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Jazz Aspen Snowmass Plans for a Permanent Home in the Aspen Core “The JAS Center”

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Jazz Aspen Snowmass Plans for a
Permanent Home in the Aspen Core “The JAS Center”

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Aspen, CO, March 16, 2018 - Jazz Aspen Snowmass (JAS) announced today that they are under contract to purchase the Wheeler Square Building in Aspen’s core, (directly across from the Wheeler Opera House) to establish a permanent home for its rapidly growing JAS Café performance and JAS In-School music education programs, as well as offering a home for special events and other Not for Profit organization usage. The new multi-use space will combine the current Billiards Room, Cigar Bar & Eric’s Bar into an expanded JAS Café and Learning Center, with a seating capacity of up to 175 persons.  JAS is in discussions with potential partners for re-imaging both Su Casa and the former HUB space.

“Establishing a permanent home for JAS in Aspen’s core has been a dream for years and more recently, a central objective of our Strategic Plan,” stated JAS President/CEO, Jim Horowitz. “Additionally, this reimagined space will add a unique civic asset to Aspen’s core, with its intimate spaces and location across from the famed Wheeler Opera House. The addition of the JAS Center would create a mini Arts & Education district on Hyman Avenue, anchored by the Aspen Art Museum on one end and the Wheeler/JAS Center on the other.”

“The need to increase vitality in Aspen and the Core has been a drumbeat from the community for years, as commercial spaces have often converted to higher rent retail usage, and new vacancies,” continues Horowitz. “The JAS Center is a one of a kind opportunity to create a lasting, versatile hub of activity that will only further burnish Aspen’s reputation for the variety and quality of its off-mountain activities and its unparalleled reputation for world-class Arts.”

JAS envisions the extensive use of the facility for its multiple purposes. “A game changer for our Music Education programs,” states Horowitz, “JAS will be able for the first time to offer students and teachers a consistent year-round space for rehearsal, practice, and study, in the same room where world-class Artists and Grammy winners perform annually.” JAS has donated over $7 Million to its music education programs since 1996. 

JAS will expand the number of performances during the JAS Café winter/summer seasons with the addition of more weekend nights and holidays, and incorporate flexibility for artists’ schedules, which JAS currently lacks without a permanent home. During the Fall and Spring, JAS envisions the space being used for music education programming.  Due to its flexible seating configuration and permanent stage, sound and lights, JAS would also extend the use of the Center to other Not for Profit Organizations for collaborations or their own use.  JAS intends to maintain and expand upon the historic usage of the current Eric’s space as a gathering place for young adults with thematic soundtracks and DJ’s.

The property purchase and its renovation are projected to cost $15 Million. JAS is initiating the “Keep the Music Playing” campaign immediately, with the hope of ultimately securing the $15 Million and an additional $10 Million to establish a JAS Endowment for a total target Capital Campaign goal of $25 Million over five years. With a closing date at the end of May, JAS must secure significant pledges towards their goal over the next 60 days to move forward with the building purchase. “This space is so uniquely suited as a JAS and community asset in a great location, and we felt we had to take advantage by bringing the project to our constituents and the community at large. Although we are working on a short time frame, we couldn’t let the opportunity pass by.”

During the due diligence period, should all the necessary inspections come back favorably and JAS is granted approval permits for its design and usage from the City of Aspen Planning Department; plus, secure the pledges needed to move forward with the purchase, the JAS Center would be projected to open to the public in late 2019.   

 

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JAS Press Contacts:

 

Jim Horowitz (970) 920-4996 or [email protected]

 

Andrea Beard (970) 920-4996 or [email protected]

4th of July Parade Waiver

IMPORTANT PARADE INFORMATION

PARADE STARTING/STAGING: The parade will begin at 11:00am. Parade positioning is “first come, first serve” and line up begins no earlier than 10:00am. There is no entry fee and the parade is open to the public. All 5 lanes of Main Street, from Aspen Street to 2nd Street, will be closed to all traffic & designated for parade staging only. Power is not provided in staging area and remember generators do need gas.

PARADE ROUTE: The parade will start East on Main Street. It will turn South onto Hunter Street, then West onto Cooper Avenue. The parade will continue West on Cooper Avenue to Galena Street. At Galena it heads North for 2 blocks before turning West onto Hopkins Avenue. The parade will continue South on Mill then West on Hyman Avenue. Parade participants will be directed to disperse at Hyman and Monarch Street.  PARADE JUDGING: Parade judging will take place in front of the Hotel Jerome. Participants will be limited to 1 minute or less for any performances in front of the judges. Security will be onsite monitoring all entries to help prevent gaps in the parade route. Recognition will be awarded to the best entries in the following categories: 

Most Patriotic | Most Humorous | Best Animal | Best Music | Most Outrageous | Best Children’s  

PARADE REMINDERS:  

  • Consumption of alcohol is prohibited during the parade.
  • Candy, favors, etc. should not be thrown from your float/vehicle during the parade. This is for the safety of the spectators and to prevent children from running out into the street. 
  • Water balloons will not be permitted. According to city ordinances, those caught throwing balloons will be removed from the parade and could face citations and/or arrests. 
  • All parade entries must be in “good taste” and will be allowed in the parade per the director’s discretion. 
  • Maximum height restriction for any float entry is 13’5”.

 

The undersigned organization has elected to participate in the Fourth of July parade sponsored by the City of Aspen and Aspen Chamber Resort

Association (“ACRA”). In consideration for City of Aspen and ACRA allowing the undersigned to participate in the festivities, the undersigned has read, understood, and willingly agreed to the terms of this INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT (collectively referred to herein as “RELEASE”).

INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT

                                    Participants are required to carry insurance adequate to cover any liability for damage, injury, economic loss, or other

liability that may be incurred by individuals and/or organizations during the Fourth of July parade. All participants agree to carry such insurance, and also agree not to submit any claim against the insurance of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, or anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade.

WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT

                                         The undersigned understands the potential dangers that could be encountered in participating in the Fourth of July

parade. The dangers include, among other things, dangers relating to vehicular and pedestrian traffic; crowds of persons in close proximity to such traffic; animals that may react unpredictably in a parade environment; celebration and recreational activities; loud and unexpected noise; items that may be thrown to and from the crowd in connection with the parade; and other dangers traditionally associated with parades.

      Understanding those risks, the undersigned for itself and for all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade with the undersigned, does hereby agree to indemnify, hold harmless, and release City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their

officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade from any and all

liability, claims, demands, actions, or rights of action (including attorneys’ fees and costs) that are related to or are in any way connected with the

undersigned’s participation in the parade. By signing this RELEASE, the undersigned intends to extinguish any and all liability and to indemnify against any loss on the part of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade for any injury or damage of any nature (without regard to negligence or fault) to the undersigned and to all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

                                      The undersigned warrants and represents that it will not invite or allow any person to participate in the parade unless

such person is bound to the terms of this RELEASE. To that end, the undersigned agrees that it shall take any steps necessary to secure agreement of such persons to the terms of this RELEASE, and that it shall be deemed a responsible person within the meaning of C.R.S. § 13-22-107 and § 19-1103(94) for all children who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION

   I am the official representative of the undersigned organization. On behalf of the organization, I acknowledge our responsibilities as set forth above. I also accept on behalf of the organization all of the terms and conditions of this

INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT.

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