The 2012 Monterey Jazz Festival is six months and two days but the event and its organizers continue to make news. In this case, MJF has announced securing two significant grants.
The Monterey Jazz Festival is pleased to announce that the Surdna Foundation has awarded a three-year grant totaling $225,000 to support Monterey Jazz Festival’s Next Generation Jazz Festival and Next Generation Jazz Orchestra through 2015.
“The Monterey Jazz Festival is excited and extremely grateful to the Surdna Foundation for their assistance in funding these two vital cornerstones of our program,” said Paul Contos, Education Director of the Monterey Jazz Festival. “The opportunity to bring young musicians from multiple disciplines throughout the United States is invaluable – to experience what it means to be professionals and passionate artists. These programs would not be possible without Surdna’s assistance in supporting these important resources for young people.”
The Monterey Jazz Festival has also received a $50,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and an additional $10,000 NEA Jazz Masters Live Program grant to support the Festival’s Artist-In-Residence, Commission Artist and Showcase Artist for the 55th Monterey Jazz Festival in 2012.
“The NEA has been an important supporter of our education programs over the last 20 years,” said Tim Jackson, Artistic Director of the Monterey Jazz Festival. “The ability to present superlative jazz artistry as diverse as Jack DeJohnette, Bill Frisell and Ambrose Akinmusire is a foundation of our mission and I am proud the NEA shares our vision.”