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Our mission is to help save music programs in our school system across the country by conducting fundraising opportunities in local area school districts, by the involvement of “Top of the Charts” artists, a fundraising experience unmatched by any other.
Why the Vienna Jazz Festival?
Gene Donaway was determined to increase cultural diversity in the Mid-Ohio Valley area. He felt the area for too many years was traveling on a one-way street when it involved entertainment. He said, “Country music was king and there were few options for people who didn’t enjoy the Nashville sound and the city needs to be every way, not one way.” Thus in 1996 became the creation of “The Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival”.
But Gene wasn’t done with just that festival, he also created the “Jazz on the Green Festival”, which it only lasted a few years. He loved jazz and always wanted to do more with it before he passed in 2004, which he always wanted to create a way to help young musicians through such an event. As his son-in-law, Aaron Clubb, was working with Gene, the summer before he passed, to create such a festival and we have finally created that festival. This is a Chocolate Jazz event to help the foundation to continue to support our public school music programs.
Chocolate Jazz Foundation has over the past 2 years wanted to create a way to help young musicians through such an event. We have finally created that event called “Vienna Jazz Festival. Chocolate Jazz Foundation and The City of Vienna are presenting such a festival which will work to assist with the support of our public school music educational programs and to honor Gene Donaway for what he loved about jazz and education.
History of Chocolate Jazz Foundation
Since August 2008, Chocolate Jazz has conducted over 150 Fundraisers for public schools in West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana and Missouri raising over $250,000 for the music departments in their areas. The response has been overwhelmingly good and the school districts are eager to repeat the event on an annual basis.
…music education plays a major role in our children’s development years. We know music education increases our students reading and math skills, enhances coordination and provides a discipline that is crucial in our successes, beyond our development years as we pursue our careers.
Our media and promotional campaign is aimed directly at the following demographic and psycho-graphic groups.
Students, parents and grandparents between 15 to 65 years of age.
Professional and business owners seeking networking opportunities
Individuals and families seeking inexpensive but upscale entertainment
A strategic marketing and advertising plan is in place to generate interest and awareness of the Chocolate Jazz Foundation. Included in this plan are radio, TV and newspaper interviews with special artist that will perform at the fundraiser. We expect to exceed our sponsorship agreements with all existing media sponsors and hope to add publications and radio stations outside the regional areas.
In addition to conventional advertising methods, Chocolate Jazz Foundation and local schools will promote the event by displaying several posters, banners, and flyer’s throughout the local area. Chocolate Jazz Foundation runs a website year round that generates several hits during the months prior to the event. All sponsors will be listed on the website.
How Does This Festival Benefit The Schools?
This festival will help to expand Chocolate Jazz Foundation to continue to conduct fundraiser for our music departments across our state. The arts are always the target when it comes to state budgets, which leaves them on their own to cover the difference. Eventually the budget cuts, creates too much strain on those departments causing them to be cut from that school. This will also illustrate how passionate Chocolate Jazz Foundation’s mission is to save the music in our public schools.
Did You Know?
1. Schools with music programs have graduation rates of 90.2 percent compared with a 72.9 percent rate for schools without music education.
2. Schools with music programs have attendance rates of 93.3 percent, compared with 84.9 percent for those that don’t.
3. In 2006, SAT takers with course work or experience in music performance scored 57 points higher on the verbal portion of the college entrance exam. 43 points higher on the math portion than did students with no such experience in the arts.
4. November 2007, 86 percent of college graduates had some music education when they were in school, compared with 65 percent for those who had not completed or completed only high school.
5. Eighty-three percent of people earning $150,000 or more had a music education.
Source: Harris Interactive Poll, 2006 – 2007
Did You Know?
Students who were exposed to the music-based lessons scored a full 100 percent higher on fractions tests than those who learned in the conventional manner. Second-grade and third-grade students were taught fractions in an untraditional manner ‹ by teaching them basic music rhythm notation. The group was taught about the relationships between eighth, quarter, half and whole notes. Their peers received traditional fraction instruction.
Source: Neurological Research, March 15, 1999