According to a letter posted on the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE) website ( from board president Chuck Owen, the Board of IAJE has voted to file for bankruptcy under Chapter 7 of the Federal Bankruptcy Law. IAJE as it presently stands will no longer exist–the international offices of IAJE closed their doors at the end of the day on Friday, April 18th.

Sadly, the 2009 IAJE International Conference in Seattle has been cancelled. However, there has been some discussion of mounting a regional conference in its place.

A Kansas bankruptcy court will appoint a trustee to oversee all ongoing aspects of the association. This includes the ability to examine IAJE’s financial records and mount an independent inquiry into the causes of its financial downfall. Since the first communication to the membership outlining IAJE’s financial crisis, there has been considerable public speculation as to its causes.

For more information and to read the complete and official letter, visit

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