Annual Fund

Our Annual Fund Drive and our Subscriber Campaign are geared to individuals who wish to support the general operations of the Jazz Arts Group. (Designated gifts to particular programs are also possible.) Contributions are recognized by name in the playbill of each and every concert.


Your gift has impact. Did you know that in the 2019 – 2020 season:

  • Before and during the start of the pandemic in March, we reached over 6,500 students in schools and 5,700 individuals in community programs.
  • We employed over 90 different professional musicians to teach jazz music right here in Columbus.
  • We developed a new series of online interviews and concerts, Offstage LIVE, aimed to connect the Columbus community around music during the COVID-19 pandemic. This series features both local and national artists, reaching an average of over 1500 individuals with each episode.
  • We started Jazz Academy’s Gear Up! program, connecting music classrooms with needed instruments that serve their entire class.
  • We launched the Jazz Academy Teacher’s Toolkit, a host of online resources that help teachers learn new strategies to teach jazz in their classroom.

We are making a difference in the lives of students and teachers right here in Central Ohio. Won’t you help us continue to serve our community through live music?

Annual Fund Privileges & Benefits

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Soloists ($350-$599)

  • Listing in the season programs
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Arrangers ($600-$1,199)

  • All previous benefits plus…
  • Invitation for two (2) to a CJO rehearsal at the Jazz Academy
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Composers ($1,200-$2,999)

  • All previous benefits plus…
  • Invitations for two (2) to two (2) First Circle Pre-Show receptions
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Band Leaders ($3,000-$4,999)

  • All previous benefits plus…
  • Invitation for two (2) to Pre-Season Kick-off reception with members of the CJO
  • Invitation for two (2) to End of Season Wrap-Up reception with members of the CJO
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Sustainers ($5,000-$9,999)

  • All previous benefits plus…
  • Invitation for two (2) to a CJO Thursday afternoon/evening Dress Rehearsal
  • Two (2) complimentary tickets to Jazz Arts Group Presents concert of your choice
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Benefactors ($10,000-$24,999)

  • All previous benefits plus…
  • Lunch with a member of the Columbus Jazz Orchestra
  • Private chamber/small group concert by CJO members or our Affiliate Musicians program artists
  • One reserved table of eight (8) for the JazZoo concert of your choice
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Guarantors ($25,000 and above)

  • All previous benefits plus…
  • Lunch with the Columbus Jazz Orchestra Artistic Director, Byron Stripling
  • Personalized recognition opportunities based on your interest

We appreciate gifts of all amounts, however, due to space constraints only gifts of $350 or more will be printed in the CJO playbill (now available electronically).

Endowment Support

Currently, two funds are held at The Columbus Foundation – in honor of founder Ray Eubanks and in support of the Jazz Arts Group. Contributions to these funds are investments in the future of jazz. Arrangements for contributing can be made through The Columbus Foundation.