About Jam for Jam
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What is Jam for Jamaica?
Founded by Wisconsin musician Craig Baumann in 2006, Jam for Jamaica, or Jam for Jam, is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to changing the lives of inner-island Jamaicans by improving their living conditions to ensure that they have a dry, safe place to sleep. To accomplish this mission, the Jam for Jam team organizes an annual, four-day music and camping festival aimed at raising funds to purchase building materials needed in Jamaica, and at celebrating the diversity inherent in music. All proceeds generated during the Jam for Jam Music and Camping Festival go toward the purchase of building materials that are used by Jam for Jam volunteers to build new structures and reinforce existing structures in Jamaica. Jam for Jam team members pay their own travel and expenses on this journey, thereby allowing all proceeds to directly benefit families in need.
When and where is the festival held?
Now in its seventh year, The Jam for Jam Music and Camping Festival will be held Thursday, May 12 – Sunday, May 15, 2016, at The Concord House in Sullivan, Wisconsin. Sullivan is located about halfway between Milwaukee and Madison, just off of I-94 — Click here for a map. Free, onsite camping (and free, stocked firewood) is available all weekend. About 2,500 people attended the event in 2015.
A weekend pass is available for $65 until April 1st, $75 until May 11th, or $85 at the gate. Tickets are on sale now online through www.jamforjam.org. Daily passes also will be available at the gate, but Jam for Jam encourages the purchase of pre-sale weekend passes. Camping and firewood are both provided free with weekend admission, on top of the 36 glorious musical acts over the four days, so it’s an amazing deal to say the least.
Who does Jam for Jam help?
A majority of Jamaicans live in poverty, many in small shacks constructed with branches, 2x4s, tin roofs, and various scrap materials. In its tenth mission trip, Jam for Jam managed to help more than 10 families with roof repairs, new structures, concrete, a community kitchen, a bathroom, clothing and much more.
Jam for Jamaica, Inc is a registered 501(c)(3) public charity. Operations in Jamaica & the ‘Jam for Jam Music and Camping Festival’ are both run by an all-volunteer board of directors. If you or your company would like to join us as a sponsor of Jam for Jamaica, please email us at JamForJamaica@Gmail.com.