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Setting Up JumpStart!

November 11, 2011, 8:32 am
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Additional Clarification and Assistance for VIP Committee members to help you confirm your event. 

Dear Jazz for Peace facilitators, recipients, and VIP Committee members, 

It is important when selecting your VIP Guests of Honor to keep in mind the difference between the close family member, friend and supporter who we are asking to become a VIP Guest of Honor, and a member(s) of the general public whom we are NOT asking to be our honored guests. 

The reason you can always tell that a member of the general public has been invited and not a true VIP Guest of Honor is because a member of the general public will in some instances need to know the name of the venue first – whereas a true VIP guest of honor will always be able to trust the person inviting them just as yours or my best friend or brother or sister or previous supporters of my organization would trust me.

For example: 

If I were on a VIP committee, two of the people that I would be asking to be a VIP guest of honor would be my best friend and my brother.  

Do you really think that my very best friend in the entire world would tell me that I had to go and obtain a venue before he would accept my invitation to be a Guest of Honor at an event that was of such importance to me and the cause I am standing up for?

LOL – Of course not!

Or what about my Brother or Sister?  Or my closest and most trusted confidantes and supporters?  

Does anyone really think they would say such a thing?  

To be honest with you I have never met a single person who served on a Jazz for Peace concert VIP Guest of Honor Committee who ever said that their own best friend or their own brother and sister or their own greatest supporters would ask them to go and get a venue before they would accept their invitation to be a VIP Guest of Honor at what many will consider to be the most significant cultural event of the year in their city. 

However a very big problem is caused when a person on a VIP Committee does not reach out to their best friend or brother or supporters and reaches out to the general public instead.

That is because of these two reasons. 

1. The general public did not offer the assistance, support, encouragement, love, friendship and other things that a best friend, a brother or sister, or a previous contributor has given and therefore does not deserve to be invited as an honored guest. 

2. The general public should not be invited until the VIP Guests of Honor are already in place and the concert is confirmed and the venue has been announced just like the person who mistakenly invites them as such will also conclude.

In summary: Now that you have agreed to be a part of the VIP Committee for your upcoming event: Please make a list of your very favorite friends, family members, confidantes, associates and supporters (25 – 50 or so), email them the Jump Start Letter and follow up by phone of in person to at least 8-10 of them, and support your other committee members to do the same. 

Remember:  A member of the General Public may or may not jump at the chance to HELP you to confirm your event as well as receive a substantial savings, be a part of the VIP Meet and Greet, and all of the other perks that come along with it.

But a True VIP Guest of Honor, who at the very least cares about you, and is proud of what you and your organization are doing – WILL GLADLY DO SO!  

Please let me know if you have any questions. 



John De Angelis - Grant Administrator - Jazz for Peace - 212-947-1104 www.jazzforpeace.org

Promoting Jazz & Philanthropy: More Than 800 Performances, Fundraising for Over 700 Organizations in Eight Years




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