Introducing: The Dexter Gordon Society (TDGS)
The Dexter Gordon Society, Inc. (TDGS) is a New York-based nonprofit corporation with pre-tax-exemption status founded in 2013. The organization exists to commemorate the life's work and artistic legacy of late American tenor saxophonist, composer, band leader and Academy Award nominated actor, Dexter Keith Gordon (1923-1990). The launch of The Dexter Gordon Society coincides with the 90th Anniversary of Dexter Gordon's birth (Dex@90) celebrated on February, 2013 and followed by a year-long series of global events.
A Global Vision
The Dexter Gordon Society has been created to serve as a 21st century platform for inter-cultural exchange and artistic enrichment in the hope of uniting Dexter Gordon's fans, and bringing together scholars, musicians, curators, researchers, educators, and appreciators of his legacy around the world. As a resident of both Paris, France and Copenhagen, Denmark, The Dexter Gordon Society is set to focus on Dexter Gordon's national and international contributions to music both at home and abroad.
The Dexter Gordon Society relies on public support to cover operating costs as well as ongoing expenses associated with our research projects and other programs. The most ideal forms of contribution are either cash or sponsorship. These funds help us cover the administrative expenses associated within maintaining Dexter Gordon's cultural and artistic legacy.
In 2014, The Society will establish its federal 501c3 tax-exempt status at the end of Dexter Gordon's 90th birth-year. In the mean time, contributions are 100% tax-deductible through our fiscal sponsor, Fractured Atlas, a New York arts service organization.
Other ways to get involved:
- Corporate sponsorships
- Private sponsorships
- Hosting an event
- In-kind donations (equipment, products, services, expertise, information)
- Office/studio space
- Discounted business services (marketing, management, accounting, fundraising)
- Volunteer or intern support
Through panels, film screenings, exhibitions, festivals, scholarly talks and other humanities events, The Dexter Gordon Society exists to spread awareness and appreciation of Gordon's international contribution to arts and culture. With your support, the society hopes to make available over 20 years of research and archival content organized from Gordon's personal and professional collection. These include hundreds of letters, photographs, research papers, written music scores, and a plethora of unreleased audio and video recordings which we intend to make available to the public through web, mobile, print and digital media, live presentation, and other modern formats.
The Dexter Gordon Society's primary roles are divided into four categories:
- Record Label: Collection, sale, and digital distribution of unreleased Dexter Gordon recordings
- Research Institute: Jazz research, digital archiving, and historical preservation
- Producer / Presenter: Public talks, gatherings, symposia, exhibits and musical events
- Business Advisor: Arts management consulting and legacy assistance
Scholarships will include:
- Dexter Gordon Educational Scholarship - for saxophonists
- Dr. Frank A. Gordon Scholarship - for math and science (named for Dexter Gordon's father)
- Samuel A. Browne Scholarship for music education (named for Dexter Gordon's school band director)
Scholarship availability TBA.