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DC Jazz Festival Receives NEA Jazz Masters Live Grant

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The DC Jazz Festival (DCJF) today announced that it has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Jazz Masters Live grant for the fifth year. The DCJF was one of 12 non-profits selected to receive a total of $135,000 in funding.

NEA Jazz Masters Live grants help bring legendary musicians, writers, producers and scholars to communities across the nation. The DCJF employs the grant to pay homage to NEA Jazz Masters with tribute concerts at its annual festival in Washington, D.C.

In 2011, the Festival honored two acclaimed artists: saxophonist/ composer/bandleader/educator Jimmy Heath, and Latin Jazz pianist/composer/bandleader Eddie Palmieri, at its Jazz on the National Mall concert.

Each year, the DCJF presents its Lifetime Achievement Award to Jazz Masters in recognition of their indelible lifetime contributions to jazz and humanity. Past awardees have included James Moody, Ellis Marsalis, George Wein, Clark Terry, Hank Jones, Dr. Billy Taylor, Buck Hill, and Dave Brubeck.

“The DC Jazz Festival is proud to once again partner with the NEA Jazz Masters Live program, which honors living legends for their enduring contributions to the advancement of jazz," said DCJF Executive Producer Charles Fishman. “We are delighted to continue offering performances and educational activities featuring the Masters and their music in our nation's capital city."

“There is no substitute for being in the presence of a great artist, and through the NEA Jazz Masters Live grants, the NEA is pleased to provide opportunities for Americans all across this country to have exactly that experience," said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “Twelve exceptional organizations will be our partners this year, and we are pleased to once again work with Arts Midwest in administering these grants."

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About the DC Jazz Festival:
With over 100 performances in nearly 50 venues, the DC Jazz Festival (DCJF) is the largest festival in Washington, D.C. A project of Festivals DC, Ltd., a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, the DCJF is one of the most popular, highly-anticipated cultural events in the nation's capital. The Festival has garnered widespread media acclaim, and has quickly become recognized within the global jazz community. The DCJF presents year-round programs with performances featuring local, nationally and internationally acclaimed artists that promote music integration in school curricula, and actively support community outreach to expand and diversify its audience of jazz enthusiasts. The 2012 DC Jazz Festival will take place June 1 through June 10. For more information about the DC Jazz Festival and upcoming programs, visit www.dcjazzfest.org.

The DC Jazz Festival® is sponsored in part with a grant from the Government of the District of Columbia, Vincent C. Gray, Mayor; and, in part, by awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Festivals DC, Ltd, the parent organization of the DC Jazz Festival, is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. Tax ID # 20-1799842. CFC #17778. United Way #9401.

The Catalogue for Philanthropy has selected the DC Jazz Festival (Festivals DC) as one of the best small nonprofits in the Greater Washington Region for 2011/2012!

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