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United States Artists Announces Fellowship Grants for Six Jazz Musicians

For the second year in a row, United States Artists, a national organization that provides financial support for artists, announced the 50 recipients of their USA Fellows program. This year, all six music fellowships were given to jazz artists: composer Don Byron, Cajun musician Michael Doucet, violinist Leila Josefowicz, pianist Jason Moran (pictured), Latin jazz musician John Santos and composer and clarinetist Evan Ziporyn. Each of the musicians, who were recognized for their “artistic excellence,” will receive $50,000 of unrestricted grants.

The USA Fellows program is meant to honor artists working in eight disciplines: Architecture and Design (three fellows), Crafts and Traditional Arts (five fellows), Dance (six fellows), Literature (nine fellows), Media (five fellows), Music (six fellows), Theater Arts (six fellows) and Visual Arts (10 fellows).

This year’s fellowship recipients were selected from a pool of 344 nominated applicants ranging from 42 states. The USA Fellows will be honored this Saturday in a celebration at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles; for a complete list of the 50 recipients, visit United States Artists

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