December 18, 2013; Monterey, Calif; Monterey Jazz Festival, a leader in jazz education since its inception in 1958, is pleased to announce that it has received a $37,500 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the 57th Annual Monterey Jazz Festival in 2014.
“Monterey Jazz Festival is grateful for the support from the National Endowment for the Arts, which allows for the participation of NEA Jazz Masters, and other incredible jazz artists who perform, adjudicate, educate and mentor young musicians in our youth jazz education programs and at the Monterey Jazz Festival itself,” said Andrew Sudol, development director for the Festival. “In 2014, MJF plans to invest over $600,000 to provide the best in youth jazz education and the NEA continues to be a dedicated and generous partner in providing jazz to students and audiences alike.”
Acting NEA Chairman Joan Shigekawa said, "The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support these exciting and diverse arts projects that will take place throughout the United States. Whether it is through a focus on education, engagement, or innovation, these projects all contribute to vibrant communities and memorable experiences for the public to engage with the arts."
Art Works grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence: public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancing the livability of communities through the arts. The NEA received 1,528 eligible Art Works applications, requesting more than $75 million in funding. Of those applications, 895 are recommended for grants for a total of $23.4 million.
For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA Web site at www.arts.gov.
About Monterey Jazz Festival
Monterey Jazz Festival celebrates the legacy of jazz and expands the boundaries of and opportunities to experience jazz through the creative production of performances and educational programs.
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