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Uploaded on Jun 19, 2011

JFA Mission Statement and History Mission Statement

The Jazz Foundation of America (JFA) is committed to providing jazz and blues musicians with financial, medical, housing, and legal assistance as well as performance opportunities, with a special focus on the elderly and veterans who have paid their dues and find themselves in crisis due to illness, age and/or circumstance. JFA achieves its mission through compassionate and personalized social work care that restores dignity and hope to their clients. JFA is saving jazz and blues "one musician at a time."

For 22 years, the Jazz Foundation has been the only national organization dedicated to saving the homes and lives of elder jazz and blues musicians in crisis -- musicians who have make our world richer through their music. JFA has grown to support over 6,000 cases a year with emergency assistance and work opportunities. Every day, the foundation helps clients in need who often have nowhere else to turn: their Emergency Assistance program keeps the electricity on, the rent or mortgage paid, and food on the table, in addition to counseling and referrals for pro bono services. The foundation helps to reestablish a musician's sense of dignity and purpose through performance opportunities with our Agnes Varis Jazz in the Schools program which brings music to schools, nursing homes, hospitals and other venues throughout the country. We also save lives through our partnership with Englewood Hospital and Medical Center doctors and staff who have been serving JFA clients for 18 years. With this network of caring professionals, JFA social workers provide crucial services that keep many of these accomplished music veterans alive and productive, doing what they love to do -- play music.

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