ArtsBuffalo Initiative: Uniting Arts, Music, and Culture In Buffalo

Community Initiative Unites JazzBuffalo, MusicBuffalo, and ArtsBuffalo Audience Accessibility

To foster the growth and revitalization of Buffalo’s evolving vibrant arts and culture sector, a new community initiative is set to launch, focused on the development of three prominent interconnected platforms: JazzBuffalo, MusicBuffalo, and ArtsBuffalo. This collaborative effort aims to serve the diverse needs of Buffalo’s artistic community while contributing towards revitalizing Buffalo as a premier destination for residents and visitors alike.

The ArtsBuffalo Initiative builds upon the successful model established by JazzBuffalo, which has garnered widespread community engagement. JazzBuffalo has achieved broad support for its contributions to the community, increasing access to an informative platform dedicated to events and stories, producing free events to serve the community, and paid jazz concerts featuring top international jazz and music artists.

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This survey was conducted via the JazzBuffalo platform in 2018- 2019, before the start of the pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic interrupted the momentum of launching the ArtsBuffalo Initiative after an ongoing survey of the community’s interests in the ArtsBuffalo concept indicated widespread support. The ArtsBuffalo surveys underscored the need for a comprehensive approach to support Buffalo’s arts and culture sector during challenging times.

Tony Zambito, Founder and Executive Director of JazzBuffalo, expressed enthusiasm for the initiative, stating, “This collaborative effort represents a pivotal moment for Buffalo’s arts and culture landscape. The pandemic interrupted the overarching goal to extend beyond JazzBuffalo and bring the success of the model to all constituencies that play an important role in Buffalo’s arts and culture growth. By continuing the buildout of an interconnected ecosystem of platforms, JazzBuffalo, MusicBuffalo, and ArtsBuffalo have the opportunity to make a transformative impact on our city’s cultural attractability. This kind of initiative contributes towards the revitalization of downtown Buffalo, attracts visitors from near and far, and creates new opportunities for artists and performers. I am confident that this initiative will play a crucial role in shaping the future of Buffalo’s arts and culture sector.”

One of the key components of the initiative is the buildout of a robust ecosystem of platforms, to be branded JazzBuffalo, MusicBuffalo, and ArtsBuffalo. Proposals are currently being accepted from design firms with an expressed interest in making a difference in the community. These firms will play a vital role in fulfilling the infrastructure and functionality concepts for the interconnected ecosystems of platforms, ensuring they meet the diverse needs of Buffalo’s arts, music, and culture communities.

A Community Advisory Board is being formed, comprising representatives from the arts, music, and culture sector as well as businesses, to assist in chartering the ArtsBuffalo initiative. Additionally, the board will aid in creating funding plans for the initiative.

The overarching objectives of the ArtsBuffalo Initiative include revitalizing Buffalo’s downtown area as well as its radius, positioning it as a vibrant arts and cultural hub, and driving economic development through the promotion of entertainment assets in the city. By leveraging the collective strengths of JazzBuffalo, MusicBuffalo, and ArtsBuffalo, the initiative seeks to create a robust ecosystem that fosters arts, music, culture, community, and visitor engagement.

The launch of the community-oriented ArtsBuffalo Initiative marks an exciting new chapter for Buffalo’s arts and culture sector, signaling a commitment to innovation, collaboration, and growth. As the initiative takes shape, stakeholders are invited to stay tuned for updates and opportunities to get involved in shaping Buffalo’s cultural future.

About JazzBuffalo

JazzBuffalo is dedicated to building awareness, accessibility, and appreciation for jazz music in the Buffalo, New York, region. Through concerts, festivals, educational programs, and community outreach initiatives, JazzBuffalo strives to enrich the lives of residents and visitors alike by showcasing the vibrant jazz music in Buffalo.

About MusicBuffalo

MusicBuffalo is a platform dedicated to promoting and supporting the music industry in Buffalo, New York. With a focus on highlighting local talent, providing resources for musicians and venues, and fostering connections within the music community, MusicBuffalo aims to elevate Buffalo’s music community to national and international prominence.

About ArtsBuffalo

ArtsBuffalo is a comprehensive arts and culture platform serving the Buffalo, New York, community. By providing a centralized hub for arts-related events, resources, and opportunities, ArtsBuffalo seeks to connect artists, audiences, residents, visitors, and organizations while celebrating the rich cultural heritage of Buffalo.

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