Golden Gate Jazz Collective (GGJC) is a San Francisco-Bay Area association of producers, presenters and supporting organisations who specialise in creative music, contemporary jazz and improvised music created from a distinctly European perspective.
GGJC exists to support the identity and diversity of jazz in the San Francisco-Bay Area and broaden awareness of this vital area of music as a cultural and educational force.
GGJC's mission is to encourage, promote and support the development of the creative music sector in the Bay Area and to create opportunities for artists, organisers and audiences from the different countries to meet and communicate.
GGJC believes that creative music contributes to social and emotional growth and economic prosperity. It is an invaluable channel for the process of inter-cultural dialogue, communication and collaboration. And music is a positive force for harmony and understanding between people from the diversity of cultures inherent in the Bay Area family.
Golden Gate Jazz Collective aims to:
Develop the association as a San Francisco-Bay Area network of producers of live music.
Encourage musical culture in general and jazz and improvised music in particular, and enable these musics to reach the widest possible public.
Initiate and encourage the development of county exchanges, special projects and collaborations, between producers and artists both within and outside the nine bay area counties.
Encourage its members to programme San Francisco-Bay Area artists and their work.
Members join Golden Gate Jazz Collective to:
Co-operate with the other members.
Collect and share information with other members and the wider jazz community.
Establish models of good professional practice.
Exchange and develop musical programmes and artistic ideas with other members.
Invest and build resources for GGJC members and the wider jazz sector.
Advocate for jazz and cultural activity in San Francisco-Bay Area.
Take part in San Francisco-Bay Area programmes.
Support and encourage creativity.
GGJC members' activities include concert, tour and festival programming and production; commissioning and supporting new music; and a range of educational and audience development initiatives.
GGJC's work includes organising an annual San Francisco-Bay Area Conference / General Assembly and other networking meetings, pilot projects and rearch actions, advocacy across San Francisco-Bay Area, provision of information, fundraising and communication – through various media and the GGJC web portal.
GGJC and its work is organised by an unpaid Board of Directors elected by the membership, by members' working groups and by paid staff.