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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

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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1 Flip P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Jazz Bridge is a multi faceted organization that provides employment opportunities for local musicians. This organization is also going to purchase a house that will be a "safe haven" for musicians who are in need of housing, and/or, are without medical insurance. I feel Blessed to be able to support them.

2 Jan_57

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Jazz Bridge serves a much under served yet deserving community with its medical, legal or financial difficulties. It also serves an educational function. All members of the board are volunteers and all donations are directed toward the organization's primary purpose.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love working with Jazz Bridge. The shows are great. Plus you get a chance to meet the muscians as well as other good people. The concerts are also a great way to expose our youth to good music. All this fun for a great cause. This is truly a grassroots organization that helps people from our community.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a musician myself, I can relate to the need for a helping hand when times get tough. And Jazz Bridge is just that hand that so many of us need. In addition to showcasing all the great jazz talent that exists in Philadelphia, I've seen Jazz Bridge help people receive medical care, find housing,pay for their housing, book gigs, anything and everything they need, so they can keep doing what they do best-make music. I've never seen anyone as selfless or dedicated as Suzanne Cloud and Wendy Simon. Almost every moment of their day is spent working to help others in need , and they are still working to help more and more people.
I personally was helped by them to see a doctor about my Bi-polar disorder, which was keeping me from going to school, or holding down a steady job. They personally found me a doctor, a therapist, and a place to stay so that I could get my life headed in the right direction. If it wasn't for the help of Jazz Bridge I know I'd be in a much worse of place than I am now. Thanks Jazz Bridge!

Review from Guidestar