Jazz Association (Singapore), also known as JASS, was founded in September 2016 to promote the participation, engagement and excellence of jazz in Singapore. In March 2017, we were accorded charity status in Singapore. Subsequently, JASS was approved as an Institution of a Public Character (IPC) from 23 November 2018 to 22 May 2024.
JASS is the inspiration and passion of musician and music educator Jeremy Monteiro, Singapore's "King of Swing," and was co-founded by Jeremy and fellow jazz lovers and advocates Albert Chiu, Edmund Lam and Susan Leong.
As Singapore's first charity dedicated to developing jazz education, excellence and outreach in Singapore, as well as strengthening cultural ties between Singapore and the rest of the world, we aim to expand the jazz arts community, advance education through scholarships, bring jazz to the wider communities and cultivate new audiences in Singapore through outreach activities in Singapore and globally. In July 2020, we added a new pillar to our work - that of supporting eligible local jazz musicians impacted by crisis with short-term financial aid.
Our vision is to be a centre of excellence in Jazz in Singapore, to bring the joy of Jazz to people from all walks of life and across diverse communities, and to make Singapore a leading global city of Jazz.