JMA is actively involved in supporting the work of the Association for Recovery in Higher Education (ARHE), an institution that supports Collegiate Recovery Campuses (CRCs) across the nation. CRCs exist on college campuses where administrations have dedicated resources to support students who are looking to live sober lifestyles during their college careers. ARHE supports CRCs on over 100 college campuses offering safe harbors for students in recovery.
In addition to offering mentorship to students in CRCs who are seeking careers in the music industry, JMA is dedicated to celebrating recovery on these campuses by bringing live music performances and community events to campuses across the ARHE. In the last few years, JMA has sponsored and co-produced musical performances at Vanderbilt, Ohio State, Ole Miss, and The College of Charleston. We hope to show students that it is possible to enjoy life in sobriety, especially in the world of music which has often been associated with drugs and alcohol.
We have included photos, descriptions, and editorial regarding some of our events and encourage students at CRCs to reach out to us directly if they are seeking help planning events like these.
Sober Tailgate at Ohio State
JMA recently brought live music to a “Sober Tailgate” at an Ohio State football game. The OSU CRC already had plans for a tailgate, but we helped add a musical flare by recruiting an excellent band from Columbus to play the show. Doc Robinson played an excellent set and everyone had a great time. You can find photos from the event below.
Additionally, JMA and the McClusky family – including Jeff’s wife, Jill, and their daughters, Lauren and Rachel – are deeply committed to supporting Special Olympics and have volunteered in the organization’s music CD initiatives, entertainment events, and fundraising around the world. Jeff and his family are also active as a board governor for Opportunity International.
Every year, Lauren and JMA collaborate with C3 and The Metro in Chicago to put on Nelarusky, a concert and fundraising effort benefitting Special Olympics Illinois. Over the last 13 years, the Nelarusky team has helped raise over $430,000 for Special Olympics Illinois.
Education & Mentorship
Jeff and other members of the JMA team are enthusiastic and passionate about supporting the next generation of the music industry through speaking engagement and mentorship on college and high school campuses. Jeff has spoken to students at universities across the nation including but not limited to: Belmont, Lipscomb, Northwestern, Loyola Chicago, Berklee, NYU, and Western Illinois. Jeff speaks to students studying entrepreneurship, business, and the music industry itself.
Recently, Jeff gave a talk to students studying music business at Western Illinois University and the full recording is available below: