About the BHS Jazz Parent Association
Although Berkeley Unified School District pays the full-time salary of our director, Sarah Cline, a quality music education requires much more and every year, the parents of BHS Jazz students provide behind-the-scenes logistics and raise money to support the jazz program activities.
As a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization of parents and friends who have joined together as the Berkeley High Jazz Association, we are committed to preserving and enhancing the glorious jazz tradition that has been a hallmark of the Berkeley High program since its inception over 40 years ago.
While we’re justifiably proud of the award-winning legacy of the program and its star-studded alumni, we know that the true value of the program lies in the transformative impact it has on the lives of its participants. BHS jazz parents support a vibrant musical community where kids experience the joy of creativity and authentic excellence through improvisation, self-expression, dedication and teamwork–the hallmarks of jazz.
We want every Berkeley High student with a passion for jazz to have a chance to join our program.
We want to include students whose families can’t afford the cost of individual music lessons, so we help fund scholarships for promising middle and high school low-income musicians.
We also want to include girls who don’t have enough successful role models in jazz, so BHS Jazz has developed an outstanding JazzGirls Day program that brings girls from all over the Bay Area together with working women jazz musicians for a full day of music-making, improvisation, inspiration and support.
Besides covering sheet music, jazz festival entrance fees and expenses, funds raised by the BHS Jazz Association also pay for visiting artists and sectional instruction by local professionals. The Association is governed by an executive board elected by the general membership each year.
Any amount you can contribute helps us achieve our goals and all contributions are tax deductible.