SEMM 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.

Our Mission

The mission of SEMM Foundation is to keep the art of jazz music alive through education, pro-
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 studios
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
students 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 separate, local community
radio station.

Our broadcast aired 12 hours each day from 3 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a separate group broad-
casting from 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. using similar call letters, The time
sharing and different formats
were a few of the reasons we decided to apply for a separate 24 hour license.

In November 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 surrounding communities. 
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 t
o serve the Columbus area.

On January 12, 2017, SEMM Foundation was granted a license to broadcast on 98.5 FM by the FCC.