Chamber Music America Announces Over $175,000 in Grants for Jazz Presenters

For Immediate Release
Contact: Nichole L. Knight
212-242-2022 ext. 106

NEW YORK, NY (February 29, 2016)—Chamber Music America (CMA), the national network for ensemble music professionals, today announced the distribution of over $175,000 through its Presenter Consortium for Jazz (PCJ) grant program.

Established in 2014 to encourage the performance of small ensemble jazz music across the country and foster collaboration among presenting organizations, PCJ grants support consortiums of three U.S. presenters to collectively engage up to three professional U.S. jazz ensembles.

This year’s grantees, chosen by an independent panel of jazz presenters, include twelve non-profit organizations presenting five jazz ensembles across the country. Though varied in scope—the organizations include festivals, performance spaces, universities, and multidisciplinary arts centers—all of this year’s presenter-grantees share a demonstrated commitment to providing new and enriching experiences for their communities. The performing ensembles, which range in size from trio to 10-piece, embody the broad spectrum of styles that comprise the contemporary American jazz scene.

Project grants totaling $115,461 provide key funding for the ensembles’ concert fees, travel and housing expenses, and the presenters’ marketing, production, and administrative costs through June 2017. An additional $60,000 is distributed for general operating support. PCJ grants are generously supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

This year’s grantees are:

BlackRock Center for the Arts (Germantown, MD), Lake Placid Center for the Arts (Lake Placid, NY), and Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University (Lewisburg, PA) presenting the Edmar Castaneda Trio

PCJ Grantee 2016 BlackRock Center for the Arts

Earshot Jazz Society of Seattle (Seattle, WA), PDX Jazz (Portland, OR), and Outpost Productions (Albuquerque, NM) presenting Rudresh Mahanthappa and Bird Calls, and the Steve Lehman Trio

PCJ Grantee 2016 Earshot Jazz Society of Seattle

Painted Bride Art Center (Philadelphia, PA), Arts for Art (New York, NY), and CapitalBop (Washington, D.C.) presenting Michele Rosewoman and New Yor-Uba

PCJ Grantee 2016 Painted Bride Art Center

Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI), Brubeck Institute (Stockton, CA) and Walton Arts Center (Fayetteville, AR) presenting Edward Simon and Afinidad with guest artists.

PCJ Grantee 2016 Western Michigan University

About Chamber Music America
Chamber Music America, the national network for ensemble 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.

About Doris Duke
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.