Save Hermann's - Help us get the lease.

$93,695 of $75,000 goal

Raised by 625 people in 25 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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An update for supporters of Hermann’s.

Arts on View (the new operating name of Jazz on View) has now achieved its goal of signing a five-year lease to operate Hermann’s Jazz Club and the View Street Social Club next door.

All operations and licences will be transferred from the current owners (Hermann Nieweler’s three children) by July 15. The board is now working hard to have the equipment upgraded and is planning other improvements as well.

Jazz on View recently adopted the operating name of Arts on View and has had a new logo designed with this in mind. The operating name reflects the organization’s overall vision of transforming the entire building at 753 View Street into a community-owned and operated centre for performing and visual arts.

Of course Hermann’s will always be Hermann’s.

With this in mind, Arts on View continues to talk to the estate about the potential for a lease on the rest of the building.
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Friends of Hermann’s,

Thanks to your generous outpouring of support we have saved Hermann’s Jazz Club!

Arts On View Society (Jazz on View) is now finalizing hundreds of details to begin operating Hermann’s and the View Street Social Club next door, with a five-year lease, and on solid financial ground.

We are working hard to have the five-year lease signed, equipment upgraded, improvements planned, and all operations and licences transferred from the current owners (Hermann Nieweler’s three children) by July 15.

The volunteer board is working with the wonderful staff at Hermann’s to obtain required permits for the Club’s continued operations. Liquor licences alone take eight- to nine-weeks to be approved.

Meanwhile, we are building a budget and plan for improvements.
We remain committed to the big vision of transforming the entire building, including the upstairs, into the community-owned and operated “Arts On View” performing and visual arts centre. We are talking to the estate about the potential for a lease on the rest of the building.

Very importantly, we continue to explore ways to purchase the entire building to ensure long-term success and keep costs low for artists and patrons into the future. $8 million or more is needed for the big vision and an Arts Endowment.

A special thank to all of our donors for your generous financial support.

Those of you who have contributed $1,000 or more will soon receive a separate email outlining details of the Patrons Program and how to enjoy your patron’s tickets. (Which will start after we are the operator of Hermann’s.)

Arts On View is encouraged by the enthusiasm and support we continue to receive from you, the Hermann’s and jazz community.

Thanks to you, Hermann’s Jazz Club remains open – and its future looks bright.

See you at the Club!
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Wow. Our GoFundMe campaign has been a huge success. We are now showing at total of $91,110.00
There was a big amount donated at the fundraiser on April 10th. The result was that yesterday (April 11th) we removed the subject condition and are now working with the estate about details of the lease and transition to Jazz on View Society taking over operation of Hermann's. The funds which continue to be donated will help us move even faster on some of the needed maintenance and on moving ahead with our over all vision as inspired by Hermann.
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A quick update on our mission to save Hermann’s Jazz Club. The good news is that, thanks to an outpouring of support from people like you, Jazz on View has made significant progress.
We’re more than halfway there in our fund-raising efforts. And we thank you for your generosity.
However, time is short. The April 15 deadline to raise $75,000 required for a five-year lease is fast approaching. We need your help, both in the form of donations and spreading the word.
Together, we can do this.

In the first two weeks of the fund-raising campaign Jazz on View $43,000 through out GoFundMe campaign and other donations.
However, we still need another $32,000 to reach our goal.
If you have already donated to the campaign, Jazz on View thanks you from the bottom of our hearts. You can still help be spreading the word. Encourage your friends to donate – even if they live out of town. And if you have yet to donate yourself, please consider doing so.

The time to act is now.

Jazz on View has started a new patrons’ program. Significant contributors (both private citizens and businesses) will enjoy insider perks, such as free admission to shows, public recognition and an invitation to an exclusive patrons’ party.

Here is the link, please share it:


Hermann’s Jazz Club -- the longest continuously running jazz club in Canada -- is a unique institution in Victoria. In a city renowned for its thriving cultural scene, Hermann’s is a key component, not only hosting superb jazz and other musical genres, but providing valuable performance opportunities for young musicians.

And if we can save Hermann’s, Jazz on View’s ultimate goal is to eventually purchase the building and create a new arts centre for Victoria.

If Victoria rallies as a community – Hermann’s Jazz Club can continue in perpetuity.

We can do it. Let’s make it happen.
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