JAMinc functions through the hard work and dedication of an all-volunteer board of directors, made up of individuals with diverse musical interests and backgrounds. Our current board roster is as follows:
Jim Bland – Founder and owner of Plan 9 Music, an independent music retailer. Founder of Planetary Records, a record label devoted to local and regional talent. Tireless supporter of local and live music.
Andy Garrigue – Business owner with a passion for music, especially blues. Music critic/correspondent since 1991 (currently Richmond Times-Dispatch). Harmonica player.
Joe Gianfortoni – Retired physician, adventurer, music aficionado. Voluntary bookkeeper for JAMinc.
Kay Landry – Former promoter/sound tech at Ashland Coffee & Tea. Consultant to restoration/programming of the Ashland Theater.
Justin Laughter – Start-up, intellectual property, and entertainment attorney with Threshold Counsel, PC. Leader of Silly Bus, an educational media company, and a performer in the quirky pop-rock group, Flashlight Tag.
Bill Rice – Life-long resident of RVA, former photojournalist with TV8 and current supporter of the local music scene via the Richmond Folk Festival (artist host) and the Old Dominion Barn Dance (stage manager).
Wally Thulin – Founder of Fieldcrest Music and JAMinc, a promoter of bluegrass, jazz & Americana concerts. Also artist manager & label owner.
Tim Timberlake – Veteran emcee/stage manager of folk, bluegrass and Americana events. Programming Committee, Richmond Folk Festival. Now hosting JAMinc’s In Your Ear radio show on WCVE Richmond Public Radio.
Samson Trinh – Musician, bandleader, educator and on the faculty of SPARC’s Live Art. Musical Arts Director, the Steward School.
Past greats from JAMinc
We would also like to acknowledge significant contribution of two former board members who we lost to cancer: W. Scott Street, a distinguished attorney and past president of the Virginia State Bar, but more importantly a player and lover of the banjo and bluegrass. His pro bono support of musicians all over the country is legendary. Each October, JAMinc and the Richmond Folk Festival present the Scott Street Five String Finals in his memory, a youth banjo contest with substantial prize money for the winners. Learn about it at the Richmond Folk Festival website.
We also lost Richmond singer/songwriter and musical force Robbin Thompson in the fall of 2015. Besides his long and impressive career making records and as a potent performer, it was Robbin’s idea to start our successful house-style concert series in his home studio back in 2004.