Natixis Global Asset Management Second-Year Presenting Sponsor for the 2012 Berklee College of Music Summer in the City Series

By
Liz Burg
May 30, 2012

Berklee College of Music today announced that for the second consecutive year Natixis Global Asset Management (NGAM), one of the world's leading asset managers, will be the presenting sponsor of more than 115 free outdoor music performances scheduled from May through September. The performances comprise Berklee's 2012 Summer in the City series held in neighborhoods throughout metro Boston. The 2012 series culminates with the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival on September 29. The full concert schedule is available at berklee.edu/events/summer.

"This year, we will also award the second annual $5,000 Natixis-Berklee City Music Scholarship to a student musician," said John Hailer, president and chief executive officer, Natixis Global Asset Management - the Americas and Asia. "Through our ongoing partnership with Berklee College of Music, we are committed to providing meaningful education and enrichment opportunities to motivate young artists seeking careers as professional musicians."

Headquartered in Paris and Boston, NGAM provides investment solutions to both institutional and individual clients. The Berklee Summer in the City sponsorship is the second phase of a new multi-year global NGAM music sponsorship program designed to align business objectives with initiatives that preserve cultural experience through music. Summer in the City concerts bring neighborhoods alive with free programs of pop, rock, jazz, Latin, blues, flamenco, and Celtic. The Boston-area concerts take place in destinations throughout the city from the Prudential Center, Atlantic Wharf, the Greenway, and Georges Island to communities with strong cultural identities ranging from Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, East Boston, and the South End.

Among the many outstanding performers this summer are Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition Award-finalist Felix Peikli, June 7, Atlantic Wharf; SXSW veterans Canary, June 16, Georges Island; UK jazz contest finalists the Yesberger Band, June 21, Club Passim; flamenco virtuosa Ariadna Castellanos Rivas, July 9, Regattabar; Monterey Jazz Festival-bound pianist Matt Savage, August 19, Spectacle Island; Lollapalooza star Julia Easterlin, August 18, Georges Island; and soul, funk, and hip- hop group Cosmodrome, September 6, Fashion's Night Out, Newbury Street, Boston.

On September 29, the 2012 Summer in the City series comes to a close with Boston's biggest block party. Spanning six blocks in Boston's South End starting at Massachusetts Avenue, the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival features three stages of live performances, family activities, and booths with crafts and food. The festival, now in its 12th year, is free and open to the public.