Richmond Jazz Society Incorporated
P.O. Box 25723
Richmond VA 23260-5723
Mission Statement To educate the public regarding the historical development and significance of this unique cultural music called Jazz; to preserve its rich history; to be a valuable resource/referral and support center for Jazz in the Commonwealth of Virginia; and, to promote the advancement of Jazz as a true American art form via such activities as performances, lectures, exhibits, workshops, technical assistance, media projects and publications.
CEO/Executive Director Ms. B. J. Brown
Board Chair Mr. Robert L. Payne Sr.
Board Chair Company Affiliation VITA - Commonwealth of Virginia - Retired
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 25723
Richmond, VA 232605723
Telephone 804 643-1972
Fax 804 643-1974
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1981
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $222,200.00
Projected Expenses $222,200.00
Mission To educate the public regarding the historical development and significance of this unique cultural music called Jazz; to preserve its rich history; to be a valuable resource/referral and support center for Jazz in the Commonwealth of Virginia; and, to promote the advancement of Jazz as a true American art form via such activities as performances, lectures, exhibits, workshops, technical assistance, media projects and publications.
Accomplishments (FY16/17)
  1. RJS produced a 2-act theatrical production in collaboration with the VA Repertory Theatre in celebration of Virginia native Ella Fitzgerald, recognizing the anniversary of her 100th birthday.
  2. RJS continued its collaboration with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts by programming weekly 3-hour performances for 52 consecutive weeks featuring over 200 of the finest jazz artists in the region.
  3. RJS presented 12 installments of its Guest Educators Concert Series which carried the theme "A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald".
Goals (FY17/18)
  1. Installation of our exhibit, Jazz In Virginia - The Early Years, at The Valentine. The exhibition will be on display Sep 1, 2017 through Apr 30, 2018.
  2. Provide more opportunities for underserved audiences to experience Jazz on a first-hand basis.
  3. Maintain our long-running Guest Educators Concert Series by featuring nationally recognized Jazz artists and Virginia Jazz artists receiving national acclaim.


RJS is in need of more corporate and foundation funding to support our outreach programs and our monthly performance series.  With proper funding, our outreach programs can be provided to area daycare and senior facilities at little to no cost.  A contribution of $500 enables RJS to send an ensemble to a youth or senior facility for a one-hour interactive performance.  A minimum contribution of $5,000 provides the needed funding for RJS to present a quality program as part of our Guest Educators performance series.
RJS was formed in the fall of 1979 by nine individuals who felt that there was a need in Central Virginia for a jazz support group capable of raising the level of appreciation for an American art form that at the time was under served and rarely presented in venues where all could enjoy. RJS received its 501(c)(3) designation from the IRS in 1981. Since its founding RJS has presented numerous concerts, exhibits, educational programs for all ages, provided reference and intellectual input for a variety of studies, collaborated with many organizations, and amassed a major collection of jazz memorabilia much of which is unique to Richmond's jazz history.
RJS is governed by a board of directors who are responsible for all aspects of the organization. In addition, RJS has an Executive Director who is responsible for its day-to-day activities. RJS receives much of its support from individual donors, local and state granting agencies. Additional revenue is received by way of concert ticket sales and booking fees collected through artist referrals.
CEO Statement
My vision for RJS is to provide a clearing house for all things Jazz-related in Central Virginia. This includes but is not limited to the creation of an environment where Jazz is celebrated and respected by all, publishing books and producing digital documentation highlighting the people and places important to the development of Virginia’s Jazz history, and creating an environment where Jazz can be preserved, studied and enjoyed. 
Board Chair Statement
Our biggest challenge is and has always been our ability to raise funds in the corporate and foundation arenas.  As a small non-profit, RJS does not have a dedicated development officer.  We do, however, have an active Board of Directors who work very hard to raise funds for our programs.
Areas of Service
Areas Served
RJS operates basically in Richmond's diverse, metropolitan area, and surrounding counties. Generally, residents within a 50-mile radius of Richmond attend RJS activities and events. Because of the nature of Jazz music, our target community includes nearly every demographic, from day-care and elementary school aged children to college students, professionals, and, Senior citizens.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Robert L. Payne Sr.
Company Affiliation VITA - Commonwealth of Virginia - Retired
Term June 2017 to May 2019
Board of Directors
Board Members
Ms. B. J. Brown Owner, Eulipion Marketing & Management
Mr. Thomas Cannon Jr.Inspector, City of Richmond (VA)
Ms. Joyce DeBerry Self Employed
Dr. Darryl Harper Virginia Commonwealth University
Ms. Greta J. Harris Better Housing Coalition
Dr. Yvonne Knight Dermatologist
Mr. Nelson R. Lawson Retired
Mr. William S. Lowe Pepco
Mr. Robert L. Payne Sr.Retired, Senior IT Specialist, COVA
Ms. LaShawn U. Payne-Robertson IT Systems Engineer, Bank of America
Ms. Desiree L. Roots Centeio Self Employed
Mr. Brooks M. Smith Troutman Sanders
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 10
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 6
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 75
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Program / Program Planning
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Advisory Board Members
Mr. James "Plunky" Branch Musician / Educator
Mr. William S. Cooper Jr.Federal Reserve Bank
Mr. Roi L. Ewell Anheuser-Busch
Ms. S. Marquette Folley Smithsonian Institute
Dr. Carmen Foster Community Volunteer
Ms. Dorthaan Kirk WBGO, Newark NJ
Mr. Douglas J. Richards Music Faculty, VCU
Mr. Lonnie Liston Smith Musician
Our biggest challenge is raising funds without the aid of a dedicated development director.  Our Board does its best to fill the void.
Executive Director
Executive Director Ms. B. J. Brown
Ms. B. J. Brown is a founding member of RJS who worked as an unpaid volunteer ED from 1979 through 1983 and as part-time paid ED since 1984.
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 20
Contractors 1
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted Feb 2014
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
The Valentine
Virginia Rep 
VA Museum of Fine Arts
St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Virginia Commonwealth University
Virginia State University
Governors Award for the ArtsCommonwealth of Virginia2008
House Joint Resolution No. 5243 Commending RJSCOVA General Assembly2015
The RJS "Make Music With Me" Band has been delighting young audiences with its unique blend of Jazz and children's classics since 1985.  The band features professional Jazz musicians, in a lively and interactive format that can be tailored to any age group, and the needs of any facility.  The youngsters are given the opportunity to make music with the band through the use of hand-held percussion instruments, and songs featuring audience participation.
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Budget $500.00
Long Term Success
This program is part of the core offering of RJS. We will always provide Jazz educational programs for the youth in our community.
The RJS "Bright Moments Jazz Band" is one of the cornerstones of our Education and Outreach program.  Performances feature some of the most talented Jazz musicians in Central Virginia in a lively interactive format.  Program options include instrument demonstrations, concerts, or cararets.  Audience members are encouraged to participate at a comfortable level in upbeat versions of Jazz standards from all eras.
Population Served Elderly and/or Disabled
Budget $500.00
Long Term Success
RJS will continue to provide this outreach service to senior audiences. Activity Directors applaud our effort to bring Jazz music to their facilities for the benefit of their residents.
Initiated in 1980, the Guest Educators Series provides audiences with top quality Jazz performances and presentations.  These events attract local, regional and national artists and educators in a casual "informance" format.  The wide range of artists and styles spotlight the many facets of Jazz, and how this unique American music is created.  Our events are presented in the fully accessible facility of Capital Ale House's Downtown Music Hall.
Population Served General/Unspecified
Budget $3,500.00
Short Term Success
Audience feedback has indicated that their is a need for this program.
Long Term Success
This program has proven to be successful by its longevity.
Description An exhibition highlighting six decades of Virginia artists and their contributions to the development of Jazz as an American art form from the early 1900's to the mid 60's. The exhibition will be on display at The Valentine from September 2017 until April 2018.
Population Served General/Unspecified
Budget $100,000.00
CEO/ED/Board Comments
Our biggest challenge is getting the word out to corporate and foundation leaders of our "mission" work with regards to the senior and youth populations.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $222,200.00
Projected Expenses $222,200.00
Spending Policy N/A
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$58,224$47,134$45,389
Investment Income, Net of Losses($408)$530$1,487
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind----$11,364
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$80,630$95,982$93,351
Administration Expense$19,293$18,998$16,721
Fundraising Expense$14,445$11,037$9,253
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.140.931.04
Program Expense/Total Expenses71%76%78%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue18%18%16%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$52,774$37,147$46,159
Current Assets$49,886$36,180$44,907
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$0----
Total Net Assets$52,774$37,147$46,159
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit 10/2017View
Organization Comments
Individual support to RJS continues to rise each year. This has served to offset the low financial support RJS receives from area corporations and foundations.
Foundation Comments
  • Form 990 and financial statements prepared by Kirby & Associates, PC
  • Financial information provided by Form 990 with supplemental information from the financial statements