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A LETTER TO OUR MEMBERS

A Letter to Our Members

 

Dear friend,

We appreciate your desire to impact change. The JEN Board of Directors and the Executive Committee have heard your concerns and the concerns expressed by others regarding the recent voting and reproductive health rights legislation in Texas and other political developments in states where JEN is scheduled to hold future conferences.

JEN is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to build and serve the jazz arts community by advancing education, promoting performances, and developing audiences. Each of us has our personal beliefs and opinions, and JEN is committed to cultivating diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of its operations. JEN is a non-partisan organization that must stand apart from the political positions and beliefs of our members in order to obtain necessary grants and other financial support from government and private organizations, and maintain focus on the music that brings us together.

The JEN Board of Directors selects conference sites based on a variety of factors, including proximity to conference attendees, hotel and conference facility capacity, and financial viability. JEN enters into binding contracts with hotels and vendors several years in advance of its conferences to negotiate the lowest possible rates for the organization and conference attendees. These agreements contain severe cancellation penalties with extremely limited exceptions and therefore attempting to move or reschedule the 2022 conference at this late date would expose the organization to legal liability and significant monetary damages, the imposition of which would cripple the organization financially and prevent JEN from executing our mission to support the jazz community.

We strongly encourage our members to individually participate in the political process, donate to advocacy organizations, and take an active role in our democracy to effect positive change concerning important civil rights and social issues. JEN aspires to uplift and bring people together, regardless of their differences and beliefs, through the music we all love.

Board of Directors
JAZZ EDUCATION NETWORK

If you have additional comments, questions, or concerns, please click on this link to send a message to the Board of Directors.

If you’d like to learn more about the process of how JEN chooses conference sites, please click here.


 

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The Jazz Education Network (JEN) is a nonprofit organization founded to serve the jazz arts community and fulfill its mission to advance education, promote performances, and develop audiences. Although JEN must remain a nonpartisan organization standing apart from the political positions and beliefs of our members, we strongly encourage our members to individually participate in the political process, donate to advocacy organizations, and take an active role in our democracy to effect positive change concerning important civil rights and social issues. JEN aspires to uplift and bring people together, regardless of their differences and beliefs, through the music we all love.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, please reach out to us at support@jazzednet.org


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