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Ragtimer Reginald Robinson Receives Genius Grant

Ragtime pianist and composer Reginald R. Robinson is one of 23 recipients of the 2004 MacArthur Fellowship, also known as the “genius grant.”

The fellowship, awarded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, includes $500,000 in support paid out over the next five years. There are no rules regarding how this money is to be spent. The fellowship is designed to highlight the importance of the creative individual in society and fellows are chosen based on their originality, creativity, and their potential. Nominees are never informed of their nomination and the winner only finds out after he or she receives the official phone call.

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