Ridgeway Arts creates performing opportunities for projects through the development of a touring presenting program.
Emerging artist work with and receive professional guidance from Jeff Denson and the Ridgeway Records team on the various aspects of the music business.
Ridgeway Arts creates recorded documentation opportunities for projects through the development of a recording company, Ridgeway Records.
A unique program designed to widely disseminate information, ideas, theories and concepts about music and culture through the medium of podcasts.
Provides a series of residencies and workshops nationally and internationally. Publishes educational books for Ridgeway Publishing.
Developing cultural and educational imperatives.
"Music is the
― Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Ridgeway Arts has been established to assist composer/musician/educator Jeff Denson in setting forth his own cultural and educational imperatives and assisting certain like-minded individuals in the development and execution of their own.
It is our intention to provide similar services to other artists as the organization develops, as well as developing the Bay Area educational and performance scene in conjunction with the students who emerge as professionals through Jeff's teaching activities at the California Jazz Conservatory and his outreach directorship.
From an artistic perspective, the organization will be creating performing and recorded documentation opportunities for Jeff's many projects through the development of a recording company and touring program.
Educationally, Jeff will be providing a series of residencies and workshops internationally, both directly through Ridgeway and in conjunction with his position as Director of Outreach for the California Jazz Conservatory, at which Jeff is also a full-time professor. he is also preparing a series of educational books for Ridgeway Publishing.
Ridgeway Arts, Inc. Mission Statement
Ridgeway Arts, Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit arts organization dedicated to stimulating, promoting and supporting creative endeavors, with a special emphasis upon music inspired by the jazz tradition, providing artists the opportunity to pursue their artistic visions.
Arts and the Economy
America's nonprofit arts industry generates $134 billion in economic activity every year, including $24.4 billion in federal, state, and local tax revenues. - Americans for the Arts
Arts promote true prosperity
The arts are fundamental to our humanity. They ennoble and inspire us—fostering creativity, goodness, and beauty. The arts help us express our values, build bridges between cultures, and bring us together regardless of ethnicity, religion, or age. When times are tough, art is salve for the ache. – Mr. Randy Cohen
Arts improve academic performance.
Students with an education rich in the arts have higher GPAs and standardized test scores, and lower drop-out rates—benefits reaped by students regardless of socio-economic status. Students with 4 years of arts or music in high school average 100 points higher on the verbal and math portions of their SATs than students with just one-half year of arts or music. – Mr. Randy Cohen
Arts have social impact
University of Pennsylvania researchers have demonstrated that a high concentration of the arts in a city leads to higher civic engagement, more social cohesion, higher child welfare, and lower crime and poverty rates. The arts are used by the U.S. Military to promote troop force and family readiness, resilience, retention and for the successful reintegration of veterans into family and community life. – Mr. Randy Cohen
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Internationally acclaimed pianist/composer Edward Simon joins Ridgeway Arts – Music Monthly
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