Vision + Mission + Values
The Guelph Jazz Festival presents innovative jazz and creative improvised music and fosters alternative ways of seeing and hearing the world.
As one of Canada's most influential music festivals, the Guelph Jazz Festival is committed to providing opportunities for all people to be excited by and engaged in improvisational jazz and experimental music. To fulfill this mission, the Festival strives to commission, produce, and present unique performances reflecting the highest standards of excellence and diversity indicative of the world in which we live, and to make these performances accessible to the broadest possible audience through an annual festival and a year-round program that includes educational programs, concerts and special events.
We value our volunteers, their leadership qualities, their vision and the skills that contribute to achieving the Festival's goals.
We believe improvisational jazz and experimental music has power to build alternative visions of community and social cooperation.
We value the positive life-changing educational experiences that often occur outside regular curriculum. We view improvisational jazz as an essential aspect of education as it supports higher learning and equips children and teenagers and adults with skills of creative thinking, problem solving and communication: skills that are critical in today's workplace .
We believe cultural diversity and a diversity of opinion, expertise and experience is critical to building a vibrant and prosperous organization.
We value innovation both in the music we present and in how it is presented.
We believe that community giving supports excellence in arts education while meeting the needs of donors. We encourage legacy gifts and bequests to support jazz education in perpetuity.
We value and actively cultivate partnerships with community businesses and organizations to advance the mutual interest of building and supporting community.