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Grants to Newport Jazz Festival showcase emerging artists
By Chris Barnett / July 24, 2015 /   Loading Disqus...

The Newport Jazz Festival will be able to stage a third day of performances featuring emerging artists thanks in part to $40,000 in grants from the Rhode Island Foundation.

The performances will take place Fri., July 31, at Fort Adams State Park. A grant from the Rhode Island Foundation last year helped the Festival stage a third full day of performances for the first time in decades.

“We are grateful that the Rhode Island Foundation has chosen to invest in the Newport Festivals Foundation for the second consecutive year to help us not only bring new and exciting music to the area, but also to encourage more visitors to Newport for a longer duration,” said George Wein, producer of the Newport Jazz Festival and chairman of the Newport Festivals Foundation. “Over the past four years, we have presented 45 young artists that should become known to jazz fans, and we’re pleased that Friday at the Fort continues to be a perfect platform for nurturing the future of jazz.”

This year, the Foundation awarded $35,000 as part of its grantmaking in the arts and $5,000 through the Thomas DePetrillo and Carol Keefe Fund.

“We’re proud to continue to support this legendary music event as it showcases emerging stars, attracts a new generation of fans, and fills local hotels, restaurants, and attractions with visitors for an extra day,” said Neil Steinberg, the Rhode Island Foundation’s president and CEO.

Non-stop music including concerts with Snarky Puppy, John Hollenbeck, Ambrose Akinmusire, Matana Roberts’ Coin Coin, Lucky Peterson, Bria Skonberg, Christian McBride, and the University of RI Newport Big Band will take place on three stages from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fri., July 31.

The Newport Jazz Festival, presented by Natixis Global Asset Management, will take place from July 31 to Aug. 2, at Fort Adams and the International Tennis Hall of Fame at the Newport Casino. Among the acts set to perform are Chris Botti, Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Jamie Cullum, Cassandra Wilson, Dr. John, Arturo Sandoval, Jack DeJohnette’s Made in Chicago, Cecile McLorin Salvant, and Ms. Lisa Fischer & Grand Baton.

The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island.  In 2014, the Foundation made grants of more than $34.8 million in grants to organizations addressing the state’s Rhode Island’s most pressing issues and needs of diverse communities. Through leadership, fundraising and grantmaking activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true potential. 

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