As such, talented and dedicated performers, more often than not, choose to live at subsistence levels in order to pursue this art. Emotional rewards aside, remuneration for Jazz musicians rarely allows a lifestyle above minimal survival (rent, food and hopefully transportation.)
The slightest financial, health or legal problem can render the average jazz musician or vocalist homeless in very short order.
Jazz Bridge fulfills a role which no other organization does in recognizing this rare segment of our society, and coming to the aid of those in need in a very selfless manner.
Funds are not spent on fancy headquarters. Officers to not meet in the Caribbean. Donors know that when they support Jazz Bridge, their funds will go directly to help those artists who selflessly give us a great deal of joy, receiving little in return.
Jazz Bridge allows them a little bit more dignity in this life than they are used to (or expect.) They deserve all the support they can get.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
I am not personally a working professional musician, but I do play Jazz as an avocation and have close personal relationships with many of the musicians who have benefited from Jazz Bridge's help.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
See that they are funded to the extent that they could serve more constituents.