Foundation is a non profit organization dedicated to supporting music education, enter-
tainment and broadcast media services.
Under the SEMM Foundation banner are three
distinct organizations, Jazz
98.5 FM, WSAX-LP Radio Station, SEMM Music Academy and
SEMM Rehearsal Studios.
The mission of SEMM Foundation is to keep the art of jazz music alive through
motion and support to our community, students, musicians, listeners and supporters.
About SEMM Foundation
Under SEMM Rehearsal
Studios, we operate state-of-the-art, fully equipped "plug and play"
music rehearsal studios where musicians gather regularly to rent the use of our
for their rehearsal needs.
Also housed in the SEMM
Foundation facilities is our music education division, SEMM Music
Academy, a community minded music academy that offers private and group music lessons to
of all ages and levels, including free private vocal and instrumental music lessons
to underprivileged children.
Over the past several years, SEMM Foundation was responsible for providing programming,
operating and media services, as well
as for the successful development and implementation
of a jazz radio format for a local, separately owned community radio station.
2013, SEMM Foundation applied to the FCC for a separate 24 hour broadcast
license on the 94.1 FM frequency to serve the Columbus and
During the application process, we changed our request to the 98.5 FM frequency.
On October 10, 2014, the FCC granted a construction permit to SEMM Foundation to build
the new 98.5 FM station to serve the Columbus area.
On January 12, 2017, the FCC granted SEMM Foundation a license to broadcast as the new
98.5 FM station to serve the Columbus area.
SEMM Foundation has also received its authorization to digitally broadcast via the Internet