Helping musicians in the Delaware Valley receive health care with dignity
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Many people may look at an organization like this and say "Hey.. there are plenty of more pressing problems that deserve my money." Well sure, there is no shortage of causes that are worthy of our contributions.
But the old phrase "Charity begins at home" should not be lost. There is something very special and personal about contributing when the direct beneficiaries are those whose daily lives are intertwined with our own. Jazz and Blues musicians and vocalists (the professional ones) have devoted their lives to an art form which has declined precipitously in popularity over the decades. This creates not only a decrease in their revenue and ability to eke out a living, but also deprives them of the opportunity to share their gifts with those who still appreciate and love America's only native musical form.
Jazz Bridge not only provides a safety net for those who need assistance with the mundane aspects of daily life.. medical and dental care...replacement of lost or stolen instruments, and legal assistance. The local concerts they organize and present give these artists them opportunity to do what they have devoted their lives to mastering. In the Philadelphia / Delaware Valley, the dozens of venues that hired live musicians (especially Jazz and Blues artists) have closed in rapid succession, By holding various series of events at family-friendly venues and for modest fees, Jazz Bridge not only provides reasonably paid working opportunities to musicians, but offers opportunities for exposure to fans (and potential fans) of all ages.
It feels good to know you can help people across the globe whom you will never meet ... but if feel GREAT to help those who are your neighbors, and share in making our region a viable place for a deserving art form to thrive and continue.
Jazz Bridge serves a very unique and under-publicized role in assisting artists in need. Jazz is America's greatest contribution to the arts, and unfortunately does not command the respect or financial support that is enjoyed by performers of European classical music.
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.
Review from Guidestar
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.
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.
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.
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.
Thanks for the review Vita!!
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.
Review from Guidestar
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
Review from Guidestar
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.
Review from Guidestar