The mission of Montavilla Jazz is to support and strengthen local music culture and enrich our community by showcasing the best of Portland jazz.
Bottom Line for Portland
A proud, first-time participant in the Give!Guide, Montavilla Jazz enriches local culture by showcasing original music made right here in Portland. With an annual festival, brand new film series, education program, and performances throughout the year, Montavilla Jazz engages an inclusive cross-section of musicians, collaborative artists, students, music lovers, neighbors, and businesses. Funding helps Montavilla Jazz promote forward-thinking artistry and offer platforms for risk-taking, experimentation, and the creation of new works, adding to the diversity and strength of our community.
“Montavilla [Jazz] is doing so much for the music right now, really cultivating that community-driven aspect… there’s so many crushing musicians in Portland and they should have more opportunities to play - it’s not a problem of having people to come hear the music - it’s a problem of having a place for them to go do it.” - Charlie Porter on NPR’s Jazz Night in America.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Jazz is America’s indigenous art form born out of the African American experience. We believe that jazz is relevant to the lives of all people as a community-building force for education and social justice. In all areas of our work, Montavilla Jazz seeks to: include the people who reflect the community we serve; highlight members of our artist community who are less visible because of their race, gender, or other factors; provide opportunities for underserved members of our community to participate in the planning and operations of events; and recruit and hire individuals who come from groups who have been historically marginalized.
All donors receive an exclusive audio track, recorded live at the 2021 Montavilla Jazz Festival!
The first 100 donors receive a BOGO (buy one, get one free) coupon for a tasting flight at Vino Veritas Wine Bar & Bottle Shop - must be 21 or older to redeem.
On each Big Give Day, Montavilla Jazz will run a contest and offer multiple winners gift certificates ($25 - $100) to local restaurants, including but not limited to The 1905, East Glisan Pizza Lounge, Threshold Brewing & Blending, Bipartisan Cafe, Redwood, Ya Hala, and more! For the specific list of prizes visit montavillajazz.org.
Vino Veritas Wine Bar & Bottle Shop - promoting the Give!Guide campaign, offering donation incentives, and contributing a portion of sales on 12/19.