Thanks for another great year of Cleveland jazz! As we look back at the 2011/2012 concert season, we remain grateful for your continued support. Your ticket purchases, individual gifts, concert sponsorships and institutional support have allowed us to expand our season programming, helping us reach new audiences and bringing the very best jazz to the Cleveland community. You’ve invested your time and your financial resources in the CJO and we’ve prepared this Annual Report to provide you with an accounting of how we did over the past fiscal year: who we served, what we offered, where we received our operating revenue and how we spent our funds. You’ll find all of this information here.
Artistic highlights of our 2011/2012 season included our first-ever NEA Jazz Master with the incomparable Jimmy Heath at the Ohio Theatre, two sold-out concerts at the Hanna Theatre, and a brand-new Jingle Bell Jazz family matinee of our popular holiday concert. We developed wonderful new collaborations and partnerships with Broadway School of the Arts and Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland (MOCA) which helped us serve new and different audiences. Our second annual benefit event at Nighttown netted nearly twice as much as our first ef-fort. We also upgraded our website and grew our Facebook presence from under 1,000 fans to over 3,000.
Looking ahead to our 2012/2013 season we’re excited to continue our popular pre-show talks, the family concert and our existing collaborations. We’re also thrilled to add one more CJO Plugged In concert plus new partnerships with other community-based Cleveland music organizations. We remain focused on serving as a responsible steward of your gifts and grants and collaborating, creating and connecting with other Cleveland non-profit organizations to help sustain ourselves and support our community.
We hope this Annual Report gives you some perspective on what we’ve accomplished during the past year. We’re excited to share this information about where we’ve been—and we’re even more excited about where CJO is headed.
Yours in Cleveland Jazz,
Sean Jones, Artistic Director; Paul Ferguson, Associate Artistic Director and Daniel R. Leibundgut, President
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