Arts, Culture, and Humanities

JAZZ BRIDGE PROJECT INC

Harmonizing Art and Life!

aka Jazz Bridge

Glenside, PA

Mission

Jazz Bridge is a hybrid, nonprofit organization established by a group of caring Philadelphia 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, Neighborhood concerts, and special projects, Jazz Bridge assists those coping with emergencies involving health, legal, financial, personal and professional needs, while building an awareness of the local jazz sound and the community of musicians who make it.

Help us be the bridge between the music makers and the people who love and appreciate this music.

Notes from the Nonprofit

Jazz Bridge was chosen to be part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts 2013 and 2016
Jazz Bridge Won the Pennsylvania Humanities Partner of the Year Award in Sept 2013
Jazz Bridge won the Dave Cohen Award for arts and social justice in March 2014
Executive Director Suzanne Cloud won the Martin Luther King Jr. Award for community service with Jazz Bridge 2013 and the Rutgers University Chancellor's Award 2015 for her work with Jazz Bridge.
Videographer Jason Fifield won best jazz short film from the Jazz Journalists Association for his work on the winner of our "Making a Difference Award 2013"

Ruling Year

2007

Executive Director

Jeff Duperon, MHA

Main Address

3008 Limekiln Pike

Glenside, PA 19038 USA

Keywords

Jazz, Philadelphia, Blues, musicians, Jazz Bridge, Jazz Music, Jazz Singers, nonprofit jazz organizations, Philadelphia jazz musicians,

EIN

76-0820953

 Number

3121475054

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Arts Service Activities/Organizations (A90)

Personal Social Services (P50)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Jazz Bridge has confidentially helped over one hundred local jazz and blues musicians since our beginnings with needs as varied as the individuals – medical, dental, legal, advocacy, home repairs, and instrument repair. When someone calls us for help, Jazz Bridge is the safety net that helps remedy the despair that a musician or singer feels when overwhelmed by life-altering crisis.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Jazz Bridge Neighborhood Concerts

Client Crisis Help

Where we workNew!

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Ticket sales to Concerts

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Jazz Bridge Neighborhood Concerts

Context notes

We charge $10/$5 for students. Kids 12 and under are free. These tickets are for our Neighborhood Concerts Program from October thru May in 3 locations. We produced only 3 concert series in 2017

Yearly Amount that Aids Musicians in Need

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Females,

Males,

LGBTQ people

Related program

Client Crisis Help

Context notes

This is the amount that we spent yearly on musicians and singers in crisis in the Philadelphia Metro Area

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

To be able to financially have a part-time social worker and assistant grant writer to help with development. We also want to complete our strategic planning goals in order to progress to the next rung in nonprofits and allow Jazz Bridge to grow to it's potential as well as be sustainable. Another goal is to continue to partner with other arts organization in the region to facilitate a collaborative environment on all levels,

We need to build our board with talented strategic thinkers and business-minded people who will help us increase our donor base. The executive director also needs to continue seeking funding from foundations and corporate entities.

We have a very talented and diverse board of directors that are operating the organization in a hands-on way. This working board devotes a lot of volunteer time to Jazz Bridge and is totally engaged 100%. Our executive director is a capable planner and artistic director who has been expanding the horizons of Jazz Bridge to get us noticed by many people outside of the jazz community

We have won awards, which has validated our many efforts and our concert attendance has risen along with neighborhoods within the region who are asking for us to start a concert series in their neighborhood. Currently we have 6 concerts series running. WE have recently conducted surveys of audiences (both digital and hard copy), musicians, and colleagues, former board members and volunteers in preparation for our strategic planning.

We map our progress by the feedback we get from individuals and other organizations. We also have a great donor management program, which tracks our progress with donors and we we keep our supporters deeply involved in the organization. By using Constant Contact and social media, it's been easy to track our impact on the community. We have developed the outline for our 5 year Strategic Plan and will begin implementation immediately.

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Financials

JAZZ BRIDGE PROJECT INC

Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

Yes

Organizational Demographics

In order to support nonprofits and gain valuable insight for the sector, GuideStar worked with D5—a five-year initiative to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in philanthropy—in creating a questionnaire. This section is a voluntary questionnaire that empowers organizations to share information on the demographics of who works in and leads organizations. To protect the identity of individuals, we do not display sexual orientation or disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff. Any values displayed in this section are percentages of the total number of individuals in each category (e.g. 20% of all Board members for X organization are female).

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Gender

Race & Ethnicity

Sexual Orientation

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Board Members, Senior Staff, Full-Time Staff and Part-Time Staff.

Disability

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Diversity Strategies

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We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
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We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
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We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
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We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
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We have a diversity committee in place
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We have a diversity manager in place
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We have a diversity plan
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We use other methods to support diversity
Diversity notes from the nonprofit
Because of our focus on Philadelphia jazz and blues, our board, staff and volunteers are naturally diverse as to race and ethnicity.