I'd like to thank the Painted Bride Art Center, the Philadelphia Jazz Project and the Philadelphia Foundation for their ongoing support of Jazz Near You. It's a tremendous honor and the grant will go a long way in helping us raise the awareness of Jazz Near You to both fans and professionals in the Delaware Valley," stated All About Jazz and Jazz Near You Founder, Michael Ricci. With Jazz Appreciation Month in April, Jazz Near You Philadelphia activity has increased by 30% over the last three weeks and we expect continued growth moving forward as an increasing number of presenters, musicians and fans become aware of Jazz Near You and how it can directly support their promotional efforts."
Ricci continued, Jazz Near You Philadelphia is the second most active Jazz Near You website of the 250 Jazz Near You websites worldwide. The fact that it is more active than Los Angeles and Chicago indicates word of mouth has been much more effective here. With money awarded to Jazz Near You by the Philadelphia Foundation, we now have the ability to build awareness in venues, hotels, and other physical spaces beyond the internet."
Our growth locally has been a combined effort and the primary champions have included the Jazz Bridge, All About Jazz and the Philadelphia Jazz Project.
“As we continue to propel jazz forward, we need to tackle some of the challenges that our jazz community is facing, with profit and not-for-profit entities such as the Philadelphia Jazz Project. Artists, entrepreneurs and grant funders must interact, collaborate and think outside of the box," says Homer Jackson, Director of the Philadelphia Jazz Project. Collaborating with Jazz Near You is a step in that direction. I am excited to be a part of sharing the word about Jazz Near You locally and proud that it is a home-grown, Philadelphia-area resource and business."
ABOUT JAZZ NEAR YOU
Jazz Near You is the leading platform for jazz events on the web—supporting 250 cities worldwide. Their mission is to inform jazz fans and alert them to local concerts, resulting in improved audience attendance and fostering greater collaboration in the jazz communities it serves. The Jazz Near You platform consists of a website, a weekly events newsletter, an app, maps, feeds and widgets. It's fully integrated with All About Jazz.
ABOUT PHILADELPHIA JAZZ PROJECT
The Philadelphia Jazz Project works to inspire a network to support, promote, archive and celebrate the diverse elements within the Philadelphia jazz community, with the larger goal of connecting to the global community. It is a sponsored project of the Painted Bride Art Center, with funding provided by the Wyncote Foundation.
ABOUT PAINTED BRIDE ART CENTER
The Painted Bride Art Center is a presenting arts organization located in Old City, Philadelphia. It was founded in 1969, by a group of recent graduates from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. The Bride brings together artists, audiences and communities to push the boundaries of how we create and experience art.
ABOUT PHILADELPHIA FUND FOR JAZZ LEGACY AND INNOVATION
The Philadelphia Foundation has been committed to improving the quality of life in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties for 90 years, through funds established by our donors. We believe that the health, well-being and growth of the Greater Philadelphia region depends upon strong communities comprised of healthy, well-educated, skilled, culturally inspired and economically independent individuals and families.