Chicago Jazz Town Hall

Boeing Foundation, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelly Foundation, and the Joyce Foundation
Stakeholder Summit
Chicago, IL
August 2009
Approximately 100


The Chicago Jazz Town Hall was an initiative of the Chicago Jazz Partnership. The Town Hall brought together jazz musicians and other members of the Chicago jazz community to discuss their vision and priorities for the future of Chicago jazz.

AmericaSpeaks’ 21st Century Summit provided an opportunity for participants to reach the following objectives:
  • Bring individuals and organizations that represent the diversity of the Chicago jazz community together for dialogue and bridge building.
  • Better understand the different elements of today’s jazz community and develop individual and collective visions for the future of Chicago jazz
  • Identify  the opportunities and challenges facing members of the jazz community
  • Begin to identify a roadmap for how individuals and organizations can work together at making jazz stronger in Chicago
  • Identify what resources, in addition to dollars, are needed to support a stronger jazz community.

Almost 100 musicians and other members of the community spent a full day deliberating. They worked together in small groups to discuss and develop ideas that would carry their community into the future. Using keypad polling and groupware computers, participants were able to identified room-wide themes and collective priorities. By the end of the day participants identified a collective vision for the future of Chicago jazz and had developed a prioritized set of actions for moving forward.

Over half the participants committed to working together on the actions they established and staying in contact with each other.  At the conclusion of the Town Hall, over 20 people participated in meet ups with others that were interested in working together on actions to move forward.

The Chicago Jazz Town Hall also had support from the Boeing Company, the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, and the Joyce Foundation.