DATE: November 27, 2012

Healdsburg Jazz Festival Receives NEA Grant to Support Tribute to Charlie Haden

 832 Art Works grants totaling $23.3 million in funding nationwide announced

Healdsburg — National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced today that the Healdsburg Jazz Festival is one of 832 non-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. 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 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,” said Chairman Landesman. “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 discipl! ines and fields, and focus primarily on the creation of work a! nd prese ntation 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