Happy New Year 2011 Newsletter

We survived the recession! We have product! We have 133 members and our first member from CANADA - Dee Daniels plus two from Holland and one from Rome! We're on the move in the new decade and nothing can stop us now!

The crowning accomplishment of the first 3 years of our non-profit organization is the compilation CD featuring 10 beautiful compositions by 10 fabulous members of WOMEN IN JAZZ SOUTH FLORIDA, INC. I cannot thank these women enough for their contribution to this effort. Since we got the CDs on December 21, 2010, we've distributed 250 CDs! 

[SPECIAL NOTE: R.I.P. Donice Rufus]    WHO WE ARE   www.wijsf.com 

Since December 21, we distributed 250 CDs and more are going. To move the sales forward, we're offering members the opportunity to have membership fee waived ($50 beginning Jan 1, 2011), if you prove that 5 CDs were purchased by your friend. (Deadline: March 1, 2011)

To get membership FREE for one year, email Joan at divajc47@yahoo.com,

when your friend purchases or downloads our compilation CD.

The best way is to get a review from your friend and email it to Joan. When 5 of your friends have done this, your membership for 2011 is FREE. Purchase the cd for $16 at www.wijsf.com/JazzComp1.htm or download for $10 at www.cdbaby.com/womeninjazzsouthflorida

R.I.P. Donice Rufus

Dee Daniels #126 - 1st in Canada

Beverly Lewis (Italy)

Mimi Johnson #125

Updated January 25, 2011 [Fort Lauderdale, FL]

Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc. is in it's 4th year. In the past three years, we've impacted our community greatly by bringing music performances by women and men to seniors, students and the community-at-large, through grants from Broward County Cultural Division, Broward Schools, the Cities of Fort Lauderdale, Lauderhill and Miami Beach.

On January 23, we had our first CD listening party:

Our first compilation CD is available at www.wijsf.com/JazzComp1.htm  or for download at www.cdbaby.com/womeninjazzsouthflorida . Welcome to our new members:

  1. Mimi Johnson (GA)
  2. Dee Daniels (Canada)
  3. Jen Gordon (FL)
  4. Michele Sullivan (FL)
  5. Ronnie Crews (FL)
  6. Derin Young (FL)
  7. Saskia Laroo (Holland)
  8. Warren Byrd (Holland)
  9. Beverly Lewis (IT)

Warren Byrd and Saskia Laroo (Netherlands)

We have 132 members: 59 musicians, 5 students, 23 men. Thanks to our board members for all their support. Next Meeting: Friday, February 4, 2011 @ 6 p.m.


Besides increasing our membership of musicians and supporters, we will continue to submit grant applications for performance funding. In January, we will present COMMUNITY MUSICWOMEN at four senior centers in Miami Beach, through a grant from Miami Beach Gala Grants.

Then, our goals is to raise funds for our touring by selling CDs online and at our LISTENING PARTIES. The first one is on Sunday, January 23, 2011, at SweetFace HighFashion Boutique in Tamarac, Florida. Bring some friends and buy some CDs!

Next, we are creating an atmosphere where people can enjoy good music and company at the MUSIC LOVER'S STUDIO in Lauderhill. The first one is on February 12, 2011.

We'll embark upon a EuroTour for Peace in June-July 2011. We're offering a great opportunity to one or more corporate sponsors, who are looking for visibility in Europe for their business. We will take a banner with us with our logo and the logo(s) of one or more sponsors who provide us with a tax-deductible contribution of $50k-$100,000 for travel expense funding.


Every time we are on stage, radio, television or reviewed in a newspaper, our sponsor(s) will be mentioned and the banner will be displayed. A corporation could not purchase international advertisement of this grandeur for less than the sponsorship we are seeking.

The return on this investment cannot be determined, since the publicity needs of corporations interested in underwriting this venture are not known at this time. However, this should be considered a huge opportunity for any corporation looking to get their branding into international business circles.

EUROTOUR FOR PEACE June 23-July 23, 2011:

  1. Rome, Italy with a delegation of municipal officers from the City of Lauderhill that is twinning with Fiuggi, Italy.
  2. Montreux, Switzerland, where we will visit the Montreux Music Festival
  3. Copenhagen, Denmark
  4. Stockholm, Sweden
  5. Cardiff, Wales
  6. Belfast, Ireland

Our goal is to perform original music in each of these cities with the expectation of being paid for each concert in order to build up our touring fund for future tours.

Please let us know if there are any investors interested in supporting women's music on this international tour. The artists slated to travel with us are on our MISSION page.

We look forward to identifying the corporations that will take advantage of this great opportunity to expose their products and/or services to the international community through this sponsorship of our EuroTour for Peace 2011.

If you or any of your colleagues need more information, don't hesitate to contact me. Next Meeting: Friday, January 7, 2011 @ 6 p.m. at our office.

Thank you,

"Keep your dream close to your heart!" ~ Diva JC


Joan Cartwright, Executive Director
Women in Jazz South Florida, Inc.
1711 NW 38th Avenue, Lauderhill, FL 33311