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

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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Timothy Orr, Marketing Associate
Monterey Jazz Festival
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Monterey Jazz Festival Partners:
Alaska Airlines, North Coast Brewing, Scheid Vineyards, Yamaha, Inns of Monterey, The Jazz Cruise/The Smooth Jazz Cruise, Macy’s, Motéma Music, Hyatt Regency, Amoeba Music, KUSP 88.9FM, Downbeat, Jazziz, JazzTimes, Gallien-Krueger, Remo, Zildjian, Big Sur Land Trust, Monterey Peninsula College, Monterey-Salinas Transit
Monterey Jazz Festival also receives support for its Jazz Education Programs from Arts Council for Monterey County, AT&T Foundation, Community Foundation of Monterey County, D’Addario Music Foundation, Ella Fitzgerald Charitable Fund, Harden Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, James Irvine Foundation, Monterey Peninsula Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, David & Lucile Packard Foundation, Pebble Beach Company Foundation, Quest Foundation, Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation, Rotary International, Upjohn California Fund, Union Bank Foundation, Surdna Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation, and generous individual contributors.