Healdsburg Jazz Festival Nabs NEA Grant for Tribute to Charlie Haden

Part of 832 Art Works grants totaling $23.3 million in funding nationwide.


 Healdsburg Jazz Festival is one of 832 non-profit organizations nationwide to receive a National Endowment for the Arts "Art Works" grant, NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman announced Tuesday.

Healdsburg Jazz Festival is recommended for a $20,000 grant to support a tribute to NEA Jazz Master Charlie Haden.

Tribute dates are June 1 and 2 and will be part of the larger 10-day Healdsburg Jazz Festival, May 31 – June 9, 2013. 

More than 20 performers representing various phases of the bassist-composer-bandleader's career are slated to participate in this two-day celebration of his music, culminating in a concert by the 12-piece Liberation Music Orchestra.

"I'm proud to announce these 832 grants to the American public including this tribute to Charlie Haden," Landesman said. "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  

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