The Jon Sims Endowment Fund

The Jon Sims Endowment Fund for the Performing Arts (JSEF) provides financial support for LGBT performing arts organizations.

Jon Sims began the gay performing arts movement when he formed a gay marching and concert band in San Francisco in 1978. To carry on his dream, the JSEF attracts donations and bequests, invests the contributions, and distributes grants to qualified groups. Since its formation, the JSEF has distributed nearly $100,000 in grants while increasing the fund's principal.

With your assistance, the JSEF can grow its endowment fund and provide more financial support for our performing arts family.


Recently Awarded Grants

JSEF was a proud sponsor of the Lesbian and Gay Band Association's 2013 Conference held in Atlanta, GA during Oct 11-3. Highlights of the event included a world premier of a piece called Colors that is a celebration of the diversity, strength, and unbreakable spirit of the LGBT community.  Find out more on our "In the News" page.

"The Jon Sims Endowment Fund provided invaluable funding support for the 10th Anniversary Concert of the Desert Winds Freedom Band of Palm Springs (CA). This support allowed us to commission an amazing work called "Journey" by noted composer Charlie Creasy and it was debuted to great success on March 26, 2011.

In addition to this grant, the Desert Winds Freedom
Band has now set up its own endowment account at JSEF and we hope to be making regular contributions to it. In this way, we can count on the JSEF to help us preserve the future of our Band forever."

- Gary Moline, Founder, Desert Winds Freedom Band

Visit the "In The News" page to read the latest about how the JSEF is supporting LGBT performing arts organizations.

Sapphire, composed by Dr. Lee Hartman and commissioned in part via a grant from JSEF,  had its World Premiere performance by the Mid America Freedom Band in Kansas City, April 20, 2013. 

To learn more about this piece and role of JSEF, visit the "JSEF In the News" page.

This per-concert recital by two members of the percussion section of the Bay Area Rainbow Symphony took place on June 4, 2011. JSEF was proud to provide a matching grant for a new set of four timpani  Read the full story o
n our In the News page. 

BARS Timpani Debut, Courtesy of JSEF