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French-American Jazz Exchange Announces Five Grants

Jon Irabagon, William Parker and Amir ElSaffar are among those chosen

Jon Irabagon performs with Dee Dee Bridgewater; Oct. 26, 2008, Los Angeles
William Parker
Amir ElSaffar and Hafez Modirzadeh
William Parker

Five grants will be awarded to jazz artists by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and FACE (French-American Cultural Exchange). The awards, totaling $111,930, are in support of the 2012-2013 French-American Jazz Exchange (“FAJE”) program. According to a press release, “FAJE is dedicated to furthering the creative and professional development of jazz artists from France and the United States through the interchange of artistic practice and exposure to new constituencies. FAJE is made possible through the generous support of Cultural Services of the French Embassy, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs de Musique (SACEM), Florence Gould Foundation and InstitutFrançais.”

Two artists from France and two from the United States review grant applications and serve as panelists. The panel this year included:

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