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Bread & Jam

The community of professional musicians in Colorado is facing unprecedented pressure during the Covid shut-down. We know that for many musicians basic needs such as regular meals are not being met. There is also a sharp rise in mental health issues and substance abuse. Through a new program to serve professional music artists, Dazzle, Dazzle Presents, The Muse Performance Space, and Partners/Sponsors present “BREAD & JAM,” a weekly live stream event targeted at helping musicians during a most difficult time. This event will take place on Sundays at Dazzle to fulfill multiple gaps in service for the community. The session will be led by a different house band each week and will be live-streamed to our broad audience of music lovers. During the hours before the live stream, a food pantry for artists in need will be available along with mental health service referrals. In addition, Saturdays will be a drop-off day for food, goods and services. Saturdays are supported by Stafford Hunter and his ensembles of local talent. 

A cooperative event funded through community partnerships

The intent is to provide relief and resources until musicians are able to work regularly again. Dazzle specializes in African-American music traditions, mixed with a blend of ragtime, marches, blues, funk, and jazz. We have a broad Colorado and national audience following that is quite loyal and supportive. We are seeking donations from our patrons, community organizations, concerned friends, motivated individuals, and qualified mental health professionals.

What will Bread & Jam events include?

A Musical Outlet

The session will provide professional musicians with a paid live music opportunity so they may continue to hone their craft together in a community of support. In addition to losing virtually all revenue sources, the loss of purpose has been a particular challenge. Providing a place to convene and enjoy making music restores some normalcy and offers musicians a chance to share what they do in a safe environment.

Free Meals

Dazzle and its partners will provide a healthy, free meal to take home for all musicians in attendance at Bread & Jam, as well as for musicians shopping the free Musicians’ Food Pantry on Sundays. Dazzle’s pop-up Musicians’ Food Pantry welcomes all Colorado musicians to shop for free on Sundays (noon-7pm). Can’t make it on Sunday? You can make an appointment by sending an email to donald@dazzledenver.com.

Support

Dazzle provides a forum in which we can learn more about the immediate needs of professional musicians and seek additional resources on their behalf (e.g., grocery cards, emergency financial assistance, mental health support through our partnership with Music Minds Matter). Bread & Jam will also work with Rocky Mountain Music Relief, which was created in 2016 to provide financial relief for artists in need.

Bread & Jam Schedule

Frequently Asked Questions

When can artists visit the food pantry?

Artists can visit the pantry at 1512 Curtis St. Denver, CO 80202 on Sundays, beginning December 6th, 2020 between noon and 6pm. Can’t make it on a Sunday? Email donald@dazzledenver.com to schedule a time to come down that works for you. Don’t forget to check our Facebook Page for posts about special hours.

How many people can visit the food pantry at a time?

People who live in the same household (up to 5 at a time) can visit the pantry together at the same time. Otherwise, only one person will be allowed in the pantry at a time.

Will there be mental health professionals on staff?

We hope to have someone on staff when the pantry is open, however we cannot guarantee it as those professionals work for a third party. If there is not a mental health professional in attendance, we will have printed material on how to access those professionals.

How can I donate goods to the Bread & Jam pantry?

Those with non-perishable goods, NEW personal essentials, or cash/gift cards can bring donations to:

the Dazzle pantry at 1512 Curtis St. Denver, CO 80202 on Saturdays, beginning December 5th, 2020 between the hours of 12pm and 7pm.

or the Muse Performance Space at 200 E South Boulder Rd. Lafayette, CO 80026 on days that they are streaming between the hours of 5pm and 7pm. Find upcoming streams at the Muse HERE.

NO USED ITEMS PLEASE.

How can I donate financial gifts to support Bread & Jam?

There are three ways that you can give a financial gift to Bread & Jam. Please select which one works best for you:

  1. To give a gift of support for Bread & Jam through our website, CLICK HERE.
  2. To give a tax-deductible gift for Bread & Jam through the Muse, CLICK HERE.
  3. For a more involved gift, please email Donald Rossa at donald@dazzledenver.com to discuss how you can become a patron of the Bread & Jam events.

How else can I help?

Please email Donald Rossa at donald@dazzledenver.com to discuss how you can help support the Bread & Jam events.

Can my band perform for the Bread & Jam live streams?

We cannot guarantee placement of any band or performer in one of the live streams and are operating on a need-based system. We are reaching out directly to performers that we know are in need as a first resort. If you or your band has been selected to perform at one of the events, a representative of Bread & Jam will contact you. If you or someone you know is in need, please message us via Facebook and we will do our best to help.

Where can I watch the live streams?

The live streams will be available in multiple locations including our website, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitch.