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JWF BLM Solidarity + Commitment Statement

OUR COMMITMENT TO THE COMMUNITY

The Jeremy Wilson Foundation (JWF) stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and calls for justice in the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Quanice Hayes, Patrick Kimmons, Keaton Otis, Kendra James, Terrell Johnson, Andre Gladen, and countless others. 

As a musicians’ health and services organization, we understand that the music industry’s legacy of marginalizing and exploiting Black artists makes it a critical forum for the work of antiracism. We also know that local concert bills and musical events have frequently failed to reflect the true diversity of Oregon’s music community.

The JWF seeks to use our platform to be an actively antiracist organization. Our all-volunteer Board of Directors has had numerous conversations over the past few weeks exploring our own challenges and opportunities in this area. More importantly, we’ve had conversations outside of our immediate circle and received hard, valuable insight into what we can be doing better. 

Today, we are announcing the following commitments to the community we serve. We will:

  1. Conduct targeted outreach to local organizations embedded in the Black community to ensure Black musicians and music professionals are aware of and can easily access JWF services
  2. Pledge that future JWF-organized and JWF-affiliated musical events will include equitable representation of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) performers, striving for a lineup comprised of at least one-third non-white artists.
  3. Prioritize BIPOC-owned businesses in vendor selection for all JWF activities (e.g., material design, catering, printing, and supply procurement)
  4. Launch active recruitment of new volunteers, consultants, and future board members to increase BIPOC representation in the JWF itself 

The JWF welcomes feedback on our planned strategies for better ensuring that each level of our organization’s work reflects a diverse, inclusive community of artists and industry workers. These initial actions are only the first step in our long-term commitment to social change. Thank you for holding us accountable as we move forward. 

Approved by the JWF Board of Directors 6/17/2020

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$62,000 of $75,000 Raised For the COVID-19 Musicians’ Relief Fund – Your Support Makes Music!

To donate to the JWF Covid-19 Musicians Relief Fund, please give directly here: COVID-19 Oregon Musicians’ Relief Fund

Building on the 86 emergency grants we distributed in April, the JWF is opening another round of financial assistance for working musicians impacted by performance cancellations due to the coronavirus May 25th thru May 29th. If we can grow our COVID-19 Oregon Musicians’ Relief Fund from $62,000 to $75,000 by May 30th, we’ll be able to help 60 more musicians and music industry workers in Oregon and SW Washington. Every dollar you donate to our GoFundMe campaign goes directly to these special grants.

“In good times, and bad, there has always been a strong sense of support within Portland’s music community,” said Jack Mortensen, the bass player and producer who brought together 30 musicians to raise funds for the JWF through a “socially distant” performance of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” We couldn’t agree more: the generosity of JWF supporters truly makes music happen. Thank you for all you’ve helped us do so far — and for giving what you can as we respond to these unprecedented times once more. 

To donate to the JWF Covid-19 Musicians Relief Fund, please give directly here: COVID-19 Oregon Musicians’ Relief Fund

You can also mail a donation made out to the Jeremy Wilson Foundation to:  
The Jeremy Wilson Foundation 
1028 SE Water Ave, STE 230 
Portland, OR 97214 
Include memo: Covid-19 Musicians Relief Fund
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A Concert for George Harrison that represents Portland

Kate O’Brien leads the string section of All Things Must Pass

By Claire Levine

Kate O’Brien was in high school when she first heard George Harrison’s masterpiece, All Things Must Pass.  When she started listening to the songs in preparation for the Feb. 1 show of the same name at Revolution Hall, she realized, “These songs are in my bones,” and in the bones of most Americans of her generation.

“I was so honored when (producer) Mark Bowden invited me to pull together the string section,” Kate said. While she had always related to the music, she realized that she’s always listened as a fan, not as a violinist. So the task of learning and coordinating the string accompaniment presented both a challenge and a joyous opportunity to learn the music from an entirely different perspective.

One of the things that attracted Mark to the All Things Must Pass album was Phil Spector’s “wall of sound.” The show’s poster touts that the show will be “in all its Phil Spector glory.” That means a lot of musicians (more than 30) and a whole bunch of instruments. Kate said all the musicians are spending a lot of time listening to the original recording to best recreate the full measure of the music.

“I imagine the strings and the horns as creating a layer of woodchips on the floor of a playground,” forming a flexible basis to support the lead instruments and vocals. “Every once in a while the sound of a horn or a violin will rise up,” and catch everyone’s attention, but for the most part the instruments are a beautifully integrated texture of tones, Kate said.

Kate is a classically trained violinist who established and runs the Mosaic String Academy. She has been gigging with a wide variety of bands for nearly 20 years, and recently ventured out as a singer-songwriter. She also currently plays and sings with the Gerle Haggard Band.

For several years, Kate has performed in The Next Waltz productions – the annual recreation of The Band’s last performance (proceeds of which also support the JWF Musicians’ Emergency Healthcare Fund). This production draws on an already close-knit musical community, and many performers come back year after year.

“It’s like a big musical family, with an annual reunion of people you love.” The 2019 show greatly expanded that family, with the addition of new performers, including several young women of color.  These musicians added vitality to what is already a high-energy production.

Everyone rose to the moment and “made each song their own,” in Kate’s words, while respecting the nearly iconic performances we’ve been listening to on the film and albums for more than 40 years.

All Things Must Pass also benefits from the diversity of talent available in Portland and the concert will feature many women and a diverse group of performers.  When Kate was asked to assemble a string section, she thought of four of the most talented people she knew – all of whom happened to be female.

Kate said it’s a pleasure to watch Mark pull this event together, adding vision while guiding more than 30 musicians “who really work at being musicians.” She, like Mark, is excited for what she hopes is the first of many annual tributes to George Harrison.

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All Things Must Pass: Feb. 1, 2020 at Revolution Hall

By Claire Levine

The 1970 album All Things Must Pass is as big and all-encompassing as George Harrison’s life and spirituality: it embraces everything. Hailed as George’s liberation from the shadow of the Beatles, it is at once joyous, sad, regretful and optimistic.

Fifty years later, we still have a terrific amount to glean from Harrison’s music. So Mark Bowden — musician, composer, producer, promoter and lover of big sounds — is commemorating the album’s release with a 30-plus-musician show on Feb. 1 at Revolution Hall. He is modeling the show after Concert for George, the stunning tribute to George’s life and music put on by Eric Clapton and friends.

A portion of the proceeds will support the Musicians’ Emergency Health Care Fund.

“I have always loved All Things Must Pass,” Mark said, “It has the magic of the Beatles,” that neither Lennon nor McCartney could capture after the band broke up. 

Mark said, “I love that Phil Spector ‘Wall of Sound.’ You can’t recreate that with five or 10 musicians, That’s why I’m bringing all those musicians together. I want the power of that performance to hit you hard and knock you over!”

Mark also wants this production to represent Portland’s tremendous talent pool. That means lots more women than performed at the Concert for George. For example, Anita Elliot will play the pedal steel and Kate O’Brien will lead the all-female string section. Little Sue, a recent addition to the Oregon Music Hall of Fame, signed up early on. 

In fact, Mark said, “Every single musician I’ve talked to has said, ‘Are you kidding me? I absolutely want to be there.’”

“Some people go to silent retreats; some people climb mountains. People seek out experiences to find the truth within themselves. For me, music has always been a religious experience. The stage is a sacred space to be taken seriously,” Mark said.

“This is my Wailing Wall, my Vatican City, My Hindu Temple.”

For Mark, All Things Must Pass is a labor of love, not a money maker. He didn’t want something this important to stop at the walls of the concert hall. So, a portion of all ticket sales will help musicians who need financial help during a time of a medical crisis through the Musicians’ Emergency Medical Fund. To learn more about All Things Must Pass at Revolution Hall, follow Mark at https://twitter.com/SonicbutterPDX and https://www.instagram.com/mbcaster/.

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Here’s the Facebook Event Page

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MedSavvy – prescription drug discount service

MedSavvy’s prescription drug discount service gives you the medication cost and effectiveness information you need to make the best treatment decisions for yourself and loved ones. Combining the benefits of significant cost savings and prescription effectiveness information from a team of licensed pharmacists, you are empowered to find the right medication for your health, lifestyle – and wallet!

MedSavvy is available to anyone, whether you have insurance or not. While the discount cannot be used in conjunction with insurance, it can be used instead of insurance if preferred.

To get started:

  1. Register for MedSavvy – Text GETMEDSAVVY to 77417 for a customized registration link OR click here to register
  2. Search for your medication
  3. Select “Where can you buy it?”
  4. Search nearby pharmacies and use the discount card at a participating pharmacy to save up to 80% on your medication!
  5. Watch this video to learn more

DISCOUNT ONLY – NOT INSURANCE. Discounts are available exclusively through participating pharmacies. The range of the discounts will vary depending on the type of medication and pharmacy chosen. This program does not make payments directly to pharmacies. Members are required to pay for all health care services. You may cancel your registration at any time or file a complaint by contacting Customer Care. This program is administered by Medical Security Card Company (MSC), LLC of Tucson, AZ. Visit medsavvy.com/discount-card for full disclaimers and program details.

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Health Insurance Open Enrollment – Sign Up by Dec 15th

Like the Jeremy Wilson Foundation, the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace is dedicated to health care assistance. The Marketplace connects people to coverage and helps them pay for it through HealthCare.gov. If you don’t get health insurance through your job, go to OregonHealthCare.gov before Dec. 15 to get started.

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Please make a donation to the JWF Musicians Emergency Healthcare 2018 Winter Fundraiser




 

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Thank You Sponsors – The Next Waltz 2018 – Tonight’s the night.

We would also like to make a special thanks to “Next Waltzer” Sponsors – David & Kathy Brooks

The Next Waltz concert, fundraiser, and tribute is happening Nov 23, 24, and 25 at Alberta Rose Theatre

The Jeremy Wilson Foundation would like to thank our 2018 supporting partners, major sponsors, logo sponsors and ‘Next Waltzer’ donors.  Together they are making this the biggest Next Waltz fundraiser to date!

Thank you for supporting  local musicians and the

JWF Musicians Emergency Healthcare Fund

 

Major Sponsors

Secret Aardvark Trading Company

Alberta Rose Theatre

Electric Lettuce

Ecliptic Brewing

Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace

Glenn Rubin

Peninsula Performing Arts Center

Wonder Ballroom

Logo Sponsor

JackPot Recording Studio

Water Ave Coffee

Base Camp Brewing

Sizzle Pie

Voodoo Doughnuts

Shorty and the Mustangs

Laurelthirst Public House

Ear Trumpet Labs

Footwise

24th & Meatballs

Music Millennium

Strum Guitars

Black Book Guitars

Wealth Advisors NW, LLC

Robo Taco

The Salt Empire

Next Waltzer Supporters

Gordon & Laura Noble

David & Kathy Brooks

Portland Music Co.

Benson Amps

Revival Drum Shop

TC O’Leary’s Irish Pub

Trade Up Music

 

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Glenn Rubin Supports Musicians & Will Match Your Donation!

The Jeremy Wilson Foundation’s big fundraiser and musical tribute The Next Waltz starts it’s annual three show run Friday November 23rd at the Alberta Rose Theatre.  To kick off the fundraising component.  Glenn Rubin, who has attended all six previous years,  will be matching the first $1500.00 in donations raised.  Here’s what he wrote to JWF as to why he is donating and challenging others to as well:

When it comes to the Next Waltz shows, words almost fail me. Having been lucky enough to have experienced it every year from the first, I can honestly say it is always one of the high points of my year, not only musically, but emotionally. Not only because of the great artists and music of the original production, but the local sense of community and joy as the Portland production comes together each year. The fact that The Jeremy Wilson Foundation  has tied this into such a vital need as emergency healthcare, is truly ‘icing on the cake’.

Music has been a spiritual and life-giving force to me throughout my life.  As a very young child, I remember feeling some kind of groove as I watched and listened to steel drum calypso bands in the 50’s pre-reggae Jamaica. Later, even before my teen years, I spent hours picking out 45 RPM records from the likes of Little Richard, Fats Domino, and Link Wray. Fast forward to 1982, when I decided to move to Portland, one of the main reasons, beside the natural beauty of Oregon, was the exciting and varied music scene happening all over the city.

So it seems only right to do more than just buy tickets to concerts. To say the least, except for a very fortunate few, most musicians and their families are not knee deep in greenbacks. They often pursue their careers for the love of the music, spreading their artistic gifts to those of us consumers who don’t have that natural talent.

Having worked in the healthcare field for a good deal of my life, I’m especially aware of the importance of access to proper and timely medical resources. And in the current chaotic political and economic climate, that has become all but impossible for many of us. So all the more reason to applaud and support efforts like the Jeremy Wilson Foundation to provide healthcare and moral support to folks in our local music community.

Thanks, JWF, and everyone else involved, for such a wonderful and transcendent post-Thanksgiving celebration. Keep it going!

With much gratitude,

Glenn

WAYS TO DONATE

Make a one time donation

Or choose to make it recurring

From your smartphone or computer

using your credit card at

www.thejwf.org

In person at the volunteer booth

Cash/Check/Visa

Mail checks or money orders made to

Jeremy Wilson Foundation

1028 SE Water Ave STE 230

Portland, OR 97214

SHOP & SUPPORT

If you shop Amazon through www.smile.amazon.com/ch/80-0605662 the AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to JWF (look into the AmazonSmile program and link JWF as your charity.)

You are now able to link your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to your favorite nonprofit. Go to   www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards and re-enroll or enroll and enter the Fred Meyer Code for JWF = EJ028

Are you a Fred Meyer Customer?   www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards 

Link your Fred Meyers Reward card using code  EJ028 or search for Jeremy Wilson Foundation

YOU CAN HELP Jeremy Wilson Foundation EARN DONATIONS JUST BY SHOPPING WITH YOUR FRED MEYER REWARDS CARD! Fred Meyer donates over $2 million per year to non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, based on where their customers tell them to give. Here’s how the program works:

  • Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to the Jeremy Wilson Foundation at www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards. You can search for us by our name or by our non-profit number EJ028.
  • Then, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping the Jeremy Wilson Foundation earn a donation!
  • You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today.
  • If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the Customer Service desk of any Fred Meyer store.
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Thank You Bob Dylan Birthday Bash Sponsors

Join us Sunday May 27th at Mississippi Studios for our annual night in tribute to Bobby Dylan.   Conceived and produced by musician Kory Quinn.   Get your tickets now. as it sells out every year.  100% of the proceeds benefit the JWF Musicians Emergency Healthcare Fund.  BUY TICKETS

We would like to thank our AWESOME SPONSORS!

Major Sponsors:   

In-Kind Sponsors

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The Next Waltz – Live Stream Video Tonight at 8 pm

Tonight’s Next Waltz will be multi-camera-video-captured and live-streamed on the internet.  Video provided by Stumptown Bliss.  Please tell your fans, friends and family who missed out on getting tickets and those who live in other places about the live stream.  Here is the link to send them: https://livestream.com/stumptown-bliss/thenextwaltz2017

The internet audience will be able to tune in to the entire show and will be offered the opportunity to donate to the Jeremy Wilson Foundation, too.  There is also a live message board, so people can comment, interact, etc.

Starts at 8:00 pm!

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