National Endowment for the Arts Announces Grant to Berklee

By
Liz Burg
November 29, 2010
Nona Hendryx sings to festival goers at the 2010 Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival.
A young boy tests out his guitar skills out with the help of a Berklee supervisor at the Instrument Petting Zoo at the Target Family Park during the 2010 Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival.
Music lovers filled Boston's Columbus Avenue to experience the 2010 Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival.
Photo Phil Farnsworth
Photo Phil Farnsworth
Photo Phil Farnsworth

Rocco Landesman, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, today announced that Berklee College of Music has been approved for a grant of $20,000 to support the 2011 Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival. Berklee is one of 1,057 not-for-profit organizations recommended for a grant as part of the federal agency's first round of fiscal year 2011 grants. In total, the arts endowment will distribute $26.68 million to support projects nationwide.

An independent agency of the federal government, the National Endowment for the Arts advances artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. "I continue to be impressed with the creative, innovative, and excellent projects brought forward by arts organizations across the country," said Landesman. "Our grantees are not only furthering their art forms but also enhancing their neighborhoods by making them more vibrant, livable, and fun."

Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival presents world-class jazz and jazz-influenced performances on three stages, food from around the city and region, and family-friendly activities stretching six blocks in Boston's historic South End. Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival is Boston's most popular outdoor festival and brings together people from diverse communities throughout the city and region. The 2011 Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival will take place on September 24, 2011.

The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government that has awarded more than $4 billion on projects of artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector.  To join the discussion on how art works, visit the National Endowment for the Arts at arts.gov.