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Jazz Bridge Project Inc

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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

65 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As far as I understand, the organizers of this non-profit take no money for themselves whatsoever. They are committed to helping musicians in need. They provide their service without any fanfare in order for the recipients to maintain their privacy and pride. Therefore there is no ability to "advertise" these good deeds and needed assistance. Plus the concerts are top notch with excellent musicians donating their time and talent. Jazz Bridge deserves the highest score!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Helping musicians in the Delaware Valley receive health care with dignity

1 Cathie G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Jazz Bridge has been an essential part in promoting the Jazz and Blues performers. This music is part of America and our future generations need to be exposed to other music. We need to support groups that help performers get established and continue to provide musical options for everyone.

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Donor

Rating: 5

A win-win organization. Audiences get to hear the best of jazz in the Delaware Valley. To be more accurate, they get to hear the Jazz in the Delaware Valley, but it's probably some of the best Jazz in the country. And, at the same time the money from our tickets and our donations goes to help musicians in need. Those of us with "regular jobs" rarely think when we go out for a night of great entertainment that folks lightening our days don't have the same job benefits we have... no health benefits, insurance, etc. Jazz Bridge Project fills that gap.

1 Sandy105

Donor

Rating: 5

I have given to the Jazz Bridge because it helps people and their families, specifically jazz musicians, through some difficult times. Musicians tend to be independent contractors. When they're sick, they may not have money to spend on needs. Many are in this position. Give to the creative community.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Fantastic organization that provides a showcase for talented area artists and at the same time makes financial aid available to musicians who may have fallen on hard times. Fans of jazz win as well with awesome concerts to attend in intimate settings.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Jazz Bridge does a fabulous job supporting musicians and the community

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The work this organization does is irreplaceable, and a credit to the arts & culture scene in Philadelphia, as well a humanitarian effort.

1 Dave82

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've have performed for and support the project.
The assistance the project provides for area musicians in need is incredible. Please support the Jazz Bridge Project!

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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Donor

Rating: 5

Jazz Bridge is great organization helping musicians who need help when they need it the most. What's amazing is thier mission is sort of two fold, not only helping those who need help the most but also keeping America's original musical artform Jazz alive by building new audiences, holding concerts at multiple locations at a very reasonable price.

1 Debbie184

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Jazz Bridge is one of those selfless groups that is all about helping others...jazz musicians in crises. They are run by volunteers who have determination and grit and get the job done. Musicians are often self-employed and under paid and when illness or another emergency strikes, they have no where to turn for help until now. Jazz Bridge is there for them!

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Dedicated people proving their love for their art form!`Thank goodness for people like this!

1 Lee N.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They are incredible!!!@ Helping Jazz and Blues Musicians AND doing great Concerts here.
Philadadelphia is BETTER because of them.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I first learned of Jazz Bridge through an article about Odeon Pope. Like Odeon my late husband suffered from Bi Polar Disorder. It's a terrible disease and people often times are isolated and ashamed. Keep doing what you do Jazz Bridge and keep the great music coming !!!!

1 Flip P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great project, benefiting the community as well as the musicians.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I know one of the directors of this charity and say without a doubt that the money collected goes towards the people who are in need. People who've spent their lives attempting to enrich our culture.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Jazz Bridge focuses on a underserved community by providing jobs and assistance when needed. It does the important work of preserving a cultural treasure by supporting the creative people who make it possible.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Outstanding music and musicians. Lifelong dedication to music

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Passion, amazing music, community, and the heritage of jazz all define Jazz Bridge Project. It's mission to preserve and disseminate jazz and its rich and storied culture to everyone is truly important, and a gift to us all.