Jazz Bridge Project Inc

Rating: 4.93 stars   41 reviews

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Location: Jazz Bridge 3008 Limekiln Pike Glenside PA 19038 USA

Mission: The Jazz Bridge Project is a nonprofit organization that was established by a group of caring jazz musicians and fans dedicated to assisting professional Greater Philadelphia Metro area jazz and blues musicians and vocalists in times of crisis by providing confidential and caring support in keeping with their personal dignity. Through donations, grants, and our neighborhood concerts, Jazz Bridge assists those coping with emergencies involving health, legal, financial, personal and professional needs, while building an awareness of the local jazz sound.
Target demographics: All professional jazz and blues musicians in crisis in the Greater Philadelphia Metro area
Direct beneficiaries per year: About 60 crisis needs and over 130 musicians are employed in our neighborhood jazz/blues concerts
Geographic areas served: Philadelphia, Southern NJ, Wilmington, DE, and Trenton, NJ
Programs: Five Neighborhood Concerts Series from Oct-May Client Crisis Needs
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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215-517-8337
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Rating: 5 stars  

Jazz Bridge serves a much under served yet deserving community with its medical, legal or financial difficulties. It also serves an educational function. All members of the board are volunteers and all donations are directed toward the organization's primary purpose.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I came to Jazz Bridge as the second generation - my mother was the first. They are NOT just about Community, but their fellow man or woman, jazz and blues artist. They have helped countless individuals in need or crisis. Whether it's a gig, assistance with a place to live, medical, mental and dental problems. Sometimes all that is needed is a kind word or some direction. Jazz Bridge has been there when no one else was. They have even been there for me, spiritually and personally. Thank you for EVERYTHING and not just the music. God Bless you 365 days of the year!

KT

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

They need more donations and grant money. This is a thankless job, and non-profits don't get thanked often.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

My mother, the late Susan B. Ford, was involved with Jazz Bridge in it's formation. She along with the founders, Wendy Simon and Suzanne Cloud, came together with countless others to give something back. Not just for the musicians they help, but to the people that need it most - talented and gifted people who just don't always have what they need to get the job done.

Jazz Bridge allows individuals to share their gift with the public at large. And it's a wonderful thing to behold. From the woman who needs dental work to smile at her audience while she plays to the 90 year old musician who needed legal assistance for righting a wrong.

This isn't an organization about politics or the color of skin... they help ANYONE in the music business get a fair shake and who, for whatever reason, are without resources. Jazz Bridge has formed incredible relationships with the community at large. Medical, legal, psychological and local government, just to name a few.

Through Community Concerts in PA & NJ, they raise money to pay musicians for their performances and put something back in the till, for a rainy day. It's hard to balance providing music to the community and helping musicians in need, but that what Jazz Bridge is ALL about.

It would be easy to just go along in life and ignore what is put before you, but Jazz Bridge is about helping and giving back, unconditionally. With the public's assistance, more people in the arts can be helped. It doesn't happen unless you get on board. I did and I am better for it.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

By getting involved.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Invite more people to make a donation and help someone you don't even know. Or ask them to attend the Community Concerts and see what their contributions can do.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I love working with Jazz Bridge. The shows are great. Plus you get a chance to meet the muscians as well as other good people. The concerts are also a great way to expose our youth to good music. All this fun for a great cause. This is truly a grassroots organization that helps people from our community.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

Being a musician myself, I can relate to the need for a helping hand when times get tough. And Jazz Bridge is just that hand that so many of us need. In addition to showcasing all the great jazz talent that exists in Philadelphia, I've seen Jazz Bridge help people receive medical care, find housing,pay for their housing, book gigs, anything and everything they need, so they can keep doing what they do best-make music. I've never seen anyone as selfless or dedicated as Suzanne Cloud and Wendy Simon. Almost every moment of their day is spent working to help others in need , and they are still working to help more and more people.
I personally was helped by them to see a doctor about my Bi-polar disorder, which was keeping me from going to school, or holding down a steady job. They personally found me a doctor, a therapist, and a place to stay so that I could get my life headed in the right direction. If it wasn't for the help of Jazz Bridge I know I'd be in a much worse of place than I am now. Thanks Jazz Bridge!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Please see above. But in my life, at concerts, and in volunteering.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would help them find even more funding so they can continue to help others, and on a larger scale.

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