Our Organization

The Hot Rhythm Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the historic jazz music and dances of the early twentieth century. We were created from a group of musicians and dancers who are dedicated to the growth of the jazz music and dances here in Austin. The Hot Rhythm Foundation has been a non-profit corporation since 2012, but has existed in other forms since 2009. Hot Rhythm Ball was created by a group of community members starting in 2009,  which was followed by the first Hot Rhythm Holiday in 2010 and the second Hot Rhythm Holiday in 2011. This evolved into the formation of the Hot Rhythm Foundation in 2012.

Mission Statement

The Hot Rhythm Foundation (hereafter, “the Foundation”) recognizes the existence of a community of musicians and dancers that has formed by way of their shared passion for the danceable jazz music of the early-twentieth century. It is the mission of the Foundation to promote and sustain this artistic community and in this way preserve the two historically American art forms that exist at its center–early twentieth-century jazz and swing dancing (i.e., charleston, ‘collegiate’ shag, balboa, lindy hop, etc.). The Foundation, like the community it supports, regards this music and these dances as living, breathing art forms of historical significance and aims to fulfill its mission by sharing them, as such, through community outreach, education, and special events.

The People Behind the Hot Rhythm Foundation

Jennifer Reed

Board of Directors, President

Tabitha Robinson

Board of Directors, Treasurer

Shannon Butler

Board of Directors, Secretary

Cailin Flaherty

Schedule Coordinator

Caitlin McTaggart

Hospitality Coordinator

Zach Lockett-Streiff

Technology Coordinator

Contact Us

Please feel free to contact us at anytime at info@hotrhythmfoundation.org