CapTech Consulting and Wells Fargo volunteers delivered a technology plan refresh to JazzArts Charlotte. As a result, JazzArts Charlotte anticipates expanding their JazzArts Academy and increasing the number of concerts being held.
JazzArts Charlotte connects the cultural community and develops an audience for jazz through quality education, performance, and musician support. Since 2011, JazzArts Charlotte has reached 50,000 music students with 38% of those from low-income communities. They offer a wide range of programs and concerts in the Charlotte Mecklenburg area.
JazzArts has completed their technology plan refresh through G.A.I.N.—powered by Lowe’s, an Apparo program, also sponsored by EY. JazzArts partnered with volunteers from CapTech Consulting and a change agent from Wells Fargo to create a technology plan with the goal of prioritizing their technology needs and creating more operating efficiencies.
With the new technology plan in place, JazzArts expects to free 390 hours of staff time annually. With this time savings, Ron Baldwin, COO anticipates the organization will expand the JazzArts Academy. This academy offers a wide-range of musical programs designed to engage K-12 students of all ages, abilities, and interest. They will also be able to focus more on digital marketing to broaden their reach in the community. JazzArts will create a formal plan to ensure the recommendations provided by this technology plan are implemented. By doing this, JazzArts can focus on grant research while working toward their goal to increase individual giving by $20,000 and sponsorship giving by $30,000.
Ron Baldwin, JazzArts, COO shared, “This can’t be done without all the volunteers. We are really grateful for the work done for JazzArts.”
Project volunteers were Rachel Hurst, Abraham Post, and Tina Schurr of CapTech Consulting and individual volunteer, Stanley Ammondson. The Epic Change Agent was Jonathan Phillips of Wells Fargo. Together, with the Apparo team, they contributed 112 hours delivering a project value of $21,840.
Abraham Post, CapTech Consulting volunteer, shared his enthusiasm for his new-found love of Jazz, “I went to a JazzArts performance, and I thought it was so amazing. Just being able to help an organization intent on spreading a love for music to the community has been very rewarding. I have learned so much about jazz by being a part of this project. Having that be an impact of my work feels awesome!” Fellow volunteer, Tina Schurr shared, “I had a wonderful time. I had some exposure to jazz in high school, and it felt great to get back and do that again.”