The Jazz Workshop relies on support from individuals, companies, foundations, and government. Income from tuition and admission fees covers only the bare essentials. Generous support from our community fills in the gaps and supports the mission of providing world class jazz education and performance in Nashville.

Below is a listing of donors, current through December 31, 2018. Thanks to our many donors for supporting jazz in Music City!

(For a description of Donor Society membership levels and benefits, click here)



Metro Arts Commission
Tennessee Arts Commission
David and Karen Conrad
Anonymous Donor

COMBO: TOTAL GIFTS OF $5,000–$9,999

The Caterpillar Foundation
Matthew Cushing*
Jeff Ockerman*
Steinway Piano Gallery of Nashville
Zander Insurance Agency


Burton Avenue Music
The Caterpillar Foundation
The Scott C. Chambers Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
The Franca Family
Adam J. Liff
Van Heusen Music Corporation
The Washington Foundation

TRIO: TOTAL GIFTS OF $1,000–$2,499

Beegie Adair
Anonymous Donation In Memory of Billy Adair
Wilton J. Aebersold,
Dr. Sarah Aylor
Bill & Kim Bundy*
Mark Chambers
Don Crichton
Gus Duffy
Rosana Eisenberg
Tom & Maria Fouce*
Pete & Debbie Gage
Graham & Adriana Gerdeman*
Andrea Lambert
Lori Mechem & Roger Spencer
Bill & April Mullins
Peter & Anne Neff
Cindy & John Oliva*
Ernie Reynolds*
Ken Roberts, Jr.*
Joe Rutledge in honor of Jack and Rosemary Rutledge
Drs. Ann Evers and Gary J. Smith
Dr. Stephanie Spottswood
Bill Stevenson
James & Katherine Stewart
Kim Strifert & David Sweatt*
Lisa Taylor, in memory of Nancy Hillin
Anonymous Donation


Marc Adesso
Alan Bachrach
John Benitez*
Richard Bryan
Hedy Weinberg and Dan Cornfield
Susan Edwards
Dr. Frank Fish
Rafael Hernandez, in honor of all jazz musicians
Robert and Tricia Hiers
Historic Germantown
Anne Marie Kempf and David T. Francis*
Anonymous Donation
Pinnacle Financial Partners
Premier Building Maintenance
Tom and Donna Priesmeyer
Micki and Michelle Slingerland
Vanderbilt University
Trey and Gerald Webber



Elyse Adler
John Birdsong
Teresa Blackburn
Philip Bolger
Chuck Chellman
Deborah and Walter Clair*
Kevin Dieterich in honor of Dorian Woodruff
Wayne Dowell
Robert Early
Gail Greil
Robin Haney*
Charlene Harb in memory of Barry McDonald
Ralph Henley
Sally and Tony Hoffman*
Mary Grey James
Liz Johnson in memory of Nancy Hillin
Lauren and Seth Karp
Patsy Kirby
Estee Lauder Companies
John and Robin Leal*
Kyle Lehning
Anonymous Donation
Larry and Nancy Mechem*
Michael Nunan*
Griffin Photoglou*
Jeff Steinberg and Margaret Rose
Luke and Susan Simons
Bob Dudley Smith in honor of Jeff Alfiero
Denis Solee
Lisa Somar in honor of Dorian Woodruff
Stephanie Spottswood
Elsa & Kurt Swauger*
Donna and Joe Venardi
Harrison and Noelle Warner
Greg and Paula Weaver
Craig Womack


John V. Abbott
Benjamin Adams
David Andersen
David Angell
Sue Bartruff
Eileen Beehan and Bill Sinclair
Anthony Belfiglio
Richard Bennett
Linda Bird*
Lattie Brown
Tyler Bullock Sr.
Renee Butler
Kathleen Camp
Jacquelyn Campbell
Berdelle Campbell
David Cannon
Mickee Carter
Anne Clayton*
Ernie Collins*
Victor Cook*
Kenneth Kraft and Lucilyn Crow
Kevin Crumbo
Allison Cutler
Larry Cypress in honor of Mr. Randy Weston on his 92nd Birthday
Tom Davidson
Mel Deal
Darryl and Jennifer Deaton
Gail and Don Dickerson
Mike Dobrin
Shani Dowell
Sandra Duncan
Dr. John and Bobbie Duke
Greg and Kay Elam
Morel Enoch
Doris Farley
Dr. Peter Farmer
Randy Farrar
Joy Fauntleroy
Sharon Ferrara
Midge Folger
Carol Formosa
Patti Freeman
Bob and Martha Gerdeman
Em Ghianni
Harris Gilbert
Rob and Ann Gordon
Shonda Grant
Robert Greenwood
Grissim Group Consulting
Kent Gunderson
Frank and Liana Harrell
Don O. and Kathy-Boudreau Henry
Jose and Elsa Hernandez
Jeff Hersk
Melissa Johnson
Shirley and George Johnston
Thomas Kern
Chris Klein
Scott Knowles
Peter Locken
Mauro and Kate Mastrapasqua
John McDonald
Norm and Debbie Miede
Anonymous Donation
Chris and Melanie Moran
Gregory and Karen Mueller
Marla Orsagh Murphy*
Sam Nugent and Todd Stutts
Ron O’Nan
Brian Parker*
Traci Pekovitch*
Terry Price
Lee Ann Ruderer
David Rueff *
Kevin Sanders
Rebecca Sayre
Richard Schneider
Louise Barnes and Larry Seeman
Tracy & Kathy Shaw
Jay Slobey
Margaret Smith*
Judi and Paul Smith*
Joyce Sohl
Geoff Stradling
Al and Lynn Spaw
Gary Spicer
Gerry Stone
Lawrence Stone
Clara Summar
Dona Tapp
George Tiller
Candace Tillquist
Traci Todd
John Trauscht
Kim and Sam Uselton
Bill Velez
Karen Weeks
Cathy Werthan
Harry Williams
Gary and Catherine Wilson
Mary Young


Ellen Armour
Marilyn Besasie
LC Bratten
Deborah Buchanan
Robert Burns
Tina Caldwell
Jamie Citerin in memory of Lloyd Kelley
Gary Cobb
Kerry Dunn
Michele Earl
Jane Ebihara
Roberta Elliott
Sue Erman
Ashley Ernst
Eskind Family Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
Mariwyn Evans
Doris and Jerry Fawcett
Mark Francisco
Joe Freel
Patti Freeman
Delek Fund of the Community
Foundation of Middle Tennessee
Graham Fuze
Krassimina Garbett
Jay Geller
Bonnie Giffone
Don and Melissa Gouthro
Joe and Audrey Gramelspacher
Emily Hauber
Carolyn Havens
Karen Hayes
Delores Johnson
Joseph Jones
Dr. Howard and Carol Kirshner
Amy Kurland
Marla Lepore
Bill Levine
Natalie Liff
Jonathan Liff
Gary Lutz
Kevin Madill
Karen Maile
Kristie McCarthy
Charlie and Pat McCoy
Jonathan McSayles
Carroll Miller
Larry and Chris Murov
Robertson Nash
Matthew Noggle
Volker Oberacker
Rob Ogilvie
Judy and Jay Orr
Bettye Otey
Lois Pancio
Onetia Pierson
Lynne Robinson
Ted and Ellie Runge
Sophronia Sanders
Nicola Stanley
Clare Sullivan
Barry and Holly Tashian
Bob Teague
Harold Thompson
Pamela Trent
Dan Tyler
Lynn Walker
Stacy Widelitz
Marci Wilson-Boggs
Cindi Woods
David Wright
Anonymous Donations

* Donations to Stephen McRedmond Young Artist Program Fund


The Crown Castle Family
Deepest sympathies, your Ravens Glen Family
The Ernst Family
The Recording Academy
Cindi Woods
Anonymous, in memory of Mary Ellen Aurelius