Membership: join us

You can donate to the Wilbur Ware institute securely through our PayPal account. PayPal also accepts all major credit cards. Please use the button below to contribute. It is now possible to again have recurring monthly donations through PayPal:

Levels of Membership

BasslineRecalling Scott LeFaro

  • This basic category of membership supports the general operation of The Institute, and allows us to generate support for our summer youth programs. Talented and interested middle and high school youth will be given an opportunity to participate in free seminars and performance workshops with master musicians for six weeks with the goal of year-round mentorship.

Joining us here will include:

  • Support for youth scholarships
  • Attendance as observers to seminars, workshops, and performances by the master musicians
  • Discounts at subsequent Institute youth events
  • Advance notice of all other Institute activities and events

SustainingRemembering Milt Hinton “The Judge”


In addition to the above, this category of membership with include:

  • Invitation to members-only events

PatronsAppreciating Ray Brown


Those who join us as Patrons will support all youth programming as well as yearly performances by master musicians. In addition to the above, this membership includes:

  • Discounts at all concerts
  • Invitation to members-only events

Full CircleAcknowledging Paul Chambers


  • Donors at this level indicate their support of our long-term goals of ongoing support for master musicians and encourage their mentoring of youth.In addition to the above, this membership includes
  • Invitation to members-only events
  • All access to public events

Special SupportHonoring Jimmy Blanton

$10,000 and up

  • Donors at this level support our goal of chaperoned international travel of deserving and talented middle and/or high-school musicians to Summer Festivals, workshop/concerts, and residencies with groups like pianist-educator Barry Harris and other great jazz musicians

In addition to all above, the membership level includes.:

  • Invitations to members-only events
  • Free admission and All Access Passes to concerts

By joining the Wilbur Ware Institute, you help support the music you love AND support our master Jazz Musicians whose artistry must be rewarded and who mentor our youth and preserve the music by passing on the legacy of what is America’s Gift to the World of Music. It remains America’s National Musical Treasure.

We will continue to work toward providing a full-service site that supports the highest quality art and genius of these musicians. This must be a multi-use facility that includes space for short-term residency, rehearsal, recording, as well as a gallery and performance auditorium for all art forms that incorporate and support jazz music as an integral component of their art.

Bassline: Individual Annual Membership $40.00
Senior $30.00
Student $20.00
Family $60.00
Educator $75.00