Since my taking over the editorship at OJH following Betty Ann's leave, I have come to fully appreciate the depth of work, attention to detail, and ongoing pizzazz and humour she contributed every week for 6 years. OJH receives at least 10 emails per week with gig submissions, and many of those highlight several dates. Tracking these is a process, for sure.
In the past weeks I have looked for ways to streamline the process, and it is the JazzWorks Board's intention to seek a new volunteer editor, with their head in the world of jazz and their fingers firmly on a keyboard (computer, that is). If your interests lean in that direction, and you would like to make a strong contribution to our JazzWorks community, please contact me!
One of our new initiatives is to offer advertising opportunities within the newsletter. Proceeds from advertising will help us support expanding programming and scholarships. Wouldn't it be great, for example, to bring a whole combo of talented, young jazz musicians to camp? This along with two other adults who are studying music full time, or through financial duress just can't afford to come in any given year. Visit our scholarship page for more details.
You may be aware, as well, that it can be difficult to fully support programs (combo mentoring, jazz in the Schools, Sunday Mentored Jams, and workshops like the fabulous Megaband project led by Rob Frayne in spring 2016) through registration fees alone. Advertising revenue through OJH is a win-win: advertisers can access our list of 800+ subscribers, a targeted audience of jazz enthusiasts. And we can in turn use the revenue as stated above.
In the coming weeks we will launch our full campaign seeking advertisers, and this will be an ongoing program. Possibly comforting news to submitters is that we will NOT be monetizing submissions to the OJH, which are core to the Newsletter. What we do ask, and will monitor come October 1, 2016, is that you respect the need to simplify the process by using our contact forms for your submissions. There are two forms, one for venues like GigSpace, Festival Japan, Zolas etc who regularly support jazz music in the community, and one for musicians. Please visit out OJH contact page for all the details. Your feedback is also welcomed.
This week I will launch a new look and feel to enhance the effectiveness of display ads, especially, by simplifying the sidebar graphics. The top section of the right hand column will display JazzWorks' notices and events.
Thanks very much for your continued readership. As was evident at Jazz Camp 2016, our JazzWorks community grows stronger each year, helping to support and launch talented jazz musicians in our town and beyond!
Webmaster & JW Vice President (oh yeah, and interim OJH editor:)