FAQ

How do you pay the rent?

We pay our rent and other expenses with community donations given online and at the jam. We are incredibly grateful for your generous support! If we receive money beyond what’s needed for rent and basic operating expenses, we will save that money in a reserve fund (to pay for unforeseen jam expenses) and in funds to support local dance-community projects. For more info about our finances, see our finances page or the “Where are my donations going?” section below.

What is the suggested donation for the jams and classes? 

The jam and class are offered freely and there are no set fees for either event. If you’ve appreciated the jam or class and would like to support these events continuing, we have a donation station (to the left of the welcome desk) where cash and electronic gifts can be made. Other kinds of contributions are also very welcome: see the “How can I help?” section below.

How are the musicians and teachers compensated? 

The musicians, DJs, and teachers have generously offered the gifts of their time and expertise; they are not being paid by the jam. If you feel inspired to support them financially and help them continue their offerings, you can make a gift at the donation station specifically for that night’s musician or teacher.

How can I help? 

Thank you for your interest in co-creating this jam; we would love to have you on board! There are many ways to help out: from putting up the lights at the beginning to sweeping up at the end of the night; we’re sure there are many ways we haven’t thought of yet too! Please check out our volunteer page for more info. You are also welcome to email us.

Who is running the jam?

The jam is supported by many community volunteers who generously offer their time and skills. The core organizer team is Shira Yaziv, Sabrina Danielle Baranda, Teresa Trinh, and Matt McNeil. If you have questions, concerns, suggestions, or would just like to say hello, please email us at contact@thursdayjam.org; we would be happy to hear from you! If you would like to join our volunteer community, please see the “How can I help?” section above.

Who is getting paid?

The jam is organized and sustained by many volunteers coming together and freely offering their time, energy, skills, creativity, and love; there is no paid staff. (See the “How are the musicians and teachers compensated?” section above)

Where are my donations going? 

We are committed to transparency and are publishing the spreadsheet we use to track all the money that we collect and spend. As we save money in excess of our expenses, this spreadsheet will list the balances in our operating expenses fund, our reserve fund, and the funds we are saving to support projects that benefit the local community. Please let us know in person or email if you’d like to discuss finances or if you have ideas for community service projects.