Jazz Bridge Project Inc

Rating: 4.93 stars   44 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  

The wonderful folks at Jazz Bridge are a tremendous help to jazz and blues musicians in the Philadelphia tri-state area . . . and by this they have also become a pillar of the community at large. Their work includes developing continuing opportunities for musicians to perform through their own concert series (which seems to be growing all the time), public service information about everything from grant opportunities, health care and legal information to connecting musicians with other professionals. And most importantly they lend a hand to countless musicians with difficult life situations and help them find solutions where they would otherwise have no where to turn. They have organized fundraisers for people with cancer, helped to resolve legal issues with musicians housing, even helped elderly musicians by organizing a ride to the doctor for them- Jazz Bridge is there to help in anyway they can. The Jazz Bridge Project truly makes a difference with the work they do. As a Jazz musician I am over joyed to know that they are in my corner if I need them.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization is an angel on the Philly jazz scene. They do so much for musicians with so few resources. I have been a friend and supporter for years and will continue to be one. Highly recommended.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

In this business, we do not get any benefits, even as small as sick day pay. When serious illness causes financial strife, there's no one to turn to, and that's where Jazz Bridge steps in and helps to help its own.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

It is true for so many artists that one often is not sure when the money will be there and there are times in everyones life that help is needed for the unforeseen.
What a wonderful organization to have something to turn to!
And then to hear the wonderful musicians for so little and get the music out there for the people that have never had the incredible experience of jazz.

Was your donation impactful?

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How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Suzanne (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thanks for the review Vita!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Jazz Bridge is such a necessary and special nonprofit. The dedication and valuable hard work is so inspiring. I have had the privilege of listening to concerts at the Cheltenham Art Center and can testify
what a thrill that is. Not only does Jazz Bridge bring much needed help to those who bring so much joy and hope to the world with their playing and singing, as an added benefit they continue this vital art form by making it an affordable one too.
To be there in time of crisis is a very noble thing and my hope is that Jazz
Bridge will get stronger and stronger to help so many more in need.

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

Perhaps more general publicity of the concerts and the wonderful work that is done through them.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

We have been attending the Jazz Bridge concerts in Collingswood for the past three years. We look forward to every First Thursday concert and have enjoyed every one. The program and featured musicians are always top notch and professional. Suzanne Cloud is able to plan fantastic programs and invite superb musicians to play.
By bringing other friends to these concerts we have been able to expand the audience and are proud to be part of such a successful program. It is not unusual to even have some of the beneficiaries of this outreach program return and publicly thank jazz bridge for the assistance provided to them.
It is rare in these troubling economic times to be able to experience such a true sense of spirit and sincere generosity of the musical community. We are forever grateful to have an organization like Jazz Bridge here in Collingswood, NJ. M. and F. Gramkowski

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

Positive feedback to suportors who attend and contribute. Organizers are very grateful for all donations and participation of attendees.

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

NA. No need for improvement. fine as is.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

Financial need of musicians for assistance with medical/legal/financial crisis.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

Able to do this.

What would you tell others about this organization?

Very deserving and honorable organization.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

Jazz Bridge is doing so much for the "community" that it's hard to adequately quantify herein. A short list:
it sponsors and stages community jazz concerts and programs throughought the Philadelphia metro area;
it connects musicians to gigs, and gigs to musicians; it acts as a gateway and clearinghouse for all manner of professional, medical, legal services, etc. for jazz musicians;
moreover, it promotes a sense that jazz and jazz musicians play a vital part in our culture, which in turn keeps the musicians themselves vital (often quite literally: keeping the musicians employed, healthy, and yes, alive.)
Thank you Jazz Bridge! Keep up the good work.
Others: you can throw your support (financial and otherwise) at Jazz Bridge with complete confidence that your gifts will be used responsibly and thoughtfully.
Yay!

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

...in being the recipient of their benefits, and observing the good it does to other recipients, i.e., other musicians and the greater community all around me.

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

In a perfect world, Jazz Bridge could be funded to do more community outreach, more concert/ sponsorship, more individual assistance, have improved internal administrative resources, and so on.

 
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