$20,000 Raised During Virtual Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival

   September 9th, 2020             Client News

J.U.M.P.’s 20th Anniversary Event Honored Black Music Month in Support of Nashville Businesses Impacted by Tornados

Nashville, Tenn., (June 22, 2020) – The historic 20th anniversary of Nashville’s Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival was celebrated online this weekend, raising more than $20,000 in donations from individuals and sponsors to support the Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership (J.U.M.P.) and businesses along the Jefferson Street corridor devastated by tornado damage earlier this year.

For the first time in its 20-year history, the event was broadcast free online via Facebook Live. The annual festival was converted to a virtual celebration in response to health and safety guidelines related to the spread of COVID-19. The event featured live music performances honoring the impact of diverse music history in Music City and celebrating Black Music Month. Local jazz musician and saxophonist Joe Johnson kicked off the event with a performance. Upbeat R&B band Bizz & Everyday People also performed live.

The concert also featured interviews with past festival participants and industry leaders. Hosted by Sharon W. Hurt, Nashville councilmember and president and CEO of J.U.M.P, the interviews included Nashville Convention & Visitor Center’s Butch Spyridon, Lovenoise’s Eric Holt, famed performer Jimmy Church, singer Kim Porter and Nashville Jazz Workshop’s Lori Meacham.

“Many businesses along the Jefferson Street corridor are still trying to determine next steps and how to recover from the tornado,” said Hurt. “Economic disparities, coupled with COVID-19, has impacted so many, with several businesses trying to decide whether to re-open or not. Mary’s Barbecue and Sliver Sands sustained roof damage, Fifteenth Avenue Baptist Church had extensive damage and of course Music City Cleaners, The Lab, J.U.M.P., and StreetWorks no longer have access to what are now our former offices.”

During the live event, viewers could donate to support J.U.M.P., whose office was condemned after the March 3 tornado, as well as other businesses on Jefferson Street affected by the devastating weather earlier this year. More than $20,000 in donations and sponsorships was raised.

Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, the Jefferson Street Jazz & Blues Festival showcases the rich music history of Nashville’s Jefferson Street. The two-day event brings community members together to experience blues, jazz, R&B and hip-hop performances, genres with deep roots in the history of Music City. For more information visit, or visit JJBF on Facebook @JeffersonStreetJazzandBluesFestival

Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership

The Jefferson Street United Merchants Partnership (JUMP) is a non-profit organization with the mission to develop, foster and promote cooperative economic development through revitalization, acquisition, education and public safety programs in North Nashville. More than 200 individuals and organizations make up JUMP’s active membership under the common goal of keeping Jefferson Street alive and thriving. For more information visit visit J.U.M.P. on Facebook @JUMPNashville.