Many of you know about fundraising entities on the internet to help the arts. The main one has you put a monetary goal as something to reach and if you don’t reach that level, you get nothing. Well, we have decided with Friends of Big Band Jazz to instigate our own “TOUR START FUND.” There is no limit or “target” amount. Just whatever we can raise to help our cause.
As many of you know, we tour at least one time a year with the Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra and 95% of all our engagements are in high schools and colleges, in keeping with Stan’s commitment to jazz education. In these hard economic times, schools just can’t afford to bring in a big band such as ours, but they would LOVE to have us in to work with their students. Any school that books the band for an evening concert gets a FREE afternoon clinic from the whole band. We also have their school band open for us at the concert.
So, we are asking for your support to make our 2017 tour the most successful ever. Our 2017 tour dates are March 29 – April 12, 2017. With your help, we can make the band even more available financially for these schools.
Anyone who donates $40 or more will receive a copy of their choice of one the CD’s recorded by the band, including the newest CD – Storming Through the South. We will, of course accept any donation no matter how small. We would love to have some larger donations as well. (Due to the nature of our shopping cart program, make sure you click on the arrow and scroll to find the amount you choose to donate). Every dollar will help us toward our goal of bringing Stan Kenton’s music and creativity and dedication to education to young people. Anyone donating over $100 will have their name in our tour program as a Tour Supporter.
We hope to create new audiences for big band music in addition to entertaining people who are already big band fans. Donations are tax-deductible, as we are a 501c3 Nonprofit Corporation.
Donation amount is not limited. If you choose to donate an amount that is not listed in our shopping cart, please call 928-277-1576 and we will be happy to assist you.