considering topics such as:
5. Serve as a forum for career management and entrepreneurship, addressing topics like:
Jay Ashby, Chair
The goal of this committee is to develop a festival component during to present during the Annual Conference. A pilot stage was launched 2012 with potential for growth in future years, including the addition of an Honors Ensemble program to be inclusive of all levels.
The charge of this committee is to coordinate outreach into local underprivileged schools in the cities where JEN is presenting its conference. The committee is also currently developing a plan to do outreach on a ongoing basis in areas throughout the world.
The committee is a standing committee that helps coordinate the research track for the annual conference and is dedicated to growing the body of research in jazz education.
This committee is responsible for overseeing develop of criteria related to all awards and scholarships. This committee coordinates the creation of JEN Clinician & Performer Certificates and JEN Scholarships prior to/at the conference in tandem with the Conference Coordinator. The chair work closely with the scheduler to decide when and where scholarships are awarded.
The current scholarships include:
1. David Baker Scholarship (sponsored by Jamey Aebersold) – $3,000
3. Dr. Lou Fischer JEN Co-Founder Scholarship – $1,000
4. Hal Leonard Collegiate Scholarship – $1,000
5. Mary Jo Papich JEN Co-Founder Women in Jazz Scholarship – $1,000
The current awards include:
1. John LaPorta Educator of the Year Award (sponsored/presented by the Berklee College of Music)
2. President’s Service Award
3. LeJENds of Jazz Education Award
4. LeJENds of Latin Jazz Award
5. Meade Legacy Griot Award (sponsored/presented by the African American Jazz Caucus)
The JEN Affiliates Sub-Committee seeks to align organizations and initiatives that reflect the goals and mission of JEN through collaborative projects and efforts.
The mission of Women in Jazz is to increase the involvement of female jazz instrumentalists and retain them at all educational and professional levels by encouraging collaborations with, and supporting initiatives and networking opportunities among educational organizations and public institutions. Furthermore, Women in Jazz advocates for equal job opportunities in all areas of jazz performance and teaching.
The Diversity and Inclusion Committee will access and analyze the current demographic of the JEN membership and JEN conference attendees.