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  1. MBC resumes on-site operations with safety guidelines in place

    As on-site operations resume, Manchester Bidwell Corporation (MBC) has taken significant measures to help ensure the health and safety of staff, students and visitors on our campus. The protocols and plans set forth will continue to be updated, revised or rescinded, as needed, as conditions change. Together, these measures will help protect our community from exposure to COVID–19.

    Safety Guidelines & Procedures

    We have worked diligently to develop and implement comprehensive safety guidelines and procedures for the resumption of on-site operations that align with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Pennsylvania Department of Education and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expectations and standards.

    Stopping the Spread of Germs

    While on MBC’s campus, all staff, students and visitors must adhere to the following:

    • CDC-approved face masks that cover the nose and mouth are mandatory and are to be worn at all times while on MBC’s campus. If a person does not have a mask, our Human Resources office will provide them with one.
    • Staff, students and visitors must employ social distancing by staying at least 6 feet (about two arms’ length) from other people as much as feasible in all areas of MBC’s campus including classrooms, hallways, restrooms and common areas.
    • Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the buildings that are a part of MBC’s campus. The stations are to be used as needed and hand-washing for at least 20 seconds is also encouraged throughout the day.

    General Operational Changes

    • MBC wants to remain welcoming to those interested in our work while ensuring the safety and security of our staff and students. We are currently conducting tours by appointment only with a limited number of visitors allowed. All visitors must adhere to our safety guidelines by wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. Those interested in booking tours should contact:

    Taylor Fife, Digital Marketing Specialist

    412-323-4000, ext. 195 or tfife@manchesterbidwell.org

    • Bidwell Training Center will not be conducting in-person information sessions our tours of their facilities at this time. Their informational session has moved to an online format.
    • MCG Jazz’s box office is operating remotely. They have also rescheduled spring concerts for the fall and have created an interactive, digital brochure for their new season.
    • MCG Youth & Arts will hold this year’s summer studio sessions virtually and this year’s MCG Invitational took place online. There are currently no artist exhibitions on display at our facilities.
    • The Drew Mathieson Center is offering contact-less pickup.

    Cleaning Procedures

    MBC’s programs and departments conducting in-person operations are committed to cleaning and disinfecting high-touch areas frequently. Employees are also encouraged to disinfect their workspaces every day once arriving to work and before leaving.

    Protecting our Employees

    In the event of a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19, administration will be informed immediately. Administration will implement a response plan which includes the following:

    • Securing and decontaminating the affected areas by:
      • Closing off areas visited by the person with a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19;
      • Opening outside doors and windows and using ventilation fans to circulate air in the area;
      • Waiting at least 24 hours, or as long as practical, before cleaning and disinfecting the affected area;
      • Cleaning and disinfecting all shared areas such as offices, bathrooms, break rooms and shared electronic equipment (i.e., tablets, touch screens, keyboards, remote controls);
    • Identifying employees who were in close contact (within about 6 feet for 10 minutes or more) with a person with a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19 from the period 48 hours before symptom onset to the time at which the patient isolated.
      • If any employee who was in close contact remains asymptomatic, the employees should adhere to the practices set out by the CDC in its April 8, 2020 Interim Guidance for Implementing Safety Practice for Critical Infrastructure Workers Who May Have Had Exposure to a Person with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19;
      • If the affected employee becomes sick during the workday, the person will be sent home immediately. Surfaces in the employee’s workspace will be cleaned and disinfected. Information on other employees who had contact with the ill employee during the time the employee had symptoms and 48 hours prior to symptoms will be compiled. Others at the workplace with close contact within 6 feet of the employee during this time are considered exposed;
      • Employees who were in close contacts of any known exposure to COVID-19 at the business premises will be promptly notified, consistent with applicable confidentiality laws.

    We are also helping our employees take care of not just their physical safety and well-being but also their mental health by providing them with resources.

    For More Information

    Manchester Bidwell Corporation cares about our community and is committed to providing the population we serve with helpful resources during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit our resource page containing more health and safety tips, educational programming, student and patron relations and community welfare services.

    For any additional questions or concerns about MBC’s efforts related to COVID-19, please contact us.

  2. Become a helper in a time of critical need, participate in #GiveBigPittsburgh

    Give Big Pittsburgh's COVID-19 Response

    In response to the immediate and unprecedented need caused by COVID-19, we invite you to participate in #GiveBigPittsburgh, a day of giving and unity. Starting at midnight on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, you can make a donation to Bidwell Training Center, MCG Jazz and/or MCG Youth & Arts.

    Why Should I Give?

    For more than 50 years, Manchester Bidwell Corporation (MBC) has weathered difficult times and continued to serve people in need largely thanks to the generous support of our community. We’ve created diverse programming, empowered adults-in-transition and transformed the lives of countless urban and at-risk youth with the help of our donors.

    We ask that you join our family of donors because now more than ever we need your generosity to continue our mission of transforming lives.

    Your donation helps the laid-off single mother who needs career training to get a new job, the musician who was forced to cancel their gigs at local restaurants and the child who uses art as a way to cope with losing a loved one.

    In philanthropy, donors have an opportunity to do more than simply witness, but rather to act. Now is a great opportunity for each of us and our families to reflect on how we share, collaborate, invest and give to our neighbors.

    Become a helper. Your gift, regardless of size, will make a huge impact.

    How Do I Give?

    Starting at midnight on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, you can make a donation to Bidwell Training Center, MCG Jazz and/or MCG Youth & Arts.

    Donate to Bidwell Training Center:  http://bit.ly/givebigbtc

    Donate to MCG Jazz: http://bit.ly/givebigmcgjazz

    Donate to MCG Youth & Arts: http://bit.ly/givebigmcgyouth

    Our commitment to our mission remains as strong as ever and we are grateful for your support during this challenging time. The MBC family thanks you!

    Join the Movement on Social Media

    Follow MBC’s and its affiliates’ social media channels on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and use the hashtags, #GiveBigPittsburgh, #GivingTuesdayNow and #GiveMBC to show your support and encourage donor participation. If we see your post, we may even like or share it on our social pages!

    About Give Big Pittsburgh’s COVID-19 Response Campaign

    Rather than waiting until the Tuesday after Thanksgiving (Giving Tuesday) to launch the fourth annual Give Big Pittsburgh campaign, Pittsburgh Magazine is jumping in now with the COVID-19 Response Campaign, an effort to assist in raising critical dollars — in the safest way possible — for nonprofits in Western Pennsylvania during this time of exceptional need.

    Nationally, this initiative is inspired by Giving Tuesday and its #GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving and unity, designed to drive an influx of generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation and support for communities and nonprofits around the world.

  3. MBC COVID-19 closure update

    Manchester Bidwell Corporation and its affiliates and programs have always acted with the health and safety of our students, staff, and patrons as our primary priority, and in accordance with all government orders during this crisis. Our past anticipated re-open dates were based on the latest government orders. Based on the indefinite nature of Governor Tom Wolf’s latest order, we do not want to set an arbitrary re-open date. With the new guidance from the federal government and under the best-case scenario we are hoping to resume full operations Monday, May 4, 2020. However, this can certainly change.

    For over 50 years, Manchester Bidwell Corporation’s success has come from adapting to the needs of the community and the market, and we are currently operating under that mindset. Please stay tuned to all our affiliates’ communications as they announce new, creative ways to provide the programming the community desperately needs.

    Our foundational principles are steering us now more than ever. We must fill our new confined environments with beauty, light, and hope to shape positive behavior. We are relying on our creativity more than ever to fuel enterprise. Finally, in a time filled with despair, we must always remember people are assets not liabilities.

    We appreciate your patience and help during this time.

  4. MBC closure extended to April 6

    In accordance with Governor Tom Wolf’s order, Manchester Bidwell Corporation and its affiliates and programs will extend its closure with hopes to reopen April 6.

    We continue to ask all to please stay tuned to our websites, social media outlets, and emails as the situation with COVID-19 remains fluid.

    We sincerely thank you for your patience during this time.

  5. Manchester Bidwell Corporation Temporary Closure

    Due to an abundance of caution and in concert with new state-wide guidance around COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), Manchester Bidwell Corporation (MBC) and its affiliates and programs will be closed effective immediately. We will reopen March 23. Performances held at MBC will be postponed through March 31.

    While there has been no report of COVID-19 infection in Allegheny County at the moment, we are prudently going to deep clean and sanitize all common areas and offices to help slow the spread of the virus. While closed, no one is allowed in any of our facilities without the approval of MBC President & CEO Kevin Jenkins.

    During our closure, staff will still be compensated.

    For our students and patrons, you will receive specific communication from our affiliates and programs, but we want to provide you with some basic information. Bidwell Training Center students, all programs will be extended by the amount of time missed due to the closure. For MCG Youth & Arts students, our upcoming spring enrollment and trimester will be postponed, and a new date will be announced. For our MCG Jazz patrons, customers with tickets to performances in March will be contacted with information on exchanges, donations, and rescheduled dates.

    We will continue to stay in contact with appropriate officials and entities regarding any new guidance in slowing the spread of the virus. We ask that all staff, students, and stakeholders, stay tuned to our websites, social media channels, and emails for any changes to the current closure.

    We sincerely thank you for your patience, cooperation, and understanding during this time.

  6. MCG Jazz declared one of the world’s best jazz venues for ninth year in a row

    MCG Jazz is featured in the February issue of DownBeat magazine as one of the world’s greatest jazz venues of 2020. MCG Jazz is the only jazz venue in Western Pennsylvania and has won this title for the ninth year in a row. This is not only because there is not a bad seat in the house, but also for the free parking, personalized ticket concierge, open-seat ticket notifications and new this season, their pre-show dinners.

    MCG Jazz invites you to see their award-winning venue for yourself at their upcoming concert featuring jazz vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant & Sullivan Fortner on February 21 at 9:30 p.m.

     

  7. MCG Jazz’s “Diva + The Boys” album hits #1 on JazzWeek

    The Diva Jazz Orchestra’s “Diva + The Boys” album cover.

    Congratulations to The DIVA Jazz Orchestra for hitting #1 on JazzWeek with “DIVA + THE BOYS!” This is tremendous feat and we are honored that the album has touched so many people. We have enjoyed working with DIVA over the years. This album features four soloists Ken Peplowski, Jay Ashby, Claudio Roditi and our Executive Producer Marty Ashby with exciting arrangements filled with fire, finesse, and swing.

    “This is a well-deserved accomplishment by The DIVA Jazz Orchestra. MCG Jazz has enjoyed a wonderful relationship with the DIVA organization for over 25 years and we are thrilled to help bring their brilliant music to the public,” said Ashby.

    DIVA + THE BOYS is available for purchase: http://bit.ly/mcgjazz-diva.

  8. Join us for GiveBigPittsburgh 2019!

    It is officially the season of giving and there is no better way to end the year than by giving back to your community! Get ready to give! Starting at 12 a.m. on December 3rd, visit GiveBigPittsburgh’s website and make a donation to Bidwell Training Center, MCG Jazz and/or MCG Youth & Arts. Your donation serves as an investment in Manchester Bidwell Corporation (MBC) and the people whose lives we transform every day. Whether its $5 or $50, no gift is too small to make a BIG impact on your community.

    Donate to Bidwell Training Center: http://bit.ly/givebigbtc

    Donate to MCG Jazz: http://bit.ly/givebigmcgjazz

    Donate to MCG Youth & Arts: http://bit.ly/givebigmcgyouth

    About GiveBigPittsburgh

    GiveBigPittsburgh raises money for local nonprofits through a single online donation platform, providing a simple way to connect donors to the charitable causes they care about most. This 24-hour online fundraising effort, hosted by Pittsburgh Magazine and local sponsors, offers nonprofits the chance to raise funds to support their critical missions. Learn more.

    Thank you from all of us here at MBC!

  9. Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild Jazz publishes first book “Spirit to Spirit”

    Always looking to preserve, present and promote jazz, MCG Jazz has published its first book, “Spirit to Spirit: A Portrait of Pittsburgh Jazz in the New Century.”

    In 2018, MCG Jazz focused on Pittsburgh’s important jazz history with the release of the documentary “We Knew What We Had: The Greatest Jazz Story Never Told,” and now it is focused on the city’s current jazz community.

    Award-winning Pittsburgh chroniclers Abby Mendelson and David Aschkenas set out on a two- year-long quest listening, interviewing and photographing the city’s current, rich jazz life. Designer David Wachter crafted the material into this visionary book.

    Readers will enjoy profiles from prodigies barely out of high school to legendary icons like Roger Humphries.

    “Spirit to Spirit” is available for purchase at mcgjazz.org and on Amazon.

    Front cover of “Spirit to Spirit: A Portrait of Pittsburgh Jazz in the New Century.”

     

     

  10. Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild Jazz releases two new albums

    Jazz fans can enjoy two new albums from MCG Jazz this year that travel the spectrum between fierce and full of swing to quiet and introspective.

    MCG Jazz has been involved with The Diva Jazz Orchestra—an ensemble of 15 talented female musicians— since its inception. In 2017, the orchestra wanted to try a project working with male soloists and performed on the MCG Jazz stage with Ken Peplowski, Jay Ashby, Claudio Roditi, and MCG Jazz Executive Producer Marty Ashby. From that live performance came the album “Diva + The Boys.” The collaborations led to exciting arrangements filled with fire, finesse, and swing. “Diva + The Boys” debuted at #16 on JazzWeek.

     

     

    “For All We Know” is an album that was also built off a growing collaboration. Gloria Reuben’s last album “Perchance to Dream”—released on the MCG Jazz record label—ends with a duet between Reuben and Ashby. The chemistry behind creating that track led to this new collection of tunes that speaks to the deeply personal, often heart breaking, and eternally hopeful nature of love and relationships. Recorded in New Orleans, LA, all of the songs evoke in the listener the question: how do you face the denial, sorrow, and anger that arises from a break-up and pick yourself up to start over?

     

    Both albums are available for purchase at mcgjazz.org.