The National Endowment for the Arts recognizes and supports a wide range of music, from classical to contemporary to America's indigenous jazz. It supports both performing ensembles and music presenting institutions including chamber music ensembles, choruses, early music programs, jazz ensembles, music festivals, and symphony orchestras.

Music Fact Sheet


Music & Opera Director

Ann Baker
Ann Meier Baker was appointed the director of Music & Opera at the National Endowment for the Arts in January...


Court Burns
Music Specialist,
Anya Nykyforiak
Music Specialist,
Katja von Schuttenbach
Jazz Specialist,

Recent Grants

An online grant search is available to find information on NEA grants from 2000 to the present.


Jnennifer Pickering
Founder and director of LEAF Community Arts

Lifetime Honors

Jazz Masters poster

Jazz Masters

The NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship is the highest honor that our nation bestows on jazz artists.

Medal of Arts

National Medal of Arts

The National Medal of Arts is the highest award given to artists and arts patrons by the United States government and is awarded by the President of the United States.


The devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 dramatically exposed the vulnerability of the arts and cultural sector in emergency preparedness and emergency response. To strengthen the understanding and readiness of...
Profiles the 2016 class of NEA Jazz Masters: Gary Burton, Wendy Oxenhorn, Pharoah Sanders, and Archie Shepp with brief biographies and selected discographies. April 2016. 28 pp.