Chamber Music America Announces $214,000 in Grants for Jazz Presenters

For Immediate Release
Contact: Jeanette Vuocolo
(212) 242-2022 Ext. 103


Fifteen presenting organizations awarded funding through Presenter Consortium for Jazz program

NEW YORK, NY (February 16, 2015)—Chamber Music America (CMA), the national network for ensemble music professionals, today announced the distribution of $214,000 through its Presenter Consortium for Jazz grant program. Established in 2014, Presenter Consortium for Jazz provides support to consortiums of three U.S. presenters to collectively engage up to three professional U.S. jazz ensembles to perform at each presenter’s venue.

The goals of the program are to encourage and support the performance of jazz across the country and to foster collaboration and resource-sharing among presenters.

This year’s grantees, chosen by an independent panel of jazz presenters, include five jazz ensembles and fifteen non-profit presenting organizations located in cities spanning the United States. The performing ensembles range in size from trio to septet, and embody the broad spectrum of styles that comprise the contemporary American jazz scene.

Project grants totaling $139,000 provide key funding for the ensembles’ concert fees, travel and housing expenses, and the presenters’ marketing, production, and administrative costs. An additional $75,000 is distributed for general operating support. Presenter Consortium for Jazz is generously supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

This year’s grantees are:

The Acadiana Center for the Arts (Lafayette, LA), the Banners Series at McNeese University (Lake Charles, LA), and the Manship Theatre at the Shaw Center for the Arts (Baton Rouge, LA)
Presenting the Paquito D’Rivera Quintet

The Asia Society (New York, NY), Duke Performances (Durham, NC), and Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN)
Presenting Rez Abbasi’s Invocation

Cornish Presents (Seattle, WA), the Musical Instrument Museum (Phoenix, AZ), and SF Jazz (San Francisco, CA)
Presenting the Vijay Iyer Trio

Earshot Jazz (Seattle, WA), Helena Presents/Myrna Loy Center (Helena, MT), and the John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts (Eugene, OR)
Presenting Wayne Horvitz and Some Places Are Forever Afternoon

Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center (Buffalo, NY), the Kerrytown Concert House (Ann Arbor, MI) and MDC Live Arts (Miami, FL)
Presenting the Taylor Ho Bynum 7-ette

For more information on CMA’s Presenter Consortium for Jazz program, including past grantees, visit www.chamber-music.org/

Chamber Music America, the national network for chamber music professionals, was founded in 1977 to develop, support, and strengthen the chamber music field. With a membership of nearly 6,000, including musicians, ensembles, presenters, artist managers, educators, music businesses, and advocates of ensemble music, CMA welcomes members representing a wide range of musical styles and traditions. CMA provides its members with grant programs, consulting services, access to instrument and other insurances, conferences, seminars and several publications, including Chamber Music magazine; the weekly e-newsletter Accent; and a member-driven website, www.chamber-music.org.

The mission of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is to improve the quality of people’s lives through grants supporting the performing arts, environmental conservation, medical research, and child well-being, and through preservation of the cultural and environmental legacy of Doris Duke’s properties.