‘Work from Home’ for Jazz and Blues ArtistsBy William Doc Jones - Executive Director, Jazztown USA
As COVID-19 caused a sequential lockdown of the U.S. and world, musicians have had their livelihood taken from them overnight. Jazz and Blues are authentically American art forms, and the musicians who play these find themselves without ongoing gigs to make ends meet, including paying for housing. Jazz clubs, concerts and festivals have been shut down, and so many musicians are left without work and without a clear future for when they can return.
Jazztown USA solves this problem for Jazz and Blues musicians through a 3-step coordinated plan to 1) put a roof over their head in the short-term, 2) get the artists back to work and 3) develop a housing subdivision to relieve their stress and the stress of their families for the long-term. For the Jazz and Blues listening community, Jazztown USA benefits them through regular concerts and helps to ensure the long-term sustainability and viability of the art form.
PURPOSE OF BUSINESS PLAN
International Jazz Day AZ Foundation is joining forces with Jazztown USA to offer low-cost housing solutions for artists and creative professionals who face evictions and the loss of their homes and apartments. The initiative aims to create affordable housing solutions and concert venues for these low-income artists to play, live and thrive, and keep Jazz and the Blues alive.
Our plan is to create a grassroots movement that will raise funds, find short-term housing, create concert venues that are safe during the pandemic and build modular and tiny homes to support jazz and blues musicians so that they can get back to at least a semi-normal life.
We are working on developing sustainable housing options for musicians to rent and buy complete with smart home components and green living building materials. We are in conversations with real estate developers,community leaders, and investors in order to achieve these goals.
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JAZZTOWN USA DEVELOPMENT LLC is the DBA of International Jazz Day AZ Foundation which is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in Arizona, the United States that is passionate about providing low cost, affordable, and financial support to the Arizona Jazz Community.
The CEO and Founder of JAZZTOWN USA DEVELOPMENT LLC is Dr. William Doc Jones (better known as Doc), a passionate and open-minded individual who is supported by a team of credible and committed individuals who are prepared to harness all their strength, availability and professionalism to catapult the organization to a greater height in conjunction with an outstanding team of volunteers.
The CEO, Dr. William Doc Jones, is an Educator, Business Owner, Professional Jazz Musician called to serve the music community. His foundation includes creating International Jazz Day AZ Festivals.
The business model is developed from the understanding that there is a need to provide financial support and affordable housing for low- to medium-income Jazz Musicians and their families through a well-structured and easily practicable measure. There is a substantial opportunity to cater to these needs with an innovative concept. The business model is to leverage the hospitality nature of JAZZTOWN USA DEVELOPMENT LLC to make the community a better place for families.
- Our goal is to help with any situation that directly improves the life of the artist and their family
- Our goal is to create, construct, and maintain affordable housing units for “low income Jazz & Blues Musicians” individuals and families
- We want to be a voice of comfort and hope to the less privilege Jazz & Blues Musicians in Arizona.
- Our goal is to provide not only a non-profit organization platform but also an innovative and effective one.
- Our goal is also to run a company that will not only succeed in its desired goals and objectives but will also have a landmark impact locally and nationally for years to come.