The Monterey Jazz Festival has been received significant grant awards from regional and national funders.
Monterey Jazz Festival, a leader in the jazz world since its inception in 1958, is pleased to announce that it has received $116,500 in grants, including a grant for $50,000 from the Monterey Peninsula Foundation to support the Festival’s jazz education programs; a $40,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support the 58th Monterey Jazz Festival; a $20,000 community impact grant from the Community Foundation for Monterey County to support the Traveling Clinicians program; a $4,500 grant from the Arts Council for Monterey County and a $2,000 grant from the Bill Graham Supporting Foundation of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, to support the Festival’s jazz education programs.
As a nonprofit, Monterey Jazz Festival is devoted to education by presenting year-round local, regional, national, and international programs. Schools in Monterey County and thousands of students have been the benefactors of the Festival’s educational efforts through the Traveling Clinicians Program, Summer Jazz Camp and Monterey County All-Star Bands, which embark on annual performance trips each summer. The Festival now spends over $500,000 annually on its education programs, including the Next Generation Jazz Festival, gathering the best student bands from across the nation each spring, the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra, selecting the country’s best musicians for summer tour each year, and the Artist-In-Residence program, which brings an renowned artist to work with young musicians in performances and clinics at the Next Generation Jazz Festival, Summer Jazz Camp, and the Monterey Jazz Festival.
“The contributions received by Monterey Jazz Festival from individuals and organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts and the Arts Council for Monterey County reflect the impact that we have on both the national and local scale,” said Andrew Sudol, development director for the Festival. “Their support makes it possible for our staff to expand America’s cultural legacy by providing jazz education and performances of the highest quality through our jazz clinics in schools, the Next Generation Jazz Festival, Summer Jazz Camp, the Next Generation Jazz Orchestra and of course, the Monterey Jazz Festival itself.”
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