NEA Jazz Masters Fellowships
The National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Fellowships are the highest honors that our nation bestows upon jazz musicians. These fellowships are given in recognition that this magnificent art form, so profoundly based in American culture, is one of America?s greatest gifts to the world.
In 2004, the size of the award was increased to $25,000 and the number of awards also grew from three to six. The expanded NEA Jazz Masters initiative includes an anthology of the Masters? music issued by Verve Music Group and a fifty-state tour of the Masters with an educational program. Radio profiles of the Masters will be instituted in 2005.
For the NEA Jazz Masters, the selection criteria are the excellence and significance of the nominees? contributions to the development and performance of jazz. The Arts Endowment will honor musicians who represent a range of styles and instruments. These awards will be categorical; i.e., a rhythm instrumentalist, pianist, solo instrumentalist, vocalist, and an arranger or composer will be honored each year.
In addition, one fellowship will be given to a jazz advocate; that is, an individual who has made major contributions to the appreciation, knowledge, and advancement of the American jazz art form.
Nominations may be made by submitting a one-page letter that details the reasons that the nominee should receive a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Fellowship. Describe the nominee?s contributions and explain why this individual deserves national recognition. Include with your nomination letter a resume or a short biography that outlines the career of the nominee.
An individual may submit only one nomination in each round of the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Fellowships. No one may nominate him/herself.
Who can apply:
Specialized Group (Health Professional, Student, Veteran)
Eligible functional categories:
Promotion of the Arts_Grants to Organizations and Individuals
FY2006 NEA Jazz Masters Fellowships
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