ABOUT BMF PROGRAMS

BMF serves students from rural, suburban, urban core and underserved schools throughout Kansas City including a mix of male, female, Black/ African-American, Caucasian, Asian, Hispanic/Latino, and Multiracial ethnicities. Our team consists of industry professionals who serve in critical roles as coaches, and mentors.

Moreover, BMF programs provide students with real-life insights that support our mission; exemplify a synergy with the arts industry rarely realized within existing education models; all under the umbrella of the Burnett Music Foundation (BMF) established in 2007.

The core programs of BMF include:

· Kansas City Area Youth Jazz (KCAYJ) is an after-school enrichment program for high school and college students interested in intensive study of jazz, improvisation, and professional recording practice. This merit-based program offers a tuition-free experience culminating with the recording of a professionally produced and commercially released album on the ARC label. Concerts are presented to audiences new to the music.

· Artists Recording Collective (ARC) is a new brand collective record label that protects the rights of its artists and engages their professional expertise to developing musicians. An integral subset of ARC is its Next Generation Jazz Jam Sessions which serve high school and adult learners from urban core and underserved schools.

· Jazz Artistry Now is a Jazz Journalism program that features established writers, and offers students opportunities to engage in community presentations and hone their literary skills through the platform.

· Bird Boot Camp + Musical Salute (BIRD) is a program designed to honor Jazz pioneer, Charlie “Yardbird” Parker. It attracts students, grades 5-12 in a full “Charlie Parker” immersion experience including coaching by master musicians, educational lectures, and a culminating BIRD tribute performance that is free and open to the public.

Our mission is to illuminate Jazz music as an original American art by engaging the next generation with the purpose of building modern living wages through challenging, meaningful and inspiring experiences. We believe that perpetuating Jazz music unites us as a society.


PROGRAMS AND
OPPORTUNITIES

NEEDS AND
DESCRIPTION

Total Cost of this program is
$5,000.00 (2022)
STATUS: FUNDED

Jazz music is learned and passed along by experienced musicians sharing knowledge on the bandstand with aspiring jazz players. This no-cost educational program is totally funded by tax-deductible sponsorships, donations, and grants in order to eliminate economic barriers to participation. ARC Recording Artists curate and administrate this jazz jam session program with the assistance of professional rhythm section players from the ARC roster and the Kansas City jazz artist community. The ARC Next Generation Jazz Jam Session program at 424 Lounge is scheduled for the 3rd Saturday of each month during the year from 3 pm to 5 pm.

ARC STUDENT JAZZ JAM SESSION
2022 PRINCIPAL SPONSOR $2,450!

program synopsis | JazzJam.us

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NEEDS AND
DESCRIPTION

Total Cost of this program is
$12,000.00 (2022)
STATUS: PENDING

This education program is totally funded by sponsorships, donations, and grants in order to be presented free-of-cost to the participants. Thus, eliminating a barrier to participation. Since 2014, we fund this program in partnerships and alliances with our patrons, several other significant arts organizations and both local and international retail music businesses to present the Bird Boot Camp each year. Mark your calendars! Bird Boot Camp is scheduled for Saturday, August 20, 2022!

PRODUCER $7,500 LEVEL

THANKS Signature Music, Inc.!

PROMOTER $2,500 LEVEL

THANKS FCCU!

PATRON $1,500 LEVEL

THANKS KC JAZZ A.L.I.V.E.!

PRINCIPAL $1,000 LEVEL


MAESTRO $500


JAZZER $250 LEVEL

program synopsis | BirdBootCamp.org

The 2021 Bird Boot Campfeatured celebrity” artist is Ronald McFadden (pictured on the right above) from the legendarily brilliant McFadden Brothers’ fame. The 2021 Bird Boot Camp keynote speaker is the noted Charlie Parker scholar, Kansas City Jazz expert, historian, and author, Chuck Haddix. The 2021 Bird Boot Camp featured improvisation clinic will be presented by noted jazz recording artist and educator, Greg Carroll. Clarence Smith (Kansas City Jazz Academy), Dr. Todd Wilkinson (Ottawa University), Conn-Selmer, Inc. artists and clinicians, Dr. Mike Parkinson (Vincent Bach), and Christopher Burnett (Henri Selmer Paris) will be featured among the top artists who are also jazz educators among our professional camp staff that includes GRAMMY-winner, Will Matthews (the sitting guitarist with the World Famous Count Basie Orchestra).

We believe it is important to rotate venues for Bird Boot Camp to expose the campers and community alike to the historic significance of Kansas-born jazz innovator, Charlie Parker. We are excited to announce that another historic Kansas City icon, The Folly Theater is our venue for 2021. Our backline sponsor is the Kansas City Jazz Academy from over at the American Jazz Museum. KC Area Youth Jazz provides plexiglass barriers and other tangible COVID-19 mitigation protocol measures. Thanks to KC Jazz ALIVE and the annual Spotlight: Charlie Parker program. For more information online also see: BirdBootCamp.org

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NEEDS AND
DESCRIPTION

Total Cost of this program is
$2,500.00 (2022)
STATUS: FUNDED

BMF SUSTAINING MONTHLY MEMBERSHIPS

Jazz Artistry Now is a very unique nonprofit digital arts magazine project. JAN began publishing online in 2007 to fill a media coverage void that existed in the field of objective jazz journalism then. JAN is local and global. JAN is a proud voting member of the Jazz Journalists Association and is totally funded by sponsorships, donations, and grants. Why are jazz music commentary, criticism, and review so important to both, Kansas and American history? Jazz is important to the art of our entire nation because it is the only truly American music and an original art form purely developed here. Jazz is now a worldwide music that originates from the artistic and cultural contributions slaves brought from Africa, melded with European music – creating art that reflects all peoples. Jazz is always modern, diverse, and contemporary. Jazz came from Congo Square in New Orleans, and the Midwest Territory Bands traveling through Kansas along with other states in the region. Jazz venues still range from dive bars to the grandest concert halls of today. Jazz music ranges from accessible blues and pop driven melodic tunes, to technically complex masterpieces and improvised avant garde experimentations. Jazz is state of the art music. Jazz is state of the world music. Jazz Artistry Now is the only Kansas arts magazine that provides another much needed 21st Century publication space for documenting the jazz works, projects, and recordings that are continually being created now.

Mr. Burnett is a professional jazz artist, noted composer, and an award-winning staff writer and reporter who has written columns and feature articles for All About Jazz, newspapers, journals, and military publications over a period of several decades. He is one of our Jazz Artistry Now founding editors and a professional voting member of the esteemed Jazz Journalists Association.

program synopsis | JazzArtistryNow.com

Mr. Adler’s work has appeared in JazzTimes, The Village Voice, Stereophile, The New York City Jazz Record, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Weekly, Down Beat, Time Out New York, City Arts, Jazziz, The New York Times, The New Republic, Slate, The Forward, The Sondheim Review, Fairmont Magazine (Canada), La Tempestad (Mexico), GEO (Germany), New Music Box, All Music Guide, Global Rhythm, Signal to Noise, Coda, Jewish Currents and more. He is happy to be a contributor to Jazz Artistry Now.

Mr. Yanow has written 11 books on jazz, over 800 liner notes, and more than 20,000 recording reviews through the years. His writing has graced virtually all of the top jazz magazines and he is happy to be a featured contributor to Jazz Artistry Now.

Jazz Great Benny Green possesses the history of jazz at his fingertips. Combine mastery of keyboard technique with decades of real-world experience playing with no one less than the most celebrated artists of the last half-century, and it’s no wonder Green has been hailed as perhaps the most exciting hard-swinging, hard-bop pianist to ever emerge from Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. Learn more at BennyGreenMusic.com. To read JAN online visit JazzArtistryNow.com

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NEEDS AND
DESCRIPTION

Total Cost of this program is
$35,000.00 (2022)
STATUS: PENDING

KC Area Youth Jazz is a very unique arts education program. This education program is totally funded by sponsorships, donations, and grants in order to be presented free-of-cost to the participants. There is no other youth jazz education program in the Kansas City region that encompasses the essential program elements and organization of our business model. All of the the programs are worthy. KC Area Youth Jazz is a no participation fee spring-and-summer-only program. KC Area Youth Jazz participation is FREE because we want no barriers to this arts business scholarship due to the inherent costs.

KANSAS CITY AREA YOUTH JAZZ
PRESENTING PARTNER
PROGRAM VENUE AND ALBUM PRODUCER

program synopsis | YouthJazz.us

2022 SEASON

Kansas City Area Youth Jazz meets weekly every Sunday between April-July in 90-minute professional coach led sessions at BRC Audio Productions – Kansas City, Kansas; and at the Paseo Academy in Kansas City, Missouri. The program currently offers four progressive jazz combos and enrolls 23 music students in ages 16-21 years old representing high school and collegiate levels. Programming begins as early as February with auditions, and post production work of releasing the recorded album projects on the ARC record label, as well as publishing student jazz journalism articles in Jazz Artistry Now runs through December. YOUTH JAZZ REEL (1m:51s): This video shows our students enthusiastically engaged in the music, and presents them engaging in the rigors of live rehearsal settings. The piece also reflects group photos with civic and political leaders at community performances, as well as their personal expressions about the Kansas City Area Youth Jazz program. All of the background music comes from commercially released recordings of current and former students. Kansas City Area Youth Jazz https://YouthJazz.us


HISTORY SCENES

THE BILL CRAIN ENSEMBLE (2020 FELLOWS)

KC Area Youth Jazz is a young artist experience and great music industry educational opportunity where Fellowships are awarded by objective open auditions and winners are assigned to one of the two ensembles: The Bill Crain Ensemble and The Leon Brady Ensemble. Fellows play original compositions written specifically for them and record the music to be released professionally on the internationally distributed ARC recording label.

THE LEON BRADY ENSEMBLE (2020 FELLOWS)

KC Area Youth Jazz was conceived in 2012, launched in 2018, and actively founded in 2019. Lots of planning went into the program model and has produced concurrently successful seasons while also mitigating coronavirus successfully in 2020 with innovative protocols used by US Army Bands that resulted in no COVID-19 related issues. KC Area Youth Jazz is led by Christopher Burnett, with Will Crain serving as the album producer and recording engineer, Rev WM Thornton and David Cunningham are associate conductors. The 2022 season guest artist conductor is Greg Carroll. KCAYJ residencies include commissioned published composers and other expert clinicians from leading jazz programs nationwide. The program has grown significantly from one ensemble in 2019 to four “named” ensembles in 2022.

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Photo: “Before the Storm” by Duane Hallock

JAMEY AEBERSOLD


GEORGE AND LIZ BESHENICH


BOB AND SUSAN MACKAY


RONALD AND LAURA COAXUM


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BOBBY AND PAM WATSON


MYRON J. (MIKE) AND DR. DEB GRISWOLD


BROCK AND SARAH HENNING


REV WM AND PASTOR BRANDY THORNTON


DARREL AND LAURA McKAIG


JOHN D. CAIN


STEPHEN AND MARIANNE TENNANT


CYNTHIA AND ROBERT FORRESTER


MARY COVINGTON


ROBERT AND MIRIAM (LOU) THARNISH


CHRISTOPHER AND TERRI BURNETT


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Make checks payable to “Burnett Music Foundation” and mail to:

Burnett Music Foundation
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Post Office Box 47
Leavenworth, Kansas 66048-0047