Keep Hermann’s Live

What is the Arts On View Society?

Arts On View Society was founded to save Hermann’s Jazz Club and establish an Endowment for the Arts to support the arts in the Capital Region forever. Our goal is to raise $8 million over the next five years, to purchase, renovate and establish this Endowment. Read more.

*Thank you to Kim Greenwood for making available our front page image.


Hermann’s Jazz Club – now open for live shows, still live streaming.

Hermann’s Jazz Club is reopen! You can find all their upcoming events and menu at All shows are once again open to a live audience, and will also still be live streamed for those who wish to view from home.

If you’re entertaining yourself with old live streams, you can explore through YouTube/Vimeo and give via our donation links on this site. Your donations have helped and continue to help these amazing artists whose income has been greatly affected by this pandemic. Thank you for your generosity!

Click CALENDAR for upcoming show times.


Safety Plans

View Street Social COVID-19 Safety Plan   |    View Street Social Public Safety Plan   |    Hermann’s Jazz Club Public Safety Plan


In celebration of Hermann’s Jazz Club’s 40th anniversary, the club launched their first album,  Cheers to 40 Years,  which features a collection of tracks performed by the musicians who played the Club back in 1981 and continue to this day. Featuring the big-band sounds of Dixieland and Trad Jazz, the album has both remastered tracks from loved performers such as CanUS, Dixieland and the Al Pease Trio, plus newly recorded tracks from the same bands. This juxtaposition highlights the change in the bands’ sounds over the years and the diverse talent that these musicians continue to bring to the stage.

The album is available for purchase on BandCamp here.


Hermann’s Livestream was launched in March following the first closure of our venue. Since that time we have streamed over 200 shows and raised more than $75,000 for musicians.

Your donation, to the performers and performances of your choice replaces lost ticket revenue. We urge your support. No donation is too small, as we grow our viewership the impact of these contributions grows and the platform can be maintained.

Support livestream performances here 

Learn more and view our livestream here

Become a Monthly Supporter

Your monthly support will be so important as we plan for the sustainable future of Hermann’s Jazz Club. Set your level of support and that amount will be automatically billed to your credit card or debit account. You can change the amount or stop the payments at anytime.



Support the Arts On View Society’s Vision

We encourage you to learn more about our organization’s vision for “Arts” to continue and thrive “On View” Street.

A not-for-profit the Arts On View Society is structured as a Social Enterprise. We operate both the View Street Social and Hermann’s Jazz Club. All profits from our business are reinvested to the benefit of live performance and audience.

Our overarching goal is to protect the building in which we reside at 753 View Street, alleviating the burden of prime rent and to re-establishing the three venues upstairs.  Learn more here

Send Letters or Videos of support

Hermann’s Jazz Club is a special place; it’s important to people from so many walks of life for so many reasons. We have had the liberty of seeing these letters pour in and it is a beautiful experience. No one person can define why Hermann’s Jazz Club is important – this is the village. Together we tell the story of why we should save this place and what to protect for the future.

Based on letters we’ve received to date, the number one reason why Hermann’s matters to it’s patrons is the positive impact it has on the mental health and well-being of audience members. Our audience also praises the opportunities given for young musicians to experience the stage and a lessening of frustration with society’s displacement of live performance via high rise desires.

Musicians, audience members, musicologists, lovers of jazz and live music – submit your letter or video of support.   See what others have shared here.