The JackTrip Foundation is a collaboration between Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) and Silicon Valley software entrepreneurs. The mission of the JackTrip Foundation is to make the performance of music over the Internet feasible and accessible to everyone. JackTrip Foundation is a Delaware nonprofit corporation in the process of applying for 501(c)(3) status.
To fulfill its mission of driving continued innovation in, and widespread adoption, of network arts technologies, the Foundation will offer a wide array of technology, education, cultural and community services, such as:
Founder Stanford professor Chris Chafe, Director of Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA - ccrma.standford.edu), originator and co-developer of the JackTrip software to reduce latency in audio transmissions over the Internet, allowing musicians to collaborate in real time. Chris is also a composer, improvisor, and cellist, developing much of his music alongside computer-based research.
Founder Mike Dickey taught himself to code in the 1980’s by keying video game programs from Rainbow magazines into his dad's Color Computer. He founded his first company in high school, and dropped out of Carnegie Mellon to become a full-time entrepreneur. Since then, Mike has built and sold three startup companies. His latest venture was Cloudmeter, which Splunk acquired in 2013 and renamed as Splunk Stream. Prior to co-founding JackTrip, Mike held various leadership roles at Splunk focusing on Engineering, Architecture, Infrastructure and Product Management.
Alan Hu is a high-tech executive with experience in services and marketing in highly entrepreneurial settings. In 2003, Alan focused his entrepreneurial energies onto socially beneficial endeavors. He co-founded QuantumLeap Healthcare, a charitable Foundation in cancer research, and was its Executive Director for 12 years. Alan currently serves as advisor to start-up companies in diverse industries and is devoting much time to philanthropic and socially beneficial endeavors. Alan holds a Bachelors degree in Engineering from U.C. Berkeley and a Masters degree from Stanford Business School, where he was an Alfred P. Sloan Fellow.
Sarah Weaver, Ph.D. is a New York-based contemporary composer, conductor, technologist, educator, and researcher working internationally as a specialist in Network Arts. Weaver is the director of NowNet Arts, director of the Sarah Weaver Ensemble, and editor of the Journal of Network Music and Arts (JONMA). She is a part-time faculty member of the New School College of Performing Arts for the Performer-Composer Masters Program. Weaver is a member of ASCAP, College Music Society, National Association of Composers, and board member of the JackTrip Foundation.
Ann Doyle’s primary career focus has been catalyzing the advanced networked performing arts community. She founded and continues to lead Internet2's cultural initiatives working with U.S. and international partners utilizing advanced networks for collaborative live performances, master classes, and remote auditions in the performing arts. Ann has a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Michigan. She is also known in the greater Detroit metropolitan area for her career as a singer/songwriter and recording artist.
Kären has spent most of her career working in the arts, library administration, and senior administrative and planning roles in higher education. She holds masters degrees in Music History and Literature and Library Science. She served as Executive Dean of the School of Humanities and Sciences and Assistant Vice President for the Arts at Stanford before “retiring” from academia a decade ago. In 2014 she joined the staff of the Kronos Quartet/Kronos Performing Arts Association as their Strategic Initiatives Director. Kären is currently managing a landmark legacy educational project for them (Fifty for the Future) that involves commissioning 50 string quartets targeted for young players, all available online for free.
Mount is the Director of Operations for the San Francisco Jazz Organization. He opened the SFJAZZ Center in 2013, which is now a first adopter of research and education network technology in a non-academic arts environment. Mount is pursuing the final year of his doctorate in education with a research focus on the intersection of jazz and technology. He also holds the professional designation of Certified Venue Executive (CVE).
Dr. Russell Gavin is Director of Bands at Stanford University. Dr. Gavin holds a Ph.D. in Music Education from Florida State University, a Master of Music in Euphonium Performance from the University of Notre Dame, and a Bachelor of Music Education from Auburn University. His public school teaching experiences include Director of Bands/Fine Arts Chair at Eufaula High School (Eufaula, AL) and Director of Bands at South Girard Middle School (Phenix City, AL).
Stanford CCRMA is a research center, studying areas of audio and technology including musical composition, computer music, physical modeling, audio signal processing, sound recording and reproduction, psychoacoustics, acoustics, music information retrieval, audio networking, and spatial sound. The center houses academic courses for Stanford students as well as seminars, small interest group meetings, summer workshops and colloquia for the broader community. Concerts of computer and experimental music are presented regularly throughout year.