V-JAM Philly Session Leaders

During this uncertain time, we as a community must come together to show our strength, celebrate our talent, and make music. There are some amazing organizations, businesses and educational institutions out there trying to do just that, and we’re glad to have them as VJAM Philly Session Leaders! The music can’t stop.


ACT4Music, or Advancing Creative Transformation for Music is an artist-centric organization dedicated to the furthering of creative music and the uplift of the many musicians who contribute to this community.

ACT4Music Fest is an 8-week online music festival featuring specially curated from-home video music performances by both well-established favorites and vibrant new voices on the creative music scene. This festival will seek to provide quarantined cities all over the planet with daily opportunities to hear great performers do what they do best, while providing music loving audiences everywhere with a simple way to support the creative music community during this time of need. The ACT4Music Fest model is structured to provide artist-centric compensation, both in terms of ticket sales from shows, and in the form of a series of ACT4Music-Grants, intended specifically to help artists.

Ars Nova Workshop

Through collaboration and passionate investment, Ars Nova Workshop elevates the profile and expands the boundaries of jazz and contemporary music. Ars Nova Workshop plans to curate and produce a series of Quarantine Concerts.

Feldscher Horwitz Public Relations (FHPR)

We are a publicist that specializes in theatrical and entertainment public relations. As the PR consultant to PHL 17, promoting their “Morning News” (from 5 to 9 a.m.), we’ve created a regular segment called “PHL 17 Supports the Arts.” We are seeking stories about arts organizations and how they are managing during the Pandemic, and we are providing opportunities for musicians to do Skype interviews and we’ll play a short video of them performing. We hope to give artists a stage and to provide current lively content for social media.  As is obvious, I am invested in the success of the musical genre in Philadelphia and beyond and serve as co-chair of the Jazz Philadelphia Media Group with Roger LaMay of WXPN, I have worked with several local artists who perform worldwide.

Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance

We lead, strengthen and amplify the voices of a cultural community that ignites creativity, inspires people and is essential for a healthy region. We believe Greater Philadelphia is defined by its arts and culture sector: Our cultural organizations, artists, and proud history of creative expression are a crucial part of our identity, vitality, and economic growth. As a membership and service organization working on behalf of this sector, we believe in supporting the growth of arts organizations and their audiences; working to keep the arts in schools; preserving the diverse cultural activities in our communities; and empowering arts and cultural organizations to make a difference in our neighborhoods.

GPCA is part of a coalition of organizations who have worked to secure emergency funds during the pandemic (see listing below under Office of Arts, Culture, and Creative Economy.)

Jazz Bridge Project

The Jazz Bridge Project is a nonprofit organization established by a group of caring Philadelphia jazz musicians and fans dedicated to assisting professional Delaware Valley jazz musicians and vocalists in times of crisis by providing confidential and caring support in keeping with their personal dignity. They are continuing to raise money to give grants to artists in need, especially during this unprecedented time.

Jazz Philadelphia

To celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month, Jazz Philadelphia is convening partners for VJAM-Philly, commissioning profiles on Philadelphia jazz artists to be shared on our website and social media (visit the profile page to submit your favorite artist!), and giving you a break from the bad news with our “30 Ways in 30 Days” prompts on social media each day to give you a chance to laugh, share, and celebrate jazz.

The Kimmel Center Cultural Campus

As a non-profit and the region’s largest performing arts center, the Kimmel Center Cultural Campus is one of the biggest presenters and producers of jazz in the Philadelphia region, with a Jazz Residency in its seventh year, as well as ongoing FREE community and education initiatives for adults and students.

This month, we are at home preventing the spread of COVID-19, but we invite you to stay connected by joining us and our Resident Companies on social media. You’ll see performance highlights, artist interviews, learning opportunities, and more – all available online from the safe comfort of your home. Remember to check back for updates!

As we all look for new ways to connect in this time of distance, we encourage people to share photos and videos of the ways they continue to engage with the arts while at home, using the hashtag #ArtHappensAtHome. Whatever their chosen artistic medium, we want people to spread the healing power of the arts through our community by sharing a little bit of joy on our social media newsfeeds. Sing, dance, recite poetry, play an instrument – and tag us using #ArtHappensAtHome.

The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE) 

The OACCE partners with for-profit and nonprofit organizations to revitalize communities, improve education, and promote economic development. This month, they are turning their attention to collecting information from community about economic impacts in order to advocate for relief and recovery efforts. Make sure you fill out this important survey by April 10! As part of Jazz Philadelphia’s V-JAM Philly celebration, OACCE is also sharing weekly throwback posts highlighting their past Jazz Appreciation Month exhibitions. Visit @CreativePHL on Facebook and Instagram each Thursday for a walk down Philly jazz memory lane.

The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy (OACCE), the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance (GPCA), and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund (PCF) have partnered to create the COVID-19 Arts Aid PHL, a new emergency support fund focused on the arts and culture sector in the Philadelphia region. COVID-19 Arts Aid PHL will support individual artists as well as small arts and culture organizations (Annual budgets no greater than $250,000) and mid-sized organizations (Annual budgets of $250,000 – $15M) whose operations, work and livelihood have been deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. A portal for online donations is now available at donate.artsaidphl.org COVID-19 Arts Aid PHL launches with $3.45 million in support, led by a $2.5 million grant from the William Penn Foundation. OACCE, PCF and GPCA provided the seed funding to create the fund and leadership gifts have been received by The Barra Foundation and Wyncote Foundation with additional support received from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation as well as ConnellyIndependenceLenfest and Victory Foundations. The fund is expected to increase as other foundations, corporate partners, organizations and individuals contribute throughout the coming weeks and months.

Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts

The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts was established in 1966. The mission is to celebrate and preserve the legacy of jazz through education for the Greater Philadelphia region, and to support the evolving art form through talent development, programming, and public performance. It’s keeping the music going in April and beyond by working to move its renowned education programs going during the crises: The Clef Club has a respected and successful jazz education program, which is commonly regarded as its most notable program offering. Having served thousands of students in its 25-year history on the Avenue of the Arts, the PCC has sent some of its students to Berklee College of Music and across the U.S. to perform among some of the nation’s most skilled musicians through the National Academy of Recording Arts and Science. Currently, the Clef Club holds 12 + annual large-scale concerts presenting both renowned and emerging artists.

Philadelphia Jazz Legacy Project

In 2018, five Philadelphia jazz organizations—Jazz Bridge, Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts, Philadelphia Jazz Project, Jazz Philadelphia, and Ars Nova Workshop—engaged in a collaborative discovery process to explore how to preserve, interpret, and share Philadelphia’s expansive jazz history. The Philadelphia Jazz Project represents the first coordinated effort to identify and preserve original source materials that tell the story of the city’s vibrant jazz tradition, including manuscripts, recordings, photographs, show programs, and oral histories.

The Philly POPS

Audiences can bring our TOPS of the POPS season highlights and programs into their homes through POPS@Home. Stay tuned for JAZZ later this month.

School District of Philadelphia

We are the School District of Philadelphia. This month we’re working to get our education online to continue serving our music students and well as the whole district. We are the eighth largest school district in the nation, located in an historic and culturally rich setting. We are a community of 19,000 caring employees working together with parents, families, volunteers and community members to support the limitless potential of more than 203,000 young scholars. We are committed to educating and graduating generations of thought leaders, entrepreneurs, artists, government officials and change makers. We are the School District of Philadelphia.

Settlement Music School

Settlement Music School is an inclusive creative community, dedicated to providing the highest quality arts education for all. Regardless of age, background, ability, or economic circumstances, there is a place for all at Settlement. Settlement offers 10,000 services every week in music, dance, and arts therapy at six branches and dozens of community partnerships across the region, and is proud to offer financial aid to more than 60% of its student population, ages 6 months to 96 years. While Settlement’s branches are closed during the COVID-19 pandemic, high quality arts education continues online through virtual lessons and classes and two free weekly programs for kids, teens, and adults streamed on Facebook Live, Settlement Kids: Live and Settlement 101: Live.


WRTI’s mission is to champion music as a vital cultural resource. WRTI 90.1 is happy to partner with Jazz Philadelphia to celebrate our artists during Jazz Appreciation Month. Jazz hosts will be spinning our highlighted artists as well as other local jazz warriors, past and present, as we wait out this storm and look forward to supporting live performances in the future. Tune in on the radio, or at wrti.org.


WXPN, the nationally recognized leader in Triple A radio and the premier guide for discovering new and significant artists in rock, blues, roots and folk, is the non-commercial, member-supported, public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. WXPN’s mission is to connect artists to audiences, and to build, serve, and engage the community. WXPN regularly covers local jazz artists and jazz events on its local music blog, The Key.


Join us as a V-JAM Philly Session Leader:

Tell us what your organization is doing in the month of April and we’ll spread the word and give you tools to share V-JAM’s branding and hashtags in return. V-JAM Philly Partner logos will also be listed on our website along with a short profile of your organization and initiatives.

Join us as a V-JAM Philly Session Player:

Whatever you’re doing to celebrate music, be it a live-stream concert, posting archival footage of concerts, offering podcasts, blog posts, a photo series, raising money for musicians or others impacted by this crisis, you’re already participating. Tell us so we can tell the rest of the community!

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