The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation announced the five jazz organizations and related festivals receiving grants totaling $1 million through the Leadership Grants Program for Jazz. The Leadership Grants for Jazz will go to the City Parks Foundation of the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival, the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation of the Detroit Jazz Festival, the Jazz Institute of Chicago of the Chicago Jazz Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival and the Newport Festivals Foundation of the Newport Jazz Festival.
The City Parks Foundation of the Charlie Parker Jazz Festival in New York City, New York, will receive $75,000 to investigate ways to digitally record the audio and visuals of the performances for present and future audiences; and research options for the development of local and affordable rehearsal or informal performance spaces, in support of the artists’ artistic exploration.
The Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation of the Detroit Jazz Festival in Detroit, Michigan, was awarded $200,000 to develop and implement DJFLIVE, an app designed to extend the stage experience; increase visitors’ access to other media by the artists; support the artists by giving them greater public exposure; and continue to connect with the festival’s existing audience across North America and beyond.
$225,000 wil go to The Jazz Institute of Chicago of the Chicago Jazz Festival in Chicago, Illinois, to support staff dedicated to developing long-term streams of corporate and philanthropic support; forge collaborations with new local communities, including youth involved in spoken word and hip-hop; and advance the strategic use of technology to streamline organizational processes.
The Monterey Jazz Festival in Monterey, Calif., will receive $400,000 to connect with younger and more ethnically diverse communities; invest in efforts to evaluate and understand the impact of its decades-long educational programming; and develop new nonprofit and corporate relationships that can help support the festival’s future.
The Newport Festivals Foundation of the Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, R.I., will use the $100,000 it was awarded to reinforce the festival’s capacity to maintain strong, ongoing relationships with artists as well as to invite emerging artists to perform; encourage musicians to create their own compositions by commissioning new music; and exploring ways to strengthen the long-term careers of artists who debut at the festival.