About Us

OUR MISSION  is to connect and to heal 

through music in our changing world.

JAZZ AND CLASSICS FOR CHANGE (JCfC) was founded in the summer of 2019 through a collaboration between Gili Melamed-Lev, concert pianist and educator, and Joe Gold, jazz musician and film composer, with the idea of bringing a sense of hope through inspiring music, performed by outstanding musicians. 

We offer the highest caliber music, not solely for our joy, but also to help illumine our humanity. For this is our mission: To connect and to heal through music in our changing world.

Jazz and Classics for Change is a gift, as is everything that flows from the realm of the arts. As a 501(c)3 charitable organization, it relies on gifts from many sources. We hope you will join us in supporting the vitality of this new artistic and social initiative so its life flourishes and enhances the life of our community. Each gift, no matter the size, is valued and appreciated.


Matt Cain – Chairman

Gili Melamed-Lev – President and Artistic Director

Craig Bender – Treasurer

Martina Deignan – Secretary

William (BJ) Johnson


Suzanne Gold & Allison Crowly,

Fuzzy Muzzle Design


Antony Gravett,
End-to-End Creative Tutoring

Annual Benefit Concert Honorary Chairs (2022): EUGENE DRUCKER AND ROBERTA COOPER


George Brooks

Roberta Cooper

Eugene Drucker

Mark Evans

Ronald Feldman

Joe Gold

Gwen Gould

Deborah Grace

Philip Lasser

Abigail Laufer

Marianne Lockwood

Rafi Malkiel

Elizabeth Morse

Joe Mulholland

Bonnie Podolsky

Gili Sharett

Brian Shea

Sheila Silver

Michael Thomas

Peter Weitzner

Read more about JCfC in this recent

article in HOMESTYLE magazine:

Click to read the February 2020

issue of the magazine


The Community Arts Grants are made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrants Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered by CREATE Council on the Arts (Council for Resources to Enrich the Arts, Technology & Education).

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