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Pew Center Awards Grants, Fellowships to Jazz Artists and Projects

2016 grants total more than $10 million

PRISM Quartet

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage has awarded more than $10 million in grants to support the work of 53 cultural organizations and artists in the Philadelphia region.

This year’s funding will provide support for the creation of 12 new Pew Fellowships, 36 project grants and five advancement grants.

Pew Fellows each receive an award of $75,000 to aid in work that spans music, dance, theater, poetry, sound design, film and interdisciplinary practices.

Jazz artists receiving fellowships include saxophonist and composer Matthew Levy and jazz bassist and composer Jymie Merritt.

“The talented artists and dynamic organizations that make up our 2016 grantees will enhance the cultural life of the region with exciting new projects and rich artistic voices,” said Paula Marincola, the Center’s executive director, in a press release. “The Center has been privileged to fund work by an extraordinary constituency of practitioners-from major civic institutions, to independent artists and curators, to artist-driven and community-based organizations-for over a decade. We look forward to the outstanding cultural experiences our newest group of grantees will bring to our community.”

The Center will also provide several project grants to the area’s jazz groups, including the PRISM Quartet who, according to the Center’s website, “will explore the artistic possibilities that arise at the intersection of saxophone music, technology, and time-based visual art, to lay the foundation for an evening-length production.” (Levy is a member of the quartet.)

Jazz Bridge, a nonprofit organization, received funding to host “Philadelphia Real Book Concerts – New Music in Jazz and Blues,” a four-part concert series headlined by guitarists Pat Martino and Monnette Sudler, pianist Dave Burrell and saxophonist Jimmy Heath. The series will feature music “inspired by the first published collection of compositions by the city’s jazz artists.”

A full list of grantees can be accessed at

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