The Venice Music Festival and Jazz at Palms Court is an annual event where community members come together to support the Venice Community Housing Corporation (VCHC) and its mission of providing affordable housing opportunities in Venice.

The musical theme of the event is “world music” and the lineup includes Ashley Maher and Her Big Global Band and Los Pinguos.

The Jazz at Palms Court champagne brunch will kick off the day’s festivities at 11 a.m. at 733-743 Palms Blvd. in Venice and will feature the traditional jazz sounds of the Howlett Smith Duo.

Tickets are $125 for the brunch and concert or $5 for the afternoon world music festival only.

Proceeds will go to fund the Venice Community Housing Corporation ‘s ongoing efforts to provide affordable housing, social and family support services to low-income families and at-risk youth in Los Angeles.

A silent auction will also be a part of the fundraising and festivities.

Ashley Maher is a Canadian-born singer-songwriter, now living in Los Angeles. Maher’s music combines African rhythms and percussion with jazz, folk and rock influences, and is centered around her vocal arrangements. Her lyrics often follow a narrative form and describe personal experiences with friends and family.

Los Pinguos is an Argentinean band that migrated to Los Angeles. The group combines Latin rhythms, Spanish-style guitars, a Cuban tres, Peruvian cajÛn and harmonized vocals.

Venice Community Housing Corporation’s mission is to preserve, maintain and expand affordable housing opportunities for low-income people, provide economic development and support services, and preserve the economic, racial and social diversity of Venice. The nonprofit organization was founded in 1988.

In addition to its Affordable Housing Program, the Venice Community Housing Corporation assists in operating an Infant Toddler Development Center and runs CommunityWorks for Kids after-school program, L.A. Bridges gang prevention program, Venice YouthBuild construction job training program for at-risk young adults, HandyWorker home repairs for the elderly, and law and justice programs for teens at Venice High School.

Information, (310) 399-4100 ext. 106.