Six Jazz Musicians Receive Doris Duke Artist Awards

Artists to receive total of $1.65 million

Steve Coleman
Ambrose Akinmusire
Muhal Richard Abrams
Darcy James Argue

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The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation has announced the names of 20 new “Doris Duke Artists,” among which are six jazz musicians. Each will receive $275,000 in flexible, multi-year funding.

Since the awards program’s inception, $6.6 million of the $22 million awarded in all has gone to 24 jazz artists.

In 2015, six of the total 20 Doris Duke Artists are jazz musicians and include:

Muhal Richard Abrams (New York, NY)

Ambrose Akinmusire (Los Angeles, CA)

Darcy James Argue (New York, NY)

Steve Coleman (Allentown, PA)

Okkyung Lee (New York, NY)

Yosvany Terry (New York, NY)

According to a press release, “To qualify for consideration by the review panels, all the Doris Duke Artists must have won grants, prizes or awards on a national level for at least three different projects over the past 10 years, with at least one project having received support from a DDCF-funded program. The panel chose the artists based on demonstrated evidence of exceptional creativity, ongoing self-challenge and the continuing potential to make significant contributions to the fields of jazz, contemporary dance and theatre in the future. By the end of the initiative, 100 artists will have been named Doris Duke Artists.”

Additionally, all Doris Duke Artists receive the opportunity to nominate artists who inspire them for the Doris Duke Impact Award, the other awards program presented through DDPAA.

For more information, visit Doris Duke Performing Artist Awards.