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Nonprofit Overview

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

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Rhenda Fearrington

Board Member

Rating: 5

Moving an Artist from Illness to Wellness, is the role of a Savior! It's no wonder musicians have referred to Jazz Bridge as "Having an Angel on Speed Dial!" Jazz Bridge doesn't just satisfy the artist's needs through all of the obvious and not-so obvious ways of a non-profit; but with empathy, it provides a conduit to do what Art is supposed to do, every day...move the dial on Social Justice, Activism and CHANGE! That's POWERFUL! That's Jazz Bridge! I'm very grateful to serve on a Board with such passionate, caring people!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

"You cannot travel within and stand still without," James Allen

Jazz Bridge and its' funding has provided Philadelphia Jazz & Blues artists sustenance for the Body, Peace of Mind, and very tangible relief that prevents the many challenges of life from breaking one's spirit. This allows the Artist to keep doing what they do best...Create!

They have provided lodging for artists and their families impacted by fire. They have provided medical care for artists' babies resulting from accidents. They have assisted families in laying to rest, beloved Artists. I am constantly impressed with their limitless support.

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1 ktucker279

Client Served

Rating: 5

You never know when you need a helping hand. They have helped me in ways, I can never imagine or thank them enough. From advice to helping me stay on my feet with dignity. One of the most caring, unselfish group of individuals you would ever want to meet. Even if they can't assist, they have the knowledge and resources to make your situation less dire. I hope Jazz Bridge is around for many years to come. They have been my lifeline in the sea of despair.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Besides their tireless assistance to musicians experiencing personal difficulties, I'd like to point out their hard work promoting America's indigenous musical art form via their Neighborhood Concerts Series. With SIX venues now - Collingswood & Willingboro, NJ; Center City & Roxborough in Philly; and Cheltenham & Bryn Mawr, PA - that's 48 concerts presented between October and May, providing work for approximately 200 musicians!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Jazz Bridge is the best! Jazz Bridge was founded so that jazz musicians have a place to turn when they face crises, like the need for health care, safe housing and other safety issues. Sadly, many jazz musicians, even world class jazz musicians, live at incomes below the poverty level. Jazz Bridge also supports series of fabulous jazz concerts in many communities around Philadelphia. The people at Jazz Bridge,e integral to the music scene in the Philadelphia/NJ area, are saviors to those facing life crises.

1 Jim M.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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