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NEA Sends $40k Grant to DC Jazz Festival

Jazzed Magazine • News • December 19, 2013

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The DC Jazz Festival ( (DCJF) recently announced that it has been awarded a $40,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts ( (NEA) in support of its 2014 Festival, which will take place June 24-29, 2014. The Festival is being awarded one of 895 Art Works grants, and plans to allocate the funding to support its 2014 Program.

Each year, the DCJF presents more than 125 performances and programs in nearly 60 venues throughout Washington, D.C., including national monuments, theatres, museums, neighborhood arts centers, clubs, restaurants, hotels and galleries. As the largest and most diverse music festival in the nation’s capital, the DCJF reaches more than 60,000 visitors of all ages and backgrounds from across the District, as well as an increasing number of out-of-town visitors.

“The DC Jazz Festival’s mission is to provide enriching and entertaining jazz programs nationally and internationally, and to illuminate the legacy of jazz greats through the DC jazz hub,” said Michael Sonnenreich, Chairman of the DCJF Board of Directors. “We are honored to receive another Art Works grant this year, and are forever grateful to the NEA for its continued support of the Festival. We are excited to continue expanding and diversifying the audience of jazz enthusiasts through our program.”

Acting NEA Chairman 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.

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