[JPL] IAJE Letter
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Sat Apr 19 14:43:31 EDT 2008
It seems to me to be quite unfortunate mis-management & poor planning, to
have a huge association with a huge membership, and huge turn outs at
conferences to over spend their budgets!
I'm also a member of NATO, as a movie exhibitor, & they turn out a
What an opportunity IAJE's database presents as a resource for jazz
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It is with great disappointment that I received this confirming letter
minutes ago after reading about it in the Seattle Newspaper this
this is a symptom of the issues with IAJE.
Sadly I read between the lines and fear scholarship money has been
other funds rather than being separate and paying out only on the
interest of the
I have hope this wake up call will give birth to a new organization that
will be more
responsible, creative and worthwhile for us Jazzers. Any new
organization has to
have a very good business focus with checks and balances while being
yield cost efficiency.
Sadly yours, Now I got the BLUES for sure.
*Dear IAJE Family,*
It is with a great sense of loss that I inform you that despite drastic
efforts to cut expenses and raise emergency funds, the IAJE Board has
voted to file for bankruptcy under Chapter 7 of the Federal Bankruptcy
Law. I want to thank profusely those who responded with their generous
donations and offers of assistance following my last communication.
While over 250 individuals contributed just over $12,000, this, along
with the many other efforts and contributions of IAJE staff, Board
members, and association partners, was simply not enough to address the
accumulated debt of the organization or its urgent need for cash relief.
In the next few days, a Kansas bankruptcy court will appoint a trustee
to oversee all ongoing aspects of the association. This includes the
ability to examine IAJE's financial records and mount an independent
inquiry into the causes of it's financial downfall as well as disposing
of the remaining assets of the association with proceeds distributed to
creditors in accordance with Kansas and Federal law. The board will no
longer be involved in operation of the organization and will at some
point resign. IAJE as it presently stands will no longer exist.
Approximately a week after filing, all potential creditors of the
association will receive notice of the association's filing from the
court. Members who desire additional information regarding the petition,
including a complete listing of association assets and liabilities, may
retrieve this, as it is a public document, through normal court
procedures. Undoubtedly, however, you will have more immediate questions
deserving of responses I hope to address in this report.
Since the first communication to the membership outlining this crisis,
there has been considerable public speculation as to its causes. As
noted in that communication, years of dependence upon the conference as
a primary (but unreliable) revenue stream and the launch of a
well-intentioned capital campaign (the Campaign for Jazz), which
generated a meager response but required considerable expenditures in
advance of contributions, drove the association into insolvency. Sadly,
the attendance at the conference in Toronto (the lowest in 10 years)
exacerbated an already critical situation, depriving the association of
the cash-flow needed to continue daily operations as well as the time
needed to seek alternative resources.
While ultimately not able to skirt the financial land mines placed in
its path, I want to assure you the IAJE Board has acted responsibly,
ethically, and with a sense of urgency ever since it was blindsided last
fall with the discovery of the extent of the accumulated association
debt. Since that time, the board slashed spending, set specific
performance targets for the Executive Director, sought outside
consultations, and enlisted the services of several past-presidents and
strategic association partners in attempts to raise funds - sadly, with
It goes without saying, the board you elected is comprised of very
accomplished, intelligent, and dedicated educators and professionals who
have given generously of their time in service to this association and
care about it passionately. Likewise, our entire professional staff, led
by Associate Executive Director, Vivian Orndorff, and Executive
Producer, Steve Baker, has worked heroically in the face of declining
resources to meet the needs of the association and its members. I wanted
to take this opportunity to thank both the board and staff for their
service. I have been privileged and honored to serve with them. While
there may be those who question specific decisions or strategies in
efforts to meet this crisis, the dedication and integrity of these
individuals should never be in doubt.
As we move forward, one of the most pressing questions is how the
operations of individual chapters and affiliated associations will be
affected by this filing. Since our chapters are either separate
corporate entitles or voluntary associations with their own boards,
constitutions and bylaws; IAJE views them as completely independent
entities. Ultimately, however, the trustee and the court will make this
determination and it is anticipated that the trustee may request certain
information from the chapters in this regard.
Sadly, the 2009 IAJE International Conference in Seattle has been
cancelled. However, there has been some discussion of mounting a
regional conference in its place. At the moment, Lou Fischer, U.S. Board
Representative is fielding inquiries: ljazzmanf at yahoo.com
<mailto:ljazzmanf at yahoo.com>.
For the time being, the IAJE website will remain up. However, the
international offices of IAJE will close their doors at the end of the
day on Friday, April 18th. Should there be additional questions you may
submit them to info at iaje.org <mailto:info at iaje.org> and every attempt
will be made to respond to these as staffing allows.
Today, we, the members of IAJE and the global jazz community, face an
extremely important task. For, as we all recognize, the opportunities,
impact, and work of this association are too vital to simply disappear.
Whether you were first drawn to IAJE for its conference, its magazine or
research publications, its student scholarship programs such as Sisters
in Jazz or the Clifford Brown/Stan Getz All-Stars, its Teacher Training
Institutes, the resources provided through its website or Resource Team,
or any one of a number of other offerings; it is clear the mission of
IAJE still resonates and its advocacy is needed today more than ever. We
must, therefore, look at this as an opportunity to refocus the mission,
scope, programs, and vision of IAJE (or whatever succeeds it) to better
meet the needs of our members and the jazz community not only today but
looking toward the future.
I am, in no way, suggesting the membership turn a blind eye towards the
need for an independent inquiry into causes and ultimately assigning
responsibility for this situation. I ask you recognize the court
appointed trustee, who will have access to all necessary documents and
facts, is charged with that task. Our efforts and our passion, should be
to collectively rally the community to recognize the importance IAJE has
had and continues to have in the life and development of jazz and jazz
education - seeking new strategic partnerships, new government
structures, and a revitalized mission that embraces current needs.
Already there are efforts to do just that. I know that Mary Jo Papich,
who would have begun serving her term as President of IAJE beginning
this July, is dedicated to recreating such an association. As many know,
Mary Jo has been a tireless advocate for IAJE, serving it long and well.
You will, undoubtedly, be hearing from her in the near future. When she
does contact you, I urge you to join me in offering her every support
and assistance. Of course, others may also seek to fill this void by
promoting alternative visions for empowering, serving, and gathering the
jazz community. While I generally believe such diversity is quite
healthy, I would strongly encourage all such efforts and leaders to
attempt to collaborate and seek ways to unite us in spirit and strength.
Finally, I would encourage you to recognize and remember IAJE for all
the tremendous good it has done in the past 40 years. Many individuals
have contributed along the way, often at considerable personal sacrifice
of their time and resources, to establish and advance the work of this
association. Much has been achieved that can never be taken away!
Therefore, the vision, effort, and shared passion that have fueled the
growth of IAJE and its programs should not be forgotten or considered in
vain. Rather, the spirit that is IAJE must be rekindled into a new
vision for the future.
The IAJE Board - Chuck Owen, President
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