Thanks to Everyone!

January 20, 2014

Hi Everybody,

No one on the board of directors has gotten Wendy’s report on our End-of-Year fundraising yet, but I get a sense that we had a very good year for individual donations (especially to honor the late Father John D’Amico). We are expanding our donor base as Jazz Bridge becomes well known and what that means is that we get to help more musicians than we ever have. The work it takes to keep our mission going is phenomenal and we cannot end our year without crowing about our activities.

Jazz Bridge Annual Report for 2012/2013

In addition to helping many musicians in the Philadelphia Metro area, Jazz Bridge:

  • Was chosen to participate in the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts with our original (and sold out every night) show Last Call at the Downbeat at the Society Hill Playhouse with funding from the Pennsylvania Humanities Council, the Pennsylvania  Council on the Arts, and the Philadelphia Jazz Project/Wyncote Foundation
  • Bestowed on legendary mentor Lovett Hines our “Making a Difference” award at the Painted Bride
  • Presented Neighborhood Concerts series in  Collingswood, NJ, Kennett Square, Media, Cheltenham, and in Philadelphia, PA. and started a new one in Willingboro, NJ
  • Partnered with Enroll America for a seminar on the Affordable Care Act for musicians at Drexel University College of Medicine.
  • Presented in concert pianist Elio Villafranca at Chris’ Jazz Café for our annual fundraiser
  • Received funding from Delta Dental to aid elderly musicians with oral care (shoot them an email to thank them!)
  • Received funding from the Union Benevolent Association for a bookkeeper (shoot them an email to thank them too!)
  • Received funding from the MKM Foundation for the Monnette Sudler Fund to help this fine guitarist with medical bills from a lung transplant and for our organization’s general operating expenses.
  • Published a highly popular jazz photography calendar honoring Philadelphia-area jazz and blues musicians, past and present with historical quotes for each musician.
  • Presented our first ever summer concert series in Hawthorne Park in Philadelphia in collaboration with and funding from Friends of Hawthorne Park, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and the Philadelphia Jazz Project/Wyncote Foundation.
  • Board members Jason Fifield and Jim Miller won awards from the Jazz Journalists Association for best jazz video of the year and the Jazz Hero Award, respectively. Suzanne Cloud won the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award for service to the community by Camden County, NJ
  • To cap off the year, Jazz Bridge was awarded the Humanities Partner of the Year in Harrisburg, PA by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council

Jazz Bridge took advantage of an offer from Philadelphia VIP volunteer lawyers to get a top-down overview of the organization and we came through with flying colors! They helped us revamp our bylaws to reflect our growing organization, and we purchased D&O insurance. Our donor management system Donor Snap has helped the Jazz Bridge board bring in more contributions this year too.

As soon as our IRS 990 form is completed, it will be posted here.

2014

marks our

10-year anniversary

and we want to thank all of our loyal supporters and volunteers who have helped make this organization grow.

We have lots planned to make our celebration wonderful, so stay tuned to this space!

Suzanne Cloud

Executive Director