Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts launches $1.2 million fundraising campaign

The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts (PCC) is launching a historic $1.2 million fundraising campaign, which will help transform the iconic institution into a state-of-the-art performing arts center with a prominent presence on the Avenue du Arts.

Music education classes, arts performances, and community events are all held in the PCC building, which serves as a vital hub for the local arts community in the Greater Philadelphia area. However, the facility is nearly three decades old and requires a significant amount of critical infrastructure repairs and capital investment requirements that exceed $2.6 million.

“The facility is 26 years old and all of the building’s systems are showing signs of wear,” said PCC advisory board member Anne L. Edmunds. “We’re talking about the HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems. We need a new roof, security system, interior and exterior upgrades and a long list of physical improvements to the building. ‘factory.”

Other proposed improvements to the property include, but are not limited to: ongoing upgrades to recording equipment; improvement of sound and lighting systems; modernize music studios, classrooms and toilets; renovation of the hall and the ticket office; move the main entrance from Fitzwater to Broad Street; and the creation of a new façade and signage.

So far, the cultural center has raised $820,000, but still needs $380,000 to reach the $1.2M goal. While the majority of funds came from a state redevelopment grant, nonprofit and corporate donors, a small portion came from private donors, such as musician Kevin Eubanks, who recently donated $5,000 of his winnings from appearing on Kevin Hart’s game show. Face. “In addition, last January we held a fundraiser at Chris’ Jazz Café that raised $12,000,” said Dr. Ken Scott, Chairman of PCC’s Board of Directors. “We are actively looking to partner with other venues around town for future fundraising events.”

“We have a unique opportunity to build on the legacy of the Philadelphia Clef Club and influence the upward trajectory of jazz education and presentation in Philadelphia,” noted Nelson Parrish, board member and CCP treasurer. “Now more than ever, there is a need to focus on the sustainability of PCC services and to preserve this cultural facility for the next generation of musicians.” To donate and/or learn more, please visit

Ada J. Kenney