California Jazz Conservatory

In a Musician, Out an Artist

aka The Jazzschool   |   Berkeley, CA   |  www.cjc.edu

Mission

The California Jazz Conservatory is a nationally accredited music conservatory providing a dynamic community of students, artists, educators, scholars and audiences with a forum to study, perform, teach, research, appreciate and enjoy jazz and related styles of music from throughout the world. Comprising two distinct education programs, the California Jazz Conservatory, a postsecondary degree-granting program, and the Jazzschool Community Music School, a non-degree-granting community education program, the institution honors the contributions of past masters and promotes artistic innovation, bringing together a diverse music community to develop practical skills, acquire artistic sensibility, realize creative potential and find artistic voice.

Ruling year info

2003

President

Susan Muscarella

Main address

2087 Addison St

Berkeley, CA 94704 USA

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Formerly known as

Jazzschool, Inc.

EIN

43-1983168

NTEE code info

Performing Arts Schools (A6E)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Music (A68)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies

Bachelor of Music degree

Population(s) Served
Adults

Community music school.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Young musicians program

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Summer music program

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Jazz intensive program

Population(s) Served
Adolescents

Girls' music program

Population(s) Served
Women and girls
Adolescents

Associate of Arts program

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The following five goals and corresponding objectives serve to guide the CJC:

1. PROMOTING EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION
The CJC strives to promote excellence in music scholarship and performance by:

Establishing and maintaining the highest artistic and academic standards and promoting a strong work ethic.
Providing an educational forum on par with nationally-ranked institutions offering programs in jazz studies.
Attracting and retaining a world-class faculty and inspired student body.
Providing a comprehensive curriculum and supportive environment to develop artistic sensibility and musicological insight relevant to the aspiring jazz professional and the jazz enthusiast.
Providing a forum to exercise freedom of expression both individually and as a member of a group in the democratically-structured paradigm of the jazz ensemble.
Maintaining a state-of-the-art, aesthetically pleasing, one-stop-shopping-for-jazz facility, housing classrooms, practice rooms, intimate performance space, book and record store, and café.

2. FOSTERING HIGH ETHICAL STANDARDS
The CJC strives to foster high ethical standards by:

Providing an environment that promotes the development of well-balanced, conscientious, compassionate, forward-looking individuals who will contribute to a just society.

3. HONORING HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL HERITAGE
The CJC strives to honor the historical and cultural heritage of the jazz canon by:

Recognizing the historical and multicultural origins of jazz.
Highlighting the prominent role the jazz art form has played in shaping American history and culture.
Offering curricula designed to inform and develop an appreciation of the relationship between jazz and American culture and the global jazz diaspora.

4. NURTURING DIVERSITY IN ALL OF ITS FORMS
The CJC strives to create a diverse, all-inclusive, close-knit community by:

Seeking and embracing the cultural richness of a diverse constituency of students, faculty, staff and greater music community.
Implementing targeted community outreach efforts and providing scholarship opportunities to deserving students in need of financial assistance.
Providing a nurturing environment for students, teachers, scholars and artists in the jazz field.
Providing an inviting setting for family, friends, and the greater music community to celebrate students’ accomplishments and enjoy listening to jazz in its many forms.

5. DEVELOPING COLLABORATIONS
The CJC strives to build relation­ships and create collaborations with artistic and educational constituencies by:

Providing access to local, national and global perspectives and new and meaningful educational and artistic resources.
Creating opportunities for student and faculty exchanges with music education programs locally, nationally and internationally.

Financials

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California Jazz Conservatory

Board of directors
as of 2/10/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Tyler Johnston


Board co-chair

Susan Brand

Tyler Johnston

Susan Brand

Richard Lyons

Gregg Perloff

Jerry Fiddler

Neil Rudolph

Clifford Brown, Jr.

Rita Hargrave

Jim Reynolds

Kevin Whitman

Steve Baker

John Moss

Jerry Povse

Judy Walters

Gordon Brooks

Eric Siegel

Erle Flad

Letty Ledbetter

Susan Muscarella

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/10/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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