ABOUT JAZZ FOUNDATION
The Jazz Foundation of South Africa is an org-anization dedicated to the creation, presentat-ion and preservation of local Jazz and other related creative music. Individuals who realised the glaring need for an appreciation of Jazz formed the Jazz Foundation in April 1983. The rationale behind the organisation’s existence is the glaring evidence of commer-cial as well as parastatal structures prejudices against Jazz.
The JAZZ FOUNDATION shall continue to be the market leader in the creation,
presentation and preservation of jazz and is based on the belief that Jazz is the
integral part of our culture.
Both as an organisation and as individuals we strive to perform our duties to the
highest possible commitment and standards.
We strive to be helpful, flexible and to make a positive contribution, collaborating
with other relevant bodies.
We shall embark on a broader program to meet and satisfy our founding obligations
for the betterment of our local music scene. The motivating belief behind the
Foundation is that jazz should not be allowed to operate from the fringes, it is too
meaningful to be marginalised.
We are committed to facilitating the development and enhancement of public
awareness on the importance of Jazz as an African art form by providing a
supportive structure to our musicians. We are committed to the provision of a
high standard presentation of jazz as an art form. In pursuit of our Vision and
Mission we shall;
1. Gather and disseminate information with the aim of
enhancing the status and support of jazz,
encompassing Afro-Jazz, and other genres.
2. Conduct research and share information with
3. Organise regular music events per calendar year.
4. To document and film live performances for posterity ( e.g. publication).
5. To honour and acknowledge the fallen and the living
musicians by creating jazz awards and build shrines.