Dear Jazz Bridge Friend,
For the past six years, Suzanne Cloud and I have been working hard, along with our board members and volunteers, to make Jazz Bridge one of the top jazz presenters and art service organizations in the Philadelphia region. Jazz Bridge has always been about building community and making connections among diverse audiences and between audience members and the brilliant local jazz and blues artists living in our midst that Jazz Bridge nurtures and supports in time of crisis.
As President of the Board of Directors, I encourage you to join me in investing in YOUR Jazz Bridge by making an end-of-year, tax-deductible contribution. Since our inception, Jazz Bridge has been a haven for our local artists who find themselves in crisis. A problem could be as simple as a ride to a gig, or it can be as serious as having a life-threatening illness and no health insurance. This year Jazz Bridge advocated for guitarist Charles Ellerbe to get the city to demolish a derelict house leaning against his North Philly row home; we provided dental care for an elderly drummer who needed a crown and root canal; we paid utility bills to keep the heat on for a pianist, a singer and a saxophonist; we took care of property taxes to save a singer's home, and made sure a mechanic fixed the brakes on a drummer's car. And we do all this amidst a challenging economic environment and cut backs in funding.
Our Jazz Bridge Neighborhood Concerts have brought you original music from some of our best jazz and blues artists for a very family friendly price. Who can forget the Tyrone Brown String Ensemble performing in Collingswood or Ant Farm at the Cheltenham Center for the Arts? Jazz Bridge offers us opportunities to talk to our artists and participate in the artistic process. Jazz Bridge is a trusted community resource at a time of education funding cutbacks and provides a family friendly place to experience live music at its most intimate.
Join us in our spirit of sharing by making a tax-deductible contribution. Your donation will enable us to continue to support our local jazz and blues artists in crisis and to provide performance opportunities for the musicians in our midst for many years into the future. Your donation, however large or small, means so much to us and the art, artists and community we support.
For your convenience, you can donate safely and securely at our website!
Wendy Simon Sinkler