[jja-announce] Full '05, expectant '06
Jazzmandel at aol.com
Jazzmandel at aol.com
Sat Dec 31 13:25:47 EST 2005
Hi, all --
Best regards and many thanks *especially* to all JJA members for continued
commitment to the organization throughout this just ending, very formative year.
Looking ahead -- JJA members are scheduled everywhere and all the time
through upcoming IAJE, where we're co-hosting a special toast to 30 visiting
Scandanavian jazz journalists at the Hilton on Thursday, Jan. at 10:30 p.m.
Looking back -- the JJA made huge advances as a professional organization
thanks to the continuous efforts of many members, friends, sponsors, volunteers
and colleagues. We secured legal status as a not-for-profit corporation
registered in the State of New York, protected by trademarks and service marks. With
dues and contributions tax-deductable, we raised funds to support a modest but
better organized budget, principally through the bi-coastal ninth annual Jazz
Awards (sm), benefitting the Jazz Foundation of America's Musicians Emergency
Fund as well as ourselves.
With organizational backing, JJA members have produced public "Jazz Matters"
panels widely, stimulating critical thinking at jazz festivals, clubs and
schools, co-coordinating the first ever National Critics Conference, convening
the JJA's first class of fellows selected in honor of the late Harlem-based
jazz reporter Clarence Atkins. Members have redesigned Jazz Notes, sustained and
updated Jazzhouse.org, activted a membership campaign, and now voted in the
first board of directors under bylaws and a practices and procedures document
adopted by an interim board in autumn 2005.
The follow seven nominees received the most votes among nine nominees for
election to the JJA's board of directors:
There is information about each of these directors at Jazzhouse.org, in the
BBS -- their contact #s are available to JJA members through the members'
database. These directors will serve in two classes, three for one and four for two
years, to be determined by coin-toss or straw-pull at the first board meeting
of the year (even if it's by conference call). Congratulations and thanks to
all who participated in this important election; I think all the directors
agree we have a lot of work to do to realize the mission of the Jazz Journalists
Association, to promote the interests of journalists covering jazz.
Congratulations as well to all you JJA members and otherwise (I'm sending
this note just a little more broadly) who've produced works of substance this
year, works you've been proud of, whatever the genre or sphere of activity. I'm
quite impressed that many of us have, individually, created so many
insightful new books, visionary photo shows, riveting broadcasts, provocative seminars,
breakthrough cyber events -- each in our own ways, expressing our own jazz --
making something positive in a difficult time, 2005. Despite all, we are in a
thriving though challenged profession. I think we each deserve a bow. Please
accept my personal compliments -- Bravo!
more soon and best **right now** --
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