Jâca Cultural Exchange Program

Music is a unique language that can move beyond words to communicate important ideas. In today’s increasingly connected world we can harness this powerful tool to better understand each other. The goal of JCEP is simple… We aim to celebrate our differences and make a positive impact on the world by using our position as touring musicians to connect cultural communities worldwide and to give back to the communities we perform in.

How it works

We accumulate direct donations, fundraise through the sale of cultural products from our travels, and devote a percentage of all Jâca merchandise to the JCEP fund. Each year, we spotlight an underprivileged musical community in need of financial support and work with them to determine the best way to disperse these funds. When you contribute to JCEP: you are not just buying merchandise, you are learning about the people of another culture while helping an underserved community gain better access to the arts.

What can I do?

  • Donate directly to the JCEP fund.
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  • Purchase a cultural product from communities that Jâca has shared cultural exchange with. Every product has a story. In our performance travels we aim to discover artistry unique to each culture and share it with our audiences. Whether it’s coffee from a farmer in Ecuador, cheese from an Portuguese artisan, or ceramic products created by an artist in the United States, we bring items from one performance locale to the next as a way to share culture from community to community. We communicate the story of the people behind these unique products, as well as their historical and cultural significance. These items are available in person post concert and online, with 100% of proceeds directed to JCEP.

  • Purchase Jaca Merchandise. 10% of profits on all Jâca merchandise are directed to the JCEP fund. When you buy merchandise at our concerts or online you are automatically contributing.


JCEP’s 2019-20 Season Beneficiary

Located in Loja, the music and cultural capital of Ecuador, the Festival Internacional de Música has as its mission to bring together national and international musicians to share the value of music to the youth of their community. Hosted annually by local musicians, the festival has a strong educational component and reaches out to students in communities with less access to quality music education.