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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EIN 76-0820953
215-517-8337
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Rating: 5 stars  

Jazz Bridge is an arts service organization that responds to the needs of greater Philadelphia-area Jazz and blues musicians in times of health, financial, legal and other crises, providing individual (confidential) support while promoting America's indigenous art-form through neighborhood concerts series across the region at five different venues from October through May each year. Without enthusiastic volunteers, Jazz Bridge could not continue. Dedicated people are always needed to participate in fundraising, outreach and program development activities. So if you really want to make a difference that truly matters, please contact them!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am privy to a lot of JazzBridge.org's concerns as (full disclosure) I am a board member. But I must say that these two brave women - Suzanne Cloud and Wendy Simon - work tirelessly on behalf of the greater Philadelphia Jazz and Blues community. They agreed "that's enough!" after seeing too many times the unfair circumstances musicians must encounter in times of crisis. I have witnessed first-hand the relentless determination and complete commitment to their goals, as well as their joy when any small victory for an individual is achieved. I cannot cite specific examples, as confidentiality is one of the strategies that make JazzBridge a viable institution...but most importantly, the total selflessness of their mission should be an inspiration to lovers of the arts everywhere.

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

Helping and doing what I can to support JazzBridge, and often seeing very rewarding outcomes.

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

Make sure they had the resources to fulfill their dreams.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

It continues to be a joy working on the board of Jazz Bridge and watching this organization grow. The energy level of the founders is tough to match! Jazz Bridge helped our family through a serious medical condition, and we are eternally grateful. We will continue to be proud supporters of Jazz Bridge and work to help them achieve the goal of opening an assisted living facility for Delaware Valley jazz and blues musicians.

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

Jazz Bridge held a benefit and started a fund which helped my wife through breast cancer treatments.

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

Help them reach a larger audience and grow their funding base to include more businesses, corporations and foundations.

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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  

When Suzanne and I co-founded Jazz Bridge five years ago, we thought what a good idea it would be to create an organization to respond to the needs of jazz and blues artists in times of crisis. As vocalists in the jazz community, we saw the personal sacrifices many were making in order to stay on top of their craft. These past five years have been a great adventure in bringing music makers and music lovers together to help those in need. It's the generosity of the jazz community that has provided Jazz Bridge with funds and volunteers to help us grow and fulfill our mission. The needs are as diverse as the musicians, themselves - we replaced a broken washing machine for a slightly disabled performer who was taking care of several grandchildren and had been carrying carloads of laundry to and from the Laundromat; got a new drumset and clothes for a drummer who lost everything in a house fire; advocated for medical health coverage for several musicians/vocalists; paid phone bills in order for musicians to get messages for gigs; set up a volunteer to drive a blind musician to and from jobs; created a fund to help cover medical and personal expenses for a musician's baby who suffered a brain injury in an accidental fall- these are only a handful of over a hundred individuals we've helped. Our website has assisted countless others with information on low and no-cost service providers for a variety of needs. I'm so proud of what we've accomplished and as our reputation is growing, we must grow and get funding so we can have a few paid staff people to enable us to reach the next level.

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

helping the musicians; the acknowledgement and gratitude of the work we're doing by the jazz community and their generosity of support; keeping musicians working and providing opportunities for people to enjoy the music with our Neighborhood Concert Series and Benefit concerts.

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

Recruit Board members and volunteers who have legal, accounting, social work and financial experience.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I co-founded this nonprofit in 2005 with Wendy Simon Sinkler because of the many musicians I saw over the years who found themselves in crisis due to their courageous choice of dedicating their lives to making jazz music. It's not a life choice that brings in lots of money, 401K plans, health insurance, or even social security many times. From the beginning, Jazz Bridge was able to draw supportive folks as volunteers even though we struggled mightily for money to fulfill our mission. Starting a nonprofit is definitely NOT easy and we had some trying times (if fact we still do). Our biggest problem, right now, is attracting donors with signifcant financial resources to allow Jazz Bridge to hire some full time people, i.e. a volunteer coordinator, a grantwriter, etc. This would push our organization to the next level. I'm confident we'll get there, and with the jazz and blues community behind us, it won't take too long.

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

Helping the clients we've helped over the years and showcasing the fabulous musicians and singers at our neighborhood concerts series.

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

Recruit more board members with financial and legal experience.

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