Portland, Oregon, March 28, 2017 - The non-profit Jazz Society of Oregon™ has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help ensure that its historic Cathedral Park Jazz Festival™ not only remains open and free for all, but also has the financial backing it needs to pay equitable rates for the best talent in the region. Held at beautiful Cathedral Park under the St. Johns Bridge on the weekend of July 15, this marks the festival’s 37th consecutive year, and the fourth year under the auspices of the Jazz Society. CPJazz™ hosts the best jazz and blues musicians from around the region, and is both the longest-running free jazz festival west of the Mississippi, and Portland’s longest-running annual community event. It was started to celebrate the transformation of a riverside toxic waste dump into a riverside public recreation facility with some of the most spectacular views in Portland. This event is funded through private grants, sponsorship and donations with no direct state or city support, and is organized by an all-volunteer staff. Anyone can help us meet our financial requirements by making a donation through Kickstarter at www.kck.st/2mf2wGw.“Keeping the festival free is a big challenge and we need support from both large sponsors and individuals who have enjoyed the festival over the years. Many PDX residents have childhood memories of the CPJazz Festival and cite it as their first introduction to jazz and blues. Kickstarter is a great way for all of us to pull together keep the festival alive and vibrant with the best music available,” said Margie Smith, festival general manager. The planning committee is looking for both business sponsors and volunteers to help with the event.
Contacts us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, respectively. Information on JSO’s Cathedral Park Jazz Festival, including news on sponsorships, poster contest, volunteer opportunities and talent, can be found at jazzoregon.com/cpjazz.
About Jazz Society of Oregon
The Jazz Society of Oregon is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to promote jazz music in the Pacific Northwest. The Society supports jazz education as well as fostering a greater appreciation of this thoroughly American art form.