NEA Announces $250K in Grants to Presenters

Fifteen non-profit organizations to receive funds to present NEA Jazz Masters in concerts and workshops

Rocco Landesman
Paquito D'Rivera
2011 NEA Jazz Masters, along with Rocco Landesman and Wayne Brown from NEA and Adrian Ellis from Jazz at Lincoln Center

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Earlier this month, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) chairman Rocco Landesman announced that the NEA is giving a total of $250,000 to 15 non-profit arts organizations in order to present NEA Jazz Masters, past and present, in their area. The program-NEA Jazz Masters Live-was created in partnership with the Arts Midwest organization and will support performance and educational activities featuring NEA Jazz Masters. According to a press release received at JT, the program “offers audiences the unique opportunity to share the artists’ expertise in performances, master classes, clinics, lectures, and short term residencies.”

Among the NEA Jazz Masters participating in NEA Jazz Masters Live events are musicians Dave Brubeck, Paquito D’Rivera, Jimmy Heath, and Randy Weston, as well as jazz historians and educators Dan Morgenstern and Gunther Schuller, and record producer George Avakian.

“Live interactions between musicians and audiences are essential to jazz,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman in the press release. “These NEA Jazz Masters Live grants will provide audiences across the country direct interaction with those who have shaped, encouraged, and developed this original American art form.”

Organizations chosen for the 2011 NEA Jazz Masters Live are:

• 92nd Street Y, Young Men’s & Women’s Hebrew Association (New York, NY)

• Artists Collective (Hartford, CT)

• Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, Flynn Center for the Performing Arts (Burlington, VT)

• Centrum (Port Townsend, WA)

• Charlie Parker Jazz Festival (New York, NY)

• Contemporary Arts Center (New Orleans, LA)

• Global Jazz Institute, Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA)

• KCSM FM Jazz 91 (San Mateo, CA)

• Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival (Moscow, ID)

• Litchfield Jazz Festival (Kent, CT)

• Outpost Productions (Albuquerque, NM)

• Portland Jazz Festival (Portland, OR)

• SFJAZZ (San Francisco, CA)

• Tanglewood Jazz Festival, Boston Symphony Orchestra (Boston, MA)

• Tri-C JazzFest (Cleveland, OH)

For more information about this program and the NEA Jazz Masters, you can visit the NEA website dedicated to the Jazz Masters.