The Jamwich Ltd. is a registered benefit corporation invested in creating positive movement in the music and art community through promotion and participation. More than a magazine, The Jamwich is a group of people, led by founders Taco and Elise Olmstead, taking an active role in the direction of their community acting as “boots on the ground” of positive force at shows and festivals up and down the East Coast, and rapidly growing to national proportions.
The Jamwich magazine focuses on mid-level bands, visual artists, and festivals, with special insights into the music industry with “Industry Spotlight” interviews with professionals such as lighting designers and venue owners, as well as highlighting the community itself with articles like “Fan Spotlight” and “20 Questions.” There is always an interview with a specially chosen “Featured Musician” who The Jamwich Editors selected based on their current musical achievements as well as their activity and “buzz” on the scene. Visual artists are a very important part of each issue of The Jamwich, and the Artist of the Month is almost always featured on the cover. Artists are usually live painters and are actively taking part in music festival galleries and other events while currently creating new and exciting pieces. Besides articles about music and art The Jamwich offers many lifestyle and editorial articles, including tips on how to survive festival season as well as stories of self-improvement, health, and sobriety.
As a grassroots company with no employees, our team of writers and photographers consists of contributors donating their time to provide press and exposure to people in our scene. Our slogan is “by the fans, for the fans,” because our content is literally provided by the fans. We pride ourselves on being a platform specially molded by the very community it aims to cover and promote.
The monthly print issue of the magazine is available for free at select distribution locations in NY, PA, MD, DC, VA, WV, NC, and SC; as well as for sale on the website. Team members also travel to up to 12 shows and festivals throughout the month distributing the magazine and providing press coverage, often traveling with bands on tour. View our list of drop locations here. (Drop locations are subject to change) In addition to the monthly print issue, www.thejamwich.com posts new and unique content on a nearly daily basis like festival reviews and previews, weekly digests of upcoming live music, musical debuts and news, and more.
The Jamwich is working to give back to their community and foster the future of the music industry through their scholarship program JAMMA. JAMMA stands for “Jamming for Appalachian Multi-Media Artists,” and is a scholarship reward of $1000 to one visual artist student and one music student each year. Currently the application for JAMMA is only available in The Jamwich’s home state of West Virginia. As residents of the Mountain State (and a WV high school graduate), we see firsthand how difficult it can be a student to find the encouragement and support you need to pursue a career in music or the arts. We strive to show aspiring musicians and artists that their talents and passions are not only valuable but also viable as a successful career. Students are chosen based on their skill and enthusiasm for their current medium as well as their overall academics. On the committee is 5 people – two representatives of The Jamwich, one representative in the music industry, one representative in the arts, and one representative of the education system in West Virginia. The Jamwich Ltd. is currently seeking funding for JAMMA in the form of donations and purchase of select items like art prints, for which a portion of the proceeds goes towards the fund.
WORKING WITHIN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY
The Jamwich team takes on many roles in the music industry working as staff at festivals and venues, sometimes donating our time for free to help independent and start up events. We (Taco and Elise) have worked as stage managers, art gallery curators, box office coordinators, artist relations, transportation dispatch, volunteer coordinators, merchandise coordinators, and many more roles within the industry. Presenting our own festival, The Mad Tea Party Jam, for many years, we find ourselves happiest when consulting events and helping in their advancement and success.
INTERNSHIP PROGRAMS AND TEAM POSITIONS
The Jamwich Ltd. also offers internship programs for not only college students, but also anyone who would like to learn more skills within the music industry. The Jamwich also offers commissions to those who would like to join our distribution team and sell advertising along the way. The Jamwich sales commissions are open to anyone who would like to apply. You can learn more about our internship programs, open distribution team positions, and advertising sales commissions by emailing Elise at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I <3 SMALL FESTIVALS
In the Spring of 2018, The Jamwich started the I <3 Small Festivals campaign to garner new excitement and enthusiasm for the small events that are an important part of our community. We believe that at smaller events, collaboration is fostered and the culture takes a forefront, lending to an overall more fulfilling experience for the attendee, as well as helping more local and mid-level talent that enjoys a personal interaction with the ticket buyers. I <3 Small Festivals will be continuing the campaign annually by releasing an annual “Small Festivals Guide,” “I <3 Small Festivals” discount card, and special articles and features meant to bring more attention to these special events. We plan to create more I <3 Small Festivals initiatives and merchandise in the next year.
AFFORDABLE DESIGN SERVICES
As of 2017, Elise Olmstead of The Jamwich has started offering design services to the public. These services were originally reserved for bands only, and the main customer focus is bands and small to mid-level promoters, but we have also designed for artists, vendors, and small businesses. Providing affordable to design is another way that we can give back to our community, as the visual marketing an engaging design offers can greatly affect the success of a company or an event. The Jamwich offers design services for the price of $25/hr and $50 for a basic show or tour poster. Please send an email to email@example.com to inquire.
AFFORDABLE PROMOTIONS AND ADVERTISING
Advertising is available in our print magazine, our website, and on our social media outlets, at affordable prices with many custom options built specifically for the needs of those within the music industry. Bands receive special pricing at a considerable discount because we feel that they are the foundation of our community and industry and we want to help them succeed. Festivals and venues are our biggest customers, receiving extra press, listings, and promotions through our many outlets. We enjoy taking extra care to spread the word for our clients to the die-hard music fans that our readership consists of. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about advertising.
*A benefit corporation is defined as: benefit corporation is a type of for-profit corporate entity, authorized by 33 U.S. states and the District of Columbia that includes positive impact on society, workers, the community and the environment in addition to profit as its legally defined goals. The purpose of a benefit corporation is to create general public benefit, which is defined as a material positive impact on society and the environment, i.e. maximum positive externalities and minimum negative. A benefit corporation’s directors and officers operate the business with the same authority as in a traditional corporation but are required to consider the impact of their decisions not only on shareholders but also on society and the environment. Transparency provisions require benefit corporations to publish annual benefit reports of their social and environmental performance using a comprehensive, credible, independent, and transparent third-party standard.