Become a Next Waltz Sponsor – 100% Supports Musicians Emergency Healthcare Fund

THE NEXT WALTZ 2017 – Become A Sponsor!  100% of your donation goes to JWF Musicians Emergency Healthcare Fund

November Fri 24th, Sat 25th, Sun 26th The Alberta Rose Theatre Portland, Or 

The Next Waltz is an All-Star lineup of Portland musicians who sing and play the music from The Band’s classic concert, movie and album The Last Waltz.  The three nights of sell out shows have become a meaningful local holiday tradition for many.  A portion of the concert proceeds benefit the Jeremy Wilson Foundation.  BUT All sponsorship proceeds go 100% to support the mission of The Jeremy Wilson Foundation.

Please become a Business or Personal Sponsor and support your local music community.

Logo Sponsor – $250.00 (10+)  (For Businesses) AVAILABLE!  Choose the donate button below. We will contact you to get your logo and details

  • Your company logo clearly displayed in The Next Waltz Program given FREE to all 1200 attendees
  • Thank you and acknowledgment from stage by MC each night
  • Logo and hotlink on partners lists and webpage
  • Undying gratitude from the JWF


 “Next Waltzers” Supporter – $50.00 to $200.00 (50) (Companies or Individuals) AVAILABLE!  Choose the donate button below. We will contact you to get your name and details

  • A special “Thank You!” with your name (example: Jean & John Smith) included in the list of “Next Waltzers” Supporters on the back cover of the The Next Waltz event program.
  • Name appears on a featured Thank You “Next Waltzers” Supporters webpage.
  • So much genuine gratitude from the Jeremy Wilson Foundation you’ll be moved to tears.


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Happy birthday to Bob – from the treble clef

The annual Bob Dylan Birthday Bash started, as do many great traditions, with a spur-of-the-moment impulse.

About four years ago, Kory Quinn was checking out the internet from a console at the Oregon City Library.  He noticed that Mississippi Studios had an open night, and it happened to be near Bob Dylan’s birthday, which is May 24.

As are most contemporary songwriters, Kory’s a big Dylan fan, and he had often thought about creating a tribute concert. But that day, he jumped right in. “I quickly pitched the idea to the venue, and I mentioned it to all my buddies, who all agreed to play.” Sounding surprised that it came together so easily, Kory said, “It just fell out of the sky.”

And now, Mississippi Studios holds a date for the celebration every year.

Honoring Dylan and Portland’s musicians. For Kory, the tribute concert has always been about community service, a way of showcasing local performers.  It’s even more so now that the Jeremy Wilson Foundation benefits from the event.

Kory is as passionate about JWF as he is about songwriting. As part of a new generation of musicians in Portland, Kory said he is beholden to those who created the city’s vibrant music scene and paved the way for the community that exists today. “In my opinion, every musician should be doing a JWF event.

“Sure, the Affordable Care Act has helped out a lot, but there are a lot of musicians – especially the old guard of Portland musicians – who need an emergency fund.  They may have basic health care, but they can really be up a creek” if they encounter a serious health crisis, Kory said.

A new twist on Dylan. “I was inspired by the women’s march in January.  So another mission this year is to showcase some of Portland’s female artists. That huge demonstration early this year was a great show of feminist and American values,” and Kory wants to carry on that spirit.

He’s always tried to avoid the show being a “boy’s club,” but there hasn’t always been a good balance of men and women. This year, he’s focused primarily on female performers. At this writing, Jenny Conlee, Rebecca Sanborn and Kyleen King will be performing together. Little Sue will appear, as will Malachi Graham and Lauren Sheehan.

Join Kory Quinn, Lewi Longmire, Jenny Conlee, Rebecca Sanborn, Kyleen King, Little Sue, Malachi Graham, Lauren Sheehan, Portland Country Underground, Quick & Easy Boys and a host of talented local performers as they pay tribute to the incomparable Bob Dylan. The show starts at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 28 at Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi in Portland.





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JWF: a New Twist on Crowd Funding

The appeal of sites like GoFundMe is that you know exactly who’s getting your donation. Through on-line journals and photos, you can follow the recipient’s journey, struggles and successes, whether or not you know each other in real life.

But despite the benefits of these sites, they may not be the best option, either for the donor or the recipient.

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Bill & Sue Svendsen: Good ears, great hearts

Bill Svendsen loves music and musicians and making a difference.  That’s why he chairs the Jeremy Wilson Foundation.  But it took Bill awhile before music and support for the arts became his primary focus.

While their children were growing up, Bill and his wife Sue spent much of their time in the horse world. They owned show horses, their daughters rode and competed, and horses occupied a lot of the household’s non-work hours every week.

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Giving back to the goddess – JWF and Rhonda Kennedy

Rhonda Kennedy is a musician and a lover of arts who has made a big impression on Portland.

As the Reverend Rho, she hosted the KBOO show “Church of Northwest Music.”  She and co-host Fiona Martin were called the goddesses of the airwaves. The show featured great regional musicians.

She has done some interior design and worked for the Clinton Street Quarterly. She was the road manager for a group of Buddhist monks that performed at Lollapalooza.

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