JAZZ BRIDGE PROJECT INC

Harmonizing Art and Life!

aka Jazz Bridge   |   Philadelphia, PA   |  https://www.jazzbridge.org

Mission

A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization established in 2004 by a group of caring jazz musicians and supporters. Our mission is to assist jazz and blues musicians living in the Greater Philadelphia Metro area who experience financial, health and similar crises, while building awareness of the rich cultural jazz tradition of this community. 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" Board Member Jim Miller to be named a "Jazz Hero" by the Jazz Journalists Association 2013 Board President Rhenda Fearrington named a "Jazz Hero" by the Jazz Journalists Assn. 2018 Executive Director Jeff Duperon receives the 2018 Philly Celebrates Jazz Award from the City of Phila. Jazz Bridge Co-Founder Suzanne Cloud named a "Jazz Hero" by the Jazz Journalists Association 2019

Ruling year info

2007

Program Director

Kim Tucker

Main address

4323 Main St. Box 20 One Nickel Co-Working/Office Suites

Philadelphia, PA 19127 USA

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EIN

76-0820953

NTEE code info

Arts Service Activities/Organizations (A90)

Personal Social Services (P50)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Jazz Bridge Neighborhood Concerts

The Neighborhood Concerts Series evolved from a concert series Suzanne Cloud began in 2003 at a community center in Collingswood, NJ. The monthly concerts run from October through May and are hosted by noted jazz artists (who live in the community where the series is produced) who book nationally known jazz and blues artists who happen to live in the Greater Philadelphia and New York City Metro areas. Kevin Johnson, Board Vice President hosts the “Jazz in Collingswood” series; pianist Dave Posmontier hosts the “Jazz in Cheltenham” series, and vocalist, Board President, Rhenda Fearrington host the “Jazz at Fellowship Hall,” series in Roxborough, a section of Philadelphia PA. These series foster a community approach to an appreciation of the arts by presenting jazz and blues as a local artistic exchange via low cost tickets and a Q&A with the artists after an hour-long concert. Through these series, Jazz Bridge provides needed work for musicians and vocalists and conducts community outreach for the organization.

Population(s) Served
Adults

In addition to presenting concerts, Jazz Bridge also confidentially assists jazz and blues musicians who are in crisis with a variety of needs.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

PennArts Partner Grant 2009

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts/Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance

PennArts Partner grant 2010

Pennsylvania Council on the Arts/Greater Philadelphia Cultural Allaince

Verstality, Entertainment and Image 2009

Philadelphia Verstality, Entertainment and Image Award Organization

Grant for "Voices from the Philadelphia's Jazz Past" 2011

Pennsylvania Humanities Council

Humanties Partner of the Year Award 2013

Pennsylvania Humanities Council

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Ticket sales to Concerts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Related Program

Jazz Bridge Neighborhood Concerts

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

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

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Women and girls, Men and boys, LGBTQ people

Related Program

Client Crisis Help

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

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

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

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 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.

Financials

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Operations

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

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JAZZ BRIDGE PROJECT INC

Board of directors
as of 2/9/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Rhenda Fearrington

Barnes and Noble

Term: 2018 - 2020


Board co-chair

Mr. Kevin Johnson

American Water

Term: 2018 - 2020

Rhenda Fearrington

Barnes and Noble

Carol Rogers

Healthy Philadelphia (retired)

Janet Parrish

City of Philadelphia Attorney (retired)

Kevin Johnson

American Water

Alan Lewine

Owlsong Productions;Attorney (retired)

Judith Herbst

Keswick Theater

Alan Brown

WXPN

Watson Wilkins

Retired

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and 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 and 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

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/09/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data