John NewcottDirector of Individual Giving
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 for WBGO. His current responsibilities consist of working as part of the core development team in our fund-raising activities in the areas of: Jazz Leadership Society/Major Gifts; Travel/Events and as director of WBGO’s efforts in Legacy Giving.
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 teens. John truly believes in WBGO: its mission, staff and primary goal of converting more listeners into contributors.