AJMF was created by native Atlantan Russell Gottschalk and a dozen visionary Jewish and community leaders in early 2009 under the auspices’ of Limmud Atlanta +Southeast. It was created to feature contemporary Jewish music in an effort to entertain and educate the general public on Jewish culture and unite Atlanta’s young Jewish community through the power of music.
This cultural initiative is now launched as a separate non-profit entity with its own board of directors and paid staff. Based on the successful Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF, founded 2001), AJMF was established to expand innovative Jewish programming for the Greater Atlanta community. Launching programming in 2010, AJMF’s first season included an extended artist residency with Israeli Hip-Hop duo Axum (March-April, 2010) and a one day Spring Festival (June 6, 2010).
Now entering its ninth season (2017-18), AJMF is a year-round producer and promoter of 70+ diverse and engaging Jewish music experiences annually, including our Spring Festival (March 2018, dates TBA), artist residencies, listening parties, open mic events, community partnerships and more. Additionally, AJMF maintains consistent contact with its fans through its website, social media platforms and online connections, fostering dialogue that helps visiting artists attract a larger audience, educates a young constituency and creates a greater interest in contemporary Jewish culture.