Jâca Cultural Exchange Program
The Jâca Cultural Exchange Program (JCEP) is Jâca's successful philanthropic program. For Wesley and Jaxon, it is "Music with Meaning."
Jâca aims to share culture from one locale to the next and to support underserved musical communities worldwide. We do this by collecting direct contributions, sharing cultural significance, and donating 100% of profits from all JCEP cultural item sales.
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 items from our travels, and devote a percentage of all Jâca merchandise to the JCEP fund.
Each season, 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 only giving or 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?
1) Donate directly to the JCEP fund.
2) Purchase a cultural item from communities that Jâca has shared cultural exchange with.
Every product has a story. In our performance travels, we aim to discover customs and artistry unique to each culture and share it with our audiences. Whether it’s coffee from a farmer in Ecuador, cheese from a Portuguese artisan, or ceramic products created by an artist in the United States, we bring items from one performance locale to the next and share the story of the culture we experienced from community to community. We communicate the story of the people behind the unique items that we've brought, as well as their historical and cultural significance. These items are available in person at our concerts as well as our shop online, with 100% of proceeds directed to JCEP.
2023 - 2024 Season
JCEP's 2023-24 season beneficiary:
"A project of national interest highlighted by the Republic of North Macedonia, the KLARIFEST festival welcomes Jâca to the capital city of Skopje in April 2024. Jâca is thrilled to donate their time to the festival as both performers and educators. They will also integrate and learn about North Macedonian culture while facilitating cultural exchange with the community in Skopje. Support for this festival will help expose students and aficionados alike to international performers from various cultures and musical traditions as the festival's impact in its community continues to grow. Additionally, the duo will donate earnings from donations and sales of cultural items to the festival so they can continue their international programming, free education for students, and local cultural initiatives.
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2022 - 2023
JCEP's 2022-23 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. Fully immersed in the Loja musical scene for six days, Jaxon and Wesley taught music to students daily, performed free concerts for the general public, and experienced authentic Ecuadoran culture with members of the local community. JCEP funds were donated to the festival for use in giving greater access to music to their students in need.