Save Hermann's - Help us get the lease.

$41,670 of $75,000 goal

Raised by 458 people in 20 months
March 5th 2019.    We have made a major breakthrough in our efforts to keep Hermann's Jazz Club alive as a community resource, forever.

Our media release: JAZZ ON VIEW SOCIETY SIGNS 5-YEAR OFFER TO LEASE & OPERATE HERMANN’S is available on the Jazz on View website.

We have the opportunity to enter into a 5 year (renewable) lease on the ground floor of the Hermann's building.    To do so we have to raise an additional $75,000 by the 15th of April 2019.   These funds are required to make the lease deposits and to provide funds for improvements and set up costs.  That is a very short time, but because or your generosity we raised over $25,000 though this campaign in 2017 in our attempt to buy the building.   So we are asking our GoFundMe supporters to help by helping get us to 75,000.00 to our goal.   We know that with your help once again we can.

IF WE DON'T GET TO THE LEASE: We have agreed that if we are not successful in leasing the club we will refund the funds donated.    To be clear, we might still lease the club if we raised say $72,000.00 (borrowing the remaining $3,000) and in that case we obviously would not be refunding the money.  But if we don't go ahead with the lease the money goes back to the donors.

We need your help now to raise the critical cash funds that will allow us to make initial payments and facilitate the leasing of this facility for the community.

JAZZ ON VIEW SOCIETY is a B.C. non-profit society dedicated to turning Hermann's Jazz Club into community owned and operated facility which we are referring to as Arts on View.    We can't do this without your help.Jazz on View Website
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CHEK TV produced a great news story about the campaign. Take a moment and watch this coverage. Thank you for your support!
Here is the link to the story: https://www.cheknews.ca/hermanns-jazz-club-looking-at-a-new-lease-on-life-541543/?fbclid=IwAR0fK32XSf7QE6IMxfa8qoOBkbPGrB7Vmr6n9fHALMC07Eupov_rEEPSNZ4
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WOW! Thank you all for coming together in support of Hermann's. Over $4,000 donated yesterday via GoFundMe. This is a great start Thank You!

Some media coverage yesterday.
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The Jazz on View Society is pleased to announce it has reached a signed offer to lease and operate Hermann’s Jazz Club for the next five years, contingent on raising $75,000 for improvements and a deposit on the lease.
The lease of the ground floor at 753 View Street will be effective May 1, 2019, ending April 30, 2024. As well as Hermann’s Jazz Club, the lease includes the neighbouring View Street Social Club. At the time of expiry there is an option to renew the lease for a further five years.
The lease is subject to Jazz on View Society raising $75,000 by April 15 for improvements and a commercial lease deposit. Donations can be sent to 1119 Princess Avenue, Victoria BC, V8T 1L2, or gofundme.com/Hermanns. Jazz on View is an incorporated, non-profit organization but cannot at this time issue a charitable tax receipt.
“This in an important step in implementing the Society’s vision to preserve Hermann’s Jazz Club, carrying forward Hermann’s amazing legacy, and to create a community-based centre, “Arts on View”, for the performing arts in Victoria,” said Bill Turner, chairman of the Jazz on View Society.
Stephan Nieweler, co-owner of Hermann’s Jazz Club, said: “In honour of Hermann’s legacy, we are pleased that this institution will be carried forward to provide opportunities for music lovers, young and old, to interact and share their passion while acting as an incubator for new talent.”
“We believe in the leadership of this group [Jazz on View] to build on the legacy as we enter an exciting new chapter for live music in the capital,” Nieweler added.
The son of the late Hermann Nieweler, Stephan Nieweler co-owns Hermann’s along with his two siblings. Hermann’s Jazz Club was founded in 1981 by Hermann Nieweler, who passed on in 2015.
“A lot of work has gone into getting us this far, but there is much to do. Now the real work begins as we have just six weeks to raise the $75,000 necessary to make the change over possible,” Turner said.
Hermann’s Jazz Club is the longest continuously-running jazz club in Canada. It was recently chosen as the city’s best nightclub in the Victoria Times Colonist Readers’ Choice Awards. Three other venues are upstairs.
The Jazz on View Society is a Victoria-based registered, non-profit society formed with the goal of keeping Hermann’s Jazz Club running.
The Society recently expanded its board of directors. These new directors bring business planning, administration, fundraising, marketing and artistic skills and experience to the table. The Society is dedicated to not only saving Hermann’s Jazz Club, but expanding the vision to ultimately create a new performing arts centre in Victoria: Arts on View. For more information, see jazzonview.com.
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