Jazz Leadership Society

JLS event

WBGO is the world's number one voice for this great American Music: Jazz, Blues, Classic Soul and R&B. Our Jazz Leadership Society (JLS) is a group of major donors who are united in the spirit of celebrating this music's rich history, while exploring its ever evolving present and guaranteeing its bright future.

If you believe that WBGO is a vital cultural institution worth your philanthropic support, then please join this special community that contributes to WBGO in a significant way, to keep this great music alive.

Leader / Ambassador

You receive exclusive access to unique experiences that will take you inside the making of this music you love. You will also become part of a vibrant community of special contributors who help develop and grow the value of the programming and services WBGO provides, which includes our award-winning news coverage and community outreach programs.

Leader

$1,200 - $2,399 annually / $100 + monthly by Credit Card or one payment by check or credit card

  • Our core development team will provide a personalized concierge service throughout the year that will include complimentary ticket offers (for you and a guest), to: concerts; club performances; film screenings and other cultural events.
  • You will be guaranteed attendance for at least one of the four events in WBGO's Yamaha Salon Concert Series in NYC, hosted by Michael Bourne and recorded for broadcast. WBGO's Yamaha Concert Series is an exclusive JLS benefit
  • An invitation for you and a guest to attend WBGO's Annual Jazz Leadership Appreciation event which includes brunch and a special performance by a stellar jazz vocalist, recorded for later broadcast on Michael Bourne's Singers Unlimited
  • A private tour of the WBGO Studios by a member of our core development team
  • Opportunity to record a personal testimonial in the WBGO studios for use during an on-air Membership Drive. You will receive a recording of your testimonial as a keepsake.
  • Access to exclusive JLS receptions at WBGO special events (i.e. Mohonk, Newport Jazz Festival, etc.)
  • Recognition of your generosity on a dedicated acknowledgement page on the WBGO website and in the lobby of WBGO's studios.

Contact John Newcott, Director of Donor Development at (973) 643-4302 / jnewcott@wbgo.org for information

Ambassador

$2,400 - $4,999 annually / $200 + monthly by Credit Card or one payment by check or credit card

Ambassadors receive all of the Leader benefits plus:

  • Guaranteed seating at two of the four events in the Yamaha Salon Concert Series
  • A personal invitation for you and a guest to attend the taping of your choice during WBGO's Jazz Appreciation Month (April) live, in-studio performances
  • Through our concierge service, we will help make arrangements for you to receive a complimentary pair of tickets to a show at the Blue Note Jazz Club* or Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola during the course of the year.
    Some restrictions may apply.

Contact John Newcott, Director of Donor Development at (973) 643-4302 / jnewcott@wbgo.org for information

Producer

You receive exclusive access to unique experiences that will take you inside the making of this music you love. You will also become part of a vibrant community of special contributors who help develop and grow the value of the programming and services WBGO provides, which includes our award-winning news coverage and community outreach programs.

Producer

$5,000 - $9,999 annually/$417 + monthly by Credit Card or one payment by check or credit card

Producers receive all of the Leader and Ambassador benefits, plus:

  • Guaranteed seating at three of the four events in the Yamaha Salon Concert Series
  • A special invitation for you and a guest to attend one of our Monday Nights with WBGO at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola in New York City, a monthly series hosted by Rhonda Hamilton. You'll be seated at the WBGO table with Rhonda and a member of the core Development team of WBGO. It's a unique chance to enjoy a premier jazz performance at one of the finest clubs in NYC. Availability is limited.
  • A personal invitation for you and a guest to come to the WBGO Studios for a live broadcast and have the opportunity to meet the artist and our interviewing on-air announcer. Our core Development team will appraise you of dates, times, artists and availabilities

Contact John Newcott, Director of Donor Development at (973) 643-4302 / jnewcott@wbgo.org for information

Champions Circle

The Champions Circle consists of a unique group of Major Donors to WBGO, who through their extra generous financial support, make a significant impact in maintaining the excellence of our programming, while keeping the vision and mission of the organization vibrant and relevant. It provides unique opportunities for direct involvement and engagement in the process of moving WBGO forward, including interactions with WBGO's Board of Trustees and key staff.

In addition to all of your JLS benefits, as a Champion you receive additional VIP access to, and interaction with, the producers and presenters of this great music and the rich stories they have to tell about all that informs it. This includes exclusive private events available only to the Champions Circle.

Champion

$10,000 + annually / $833 + monthly by Credit Card or one payment by check or credit card

Champions enjoy the benefits of all 3 JLS levels plus:

  • Guaranteed seating at all four events in the Yamaha Salon Concert Series
  • A private invitation for you and a guest to lunch or dinner with WBGO President/CEO Amy Niles and your favorite WBGO Host (pending their availability). At this meal, you'll have an opportunity to engage in a discussion with your WBGO host of choice about your favorite music, which will result in them creating a special playlist exclusively for you.
  • Invitation to a special intimate concert performance in a beautiful private home
  • Invitation to an exclusive luncheon or dinner with a prominent artist and WBGO announcer
  • Special VIP backstage access to select WBGO concerts and events
  • A special series of on-air acknowledgements
  • Special recognition in WBGO's annual Champions of Jazz Gala program guide
  • Your favorite WBGO On-Air Announcer will record a personalized voice mail message for you

Contact John Newcott, Director of Donor Development at (973) 643-4302 / jnewcott@wbgo.org for information