Save Birdland, "The Jazz Corner Of The World"

Yet another one of New York’s most beloved venues is in danger of closing for good. The legendary Birdland Jazz Club has been a fixture in the jazz community and one of NYC’s hottest destinations since it was founded in 1949 can be added to the list of venues which can no longer afford to operate. Like many other independently owned small businesses, Birdland is in desperate need of capital to dig out of the debt caused by the pandemic. Like our last campaign, if we hit our fundraising goal, not only will it get Birdland out of the debt caused by the pandemic, but it will allow the venue to weather the rest of this storm and Birdland can remain “The Jazz Corner of the World”.

Three weeks ago, thousands of us came together to save a beloved neighborhood café and theater. In what felt like a Christmas miracle, we did it! Together we raised enough awareness and money to save our beloved West Bank Café.  It was not saved  by some millionaire or the government, but by scores people who gave what they could… 5 dollars here… ten dollars there – proving the indomitable spirit of the arts community and exemplifying the extraordinary power of our unity.

Shortly after the community pulled off the West Bank miracle, my longtime friends, Jim Caruso and Susie Mosher, reached out and let me know that Birdland, was also in danger of closing its doors for good in just a few weeks if something isn’t done.

I thought about a New York without Birdland and I knew right away that we couldn’t let that happen.  Live music is imperative to the spirit and energy of this city.  I immediately told Michael D’Angora and Tim Guinee about the situation and they both agreed, that we need to launch a campaign to Save Birdland!

So here we are again asking the community to get onboard, by donating to and/or sharing this campaign. We can make sure Birdland stays open so we, as a community, can enjoy the greatest musicians in the world, doing what they do best, in one of the most iconic clubs in the world, right here in our beloved city.

We are so overwhelmed and proud to be a part of this generous and loving community. When we come together we can achieve anything! Let’s keep it going!

Let’s Save Birdland!
  • Ward Matthews 
    • $20 
    • 3 mos
  • Hiroshi Kikuchi 
    • $100 
    • 3 mos
  • Chris Harvey 
    • $100 
    • 4 mos
  • Jennifer Jones 
    • $20 
    • 5 mos
  • Fred Bifulco 
    • $50 
    • 5 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Tom D'Angora 
Organizer
New York, NY
Gianni Valenti 
Beneficiary
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