Nashville Jazz Workshop
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1012 Buchanan Street
Nashville, TN 37208
Organization Details

Executive Director

Executive Director Mr. Eric Dilts
Term Start July 2018
Eric's Experience: Eric comes to us from Peoria, Illinois, where he was recently an account manager for Morgan Stanley. He is a percussionist who also has an extensive background in music business, managing copyrights, CD and DVD production, and licensing. We feel his expertise in finance and development will lead NJW to the next level of our future plans.

Senior Staff

Name Title
Dr. Larry Seeman Communications Director
Ms. Lori Mechem Director of Education
Mr. Roger Spencer Artistic Director
Rob Gordon Development Director


Full Time Staff 4
Part Time Staff 3
Volunteers 95
Contractors 17
Retention Rate 100%

Plans & Policies

Does your organization have a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Does your organization have a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
When was the Strategic Plan adopted? July 2019
Does your organization have a Management Succession Plan? Yes
Does your organization have a Policy and Procedure Plan? Under Development
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Does the organization have a Whistle Blower Policy? Yes
Does the organization have a Document Destruction Policy? Yes


Is there a formal evaluation for... Frequency (if applicable)
CEO/Executive Director Yes Annually
Senior Management No
Non-Management No


Affiliation Year
Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network 2003
Metro Arts Commission 2003
Nashville Arts Coalition 2009
Tennesseans for the Arts 2004
Tennessee Arts Commission 2004


Award / Recognition Organization Year
Best Live Jazz Performance Venue Nashville Scene 2018
Finalist, Suntrust Business Acumen in the Arts Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee 2013
Jazz Heroes Award to Directors Lori Mechem & Roger Spencer Jazz Journalists Association 2011
Recognized by DownBeat Magazine as one of the 160 great jazz venues in the world. DownBeat Magazine 2014

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

The biggest challenges related to staffing and management have been in the areas of (a) recruitment of junior staff and succession planning, and (b) expansion of staff resources for development within a limited budget. Recruitment of staff with an eye toward succession planning has been an active effort for several years now. Junior faculty have been recruited and trained in the NJW's educational model, and several junior faculty members have assumed increasing responsibilities and class loads. Similarly, persons have been recruited for specific administrative activities, such as direction of youth programs. Executive succession planning has also been a focus of recent Board discussion and planning. Development and fundraising has been an area in which the Board and Staff have seen a critical need for expansion, as more resources are needed to support expanded programs and an upcoming move to North Nashville. The position of full time Development Director has been added to develop and oversee a major gifts program.