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US and Canadian Open Mikes - by musicians, for musicians

User profile: Jim Wurster


I am a proud father of an adult daughter with autism. A friend and I started a nonprofit called New Avenue Foundation a registered 501(c)(3) public charity. Our mission is to help create more meaningful lives for people with disabilities through innovative social, employment and housing programs. We have been running a weekly coffeehouse called Our Community Cup for over a year now as a way to build community and help one another respect our differences.

I've met a lot of musicians along the way and wanted to give back by starting an open mic to give everyone an opportunity to have a moment to showcase their talent.