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Monterey Jazz Festival Receives Grants

$285,000 will fund festival’s various programs

Bill Frisell
Jack DeJohnette, jazz drummer supreme

The Monterey Jazz Festival has recently received a variety of grants to support its various programs. The Surdna Foundation awarded the festival a three-year grant totaling $225,000 to go toward funding the Next Generation Jazz Festival and the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra. This annual festival and competition allows for a very elite contest atmosphere for high school and college groups to perform at the Monterey Conference Center. The Next Generation Jazz Orchestra comprises a selection of the best high school jazz musicians in the country; the group then tours both nationally and internationally.

The festival also received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The $50,000 Art Works grant and the $10,000 Jazz Masters Live Program grant will help to fund the festival’s artist-in-residence, commission artist and showcase artist for this year’s festival. The 2012 artist-in-residence is trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, who will be a performer and clinician during the Next Generation Jazz Festival March 30-April 1, and a mentor and clinician for the festival’s summer jazz camp, June 11-22. Guitarist Bill Frisell fills the position of the 2012 commission artist, tasked with composing a new work to debut at the festival. Finally, drummer/composer Jack DeJohnette will be the festival’s 2012 showcase artist, scheduled to perform throughout the festival weekend.

More information about the festival and its various affiliated programs can be found at

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