Kuumbwa Jazz receives NEA grant to support Jazz Masters

Kuumbwa Jazz receives NEA grant to support Jazz Masters
Grant one of 832 Art Works grants totaling $23.3 million in funding nationwide

[December 5, 2012, Santa Cruz, CA]— National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced today that Kuumbwa Jazz is one of 832 non-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. Kuumbwa Jazz is recommended for a $25,000 grant to support the presentation of up to three legendary Jazz Master in concert.

“Under the leadership of Artistic Director/Co-Founder Tim Jackson, Kuumbwa Jazz has become one of the nation’s premier nonprofit jazz presenters,” says Managing Director Bobbi Todaro. “We are particularly proud to share with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) a commitment to honoring the legacy of jazz by introducing audiences to Jazz Masters, the most respected and legendary performers of the genre. Since our founding 37 years ago, Kuumbwa Jazz has presented concerts by 77 of the 124 jazz greats who have now been named by the NEA as Jazz Master Fellowship Recipients. With the NEA’s continued support, Kuumbwa Jazz in 2013, is honored to continue this tradition.”

“I’m proud to announce these 832 grants to the American public including the presentation of Jazz Masters by Kuumbwa Jazz,” said Chairman Landesman. “These projects offer extraordinary examples of creativity in our country, including the creation of new work, innovative ways of engaging audiences, and exemplary education programs.”

In March 2012, the NEA received 1,509 eligible applications for Art Works requesting more than $74 million in funding. The 832 recommended NEA grants total $22.3 million, span 13 artistic disciplines and fields, and focus primarily on the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing works for the benefit of American audiences. Applications were reviewed by panels of outside experts convened by NEA staff and each project was judged on its artistic excellence and artistic merit.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at arts.gov

Kuumbwa Jazz is a nonprofit jazz presenting and education organization since 1975.

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