We have 142 members: 63 musicians
7 students, 26 men. Welcome our newest members: Brenda J. Harley, Rory Ranucci, Yvette Norwood-Tiger, Harry Robinson and our 4th Honorary Member - Tracy Fields of WLRN 91.3 FM in Miami.

Thanks to our board members for their continued support.

Refer your friends for membership? Simply suggest that they support women musicians!

NEWSLETTERS 2011

We'll miss Mzuri who is on her way back to NYC to live. All the best to you and do not forget your friends here in South Florida. Her "bon voyage" party is at Ginger Bay, Hollywood, on Sunday, May 1 @ 6 p.m. Join us!

TORNADOS!!!

We send light and love to the 200+ victims of tornados in Missouri, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and Tennessee. We continue to send blessings to the victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

My heart goes out to the family and friends of Angella Harvey who brought Diva JC to Kingston, Jamaica in 2010 to perform for the United States Embassy's Blues on the Green Concert. Angella passed away on April 7 and will truly be missed.

www.thegirlsintheband.com 

AMAZING MUSICWOMEN PROGRAM

JAZZWOMEN DIRECTORY

Vendors - May 14

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NEWSLETTERS 2011

Congratulations to our 50 VIP TICKET holders. Get $35 advanced tickets for our fundraiser! Tickets will be $45 at the door.

Tickets for May 14, 2011

  • ATTENTION ALL MUSICIANS!!!

  • GOT HEALTH INSURANCE?

  • GOT A PENSION?

Melody Cole says, "Join the American Federation of Musicians and start your retirement account, today! In only five years you will be vested in a fund that pays out the highest return in the land." Read these pages from the Musician's Union Handbook

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Need more info? Email Melody

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May is Mental Health Month

Music is the mastery of mind! ~ Diva JC 

Sure, lots of musicians appear to be out of their minds but it is music that calms the beast. It's music that we need at the end of a stressful day. And music certainly does make for a pleasant, romantic evening with the one you love. So, it is music that lays the foundation for great mental health. My suggestion is to play music for your babies and grand babies to keep them feeling all warm and fuzzy inside, while you go about your daily chores. Mothers that play music for their children can usually attest to the fact that their children are happy.

JAZZ FOR PEACE CONCERT - MAY 14

Meet us at May 1 @ 10:30 a.m. in front of the Main Gazebo at SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch at Riverwalk to promote our  fundraiser Jazz For Peace on May 14 @ ArtServe, Fort Lauderdale.

Mimi Johnson performs in Atlanta

Jus' Cynthia Bangkok

M E D I A   B L I T Z

Congratulations to Heidi Richards who is now an adjunct professor in social media! The Spring edition of her online magazine features our 10 fabulous female composers and the article is just beautiful.  It includes Amy Barbera, one of our members, also. 

UPCOMING RADIO INTERVIEWS 

WED., MAY 11 @ 10:30 P.M.

Tracy Fields will interview Rick DellaRatta about the May 14 Jazz For Peace Benefit Concert also featuring WIJSF composers

FRIDAY, MAY 13 @ 12:30 P.M.


Ed Bell will interview Joan Cartwright about the May 14 Jazz For Peace Benefit Concert with Rick DellaRatta and WIJSF composers

Big "THANK YOU" to Big Chef, a food preparation company that has agreed to distribute our CDs complimentary to their clients. This opportunity raises $400 for our organization plus gets 500 more CDs out into the world with our music! If you know of any businesses that may be interested in doing this, please have them contact me at info@wijsf.org. They get a deep discount on orders of 500 or more with their company's name imprinted on the CD and cover, stating, "Compliments of ABC Company".

GOOD NEWS FOR WOMEN IN JAZZ!

THE AMERICAN FEDERATION OF MUSICIANS - PENSION PLAN

It 's our joy to share the gift of music with others. However, we may overlook the need to care for ourselves or feel inadequate in this activity because we donít have ďregularĒ jobs. Maybe we have no idea where to begin. What Iím referring to is a pension for our retirement years. Few musicians have a 401K package and that is even unreliable, in todayís financial environment.

The American Federation of Musicians offers an opportunity with a retirement and pension package that is in the top 1% in the country. With contributions of up to 15% of their earnings, musicians get vested in only five (5) years!

Learn about the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) - Local 655 online at www.afm655.com and explore this great opportunity. Women live longer and we must prepare for our later years, in a deliberate manner.

I just reinstated my membership. A representative of Local AFM 655 will meet with us to share the benefits of membership. Letís take advantage this, now! Iím on the 5-year plan! ~ Melody Cole - 954-829-6009 - melocole1@aol.com

South Florida Musicians Association - Local 655
American Federation of Musicians
404 SE 15 Street (Rear)
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Phone: 954-527-4458 in Broward or 888-655-gigs
Fax: 954-467-1011
Office: info@afm655.org
Executive Board: board@afm655.org
Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Friday by appointment

Our fundraiser on May 14, with Rick DellaRatta of Jazz For Peace will be held at ArtServe. The VIP list is full and regular- priced tickets are on sale for $35. We would like to have two shows. This depends on how many tickets are sold by April 30, at which time we'll decide to have one or two shows at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. WE NEED THE HELP OF ALL MEMBERS TO SELL TICKETS. The proceeds from our CD and ticket sales will go towards our tour.

We met again on May 1 at SunTrust Sunday Jazz Brunch at Riverwalk in Fort Lauderdale to distribute fliers for our May 14 Jazz For Peace Fundraiser. Congratulations to Priscilla Dames (hat) named one of 50 Most Influential Businesspeople in Miami-Dade.

Thanks to Marika Guyton of AboutU4U, Inc. for organizing our cruise.


WIJSF CRUISE November 11-14, 2011

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The Jazz Industry Came Together
Committed to Empowering Jazz!

South Florida Jazz Summit

I must congratulate Bobby Ramirez and James Chism on a wonderful South Florida Jazz Summit at ArtServe, April 16. The panelists were informative and the young musicians were extremely accomplished. We got a new member and were able to promote, promote, promote!

SATURDAY, MAY 14, 2011

VENDORS, ADS & TICKETS 

Fundraiser with Rick DellaRatta
to benefit WIJSF, INC.

PRESS RELEASE

Fundraiser with Rick DellaRatta
to benefit WIJSF, INC.

SATURDAY, MAY 14, 2011 @ 6 p.m.


1350 E. Sunrise Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL

Get your tickets, today.

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS

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Thanks to the City of Coral Springs Special Events Committee for our $500 grant to present AMAZING MUSICWOMEN at the Coral Springs Museum of Art on Thursday, May 26.

WHAT WE DO: [See HERSTORY and JAZZWOMEN DIRECTORY]

Besides increasing our membership of musicians and supporters, we continue to submit grant applications for performance funding. In January, we presented COMMUNITY MUSICWOMEN at four senior centers in Miami Beach, through a grant from Miami Beach Gala Grants.

EUROTOUR June, 2011

The Mayor of Fiuggi, Italy has invited a delegation of municipal officers and businesses from the City of Lauderhill to visit his City to discuss twinning. Time is of the essence to raise funds to purchase at least two airline tickets for WIJSF representatives.

We continue to work on raising funds for air fare and hotel for our EuroTour in June-July 2011. We're offering a great opportunity to one or more corporate underwriters, looking for visibility in Europe for their business. We will take a banner with us with our logo and the logos of our underwriters who provide us with a tax-deductible contribution of $10k-$100,000 for travel expense funding.

HOW UNDERWRITERS CAN BENEFIT:

Every time we are on stage, radio, television or reviewed in a newspaper, our underwriters will be mentioned and the banner will be displayed. A corporation could not purchase international advertisement of this grandeur for less than the sponsorship we are seeking.

The return on this investment cannot be determined, since the publicity needs of corporations interested in underwriting this venture are not known at this time. However, this should be considered a huge opportunity for any corporation looking to get their branding into international business circles.

Thank you,

"Keep your dream close to your heart!" ~ Diva JC

WIJSF CRUISE November 11-14, 2011

www.wijsf.org

Joan Cartwright, Executive Director
Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc.
2801 S. Oakland Forest Drive #103, Oakland Park, FL 33309
954-740-3398 | info@wijsf.org [Send email to subscribe]

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See Article on our 10 fabulous composers in WE Magazine.