Many of the talented students in the VCU Jazz Studies Program — which adds so much to Richmond’s jazz scene, and America’s — fight hard to make their finances work. Then things happen: a broken instrument needs repair, not enough money for textbooks, other financial needs. Even a modest contribution from you to the VCU Jazz Students Fund can help in a big way.
Do that now, please. Just click on the pulldown menu to select the “Jazz Students Fund,” and complete the form.
Jazz Studies Director Antonio Garcia writes: “We have benefited tremendously from community support, but the scale of our need for scholarships, touring, recording, equipment, sheet music, or guest artists continues to be more than the Fund can financially address.
“During the past fifteen years the Jazz Students Fund has had to take up the gap left by drops in state funding. Since fiscal year 2001 (when I arrived at VCU), VCU has lost more than $5,000 per in-state student in funding from the Commonwealth and well over $64 million in its state funding and support.”
If you or your spouse work for a company that provides matching gifts, you can arrange that from this site as well. If you would like to contribute via check, please make checks payable to the “VCU Foundation.” In the memo-area write “Jazz Students Fund,” and send it to Antonio Garcia, VCU Music, 922 Park Avenue, PO Box 842004, Richmond VA 23284-2004.