John Newcott

Director of Donor Development

John started working for WBGO in June 2010 as the Interim Marketing Manager, coming on full-time in January 2011 as a Major Gifts Officer. During his time in the Development Department, John’s responsibilities have included managing both the Individual and Institutional giving programs. His primary responsibilities now consist of directing WBGO’s efforts in: Major Donors (Jazz Leadership Society); Vehicle Donations; Matching Gifts; Legacy Giving and Travel/Events.

Prior to coming to WBGO, John was in the Recording Industry, having worked in Sales/Marketing for Polygram/Universal from March 1982 to January 2010, including 5 years as the Senior Director of Marketing for Verve Records. A composer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, jazz has been a huge part of his life, both as listener and performer, since his late teens. John truly believes in WBGO: its mission, staff and primary goal of converting more listeners into contributors.

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