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Jimmy Scott
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of Jimmy Scott, recipient of a 2007 NEA Jazz Masters fellowship, the nation's highest honor in jazz. Jimmy Scott was considered one of the jazz communities best singers, even named by...
headshot of David DiChiera
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of David DiChiera , founder of the Michigan Opera Theatre, educator, composer, and recipient of a 2010 NEA Opera Honors Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Throughout his...
A man smiles while sitting at a piano
It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of Randy Weston , pianist, composer, and 2001 NEA Jazz Master, the nation’s highest honor in jazz. We join the jazz community in mourning his death while celebrating his life and many...
four headshots of NEA Jazz Masters
Washington, DC—Each year, the National Endowment for the Arts bestows the nation’s highest honor in jazz—the NEA Jazz Masters Fellowships—on individuals who have made significant contributions to the art form. Today, the NEA is announcing the four newest recipients of this...
Collage of photos of the 2018 NEA Jazz Masters: Dianne Reeves, Todd Barkan, Joanne Brackeen, Pat Metheny
Washington, DC—Each year the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) honors individuals whose talent and dedication have made an impact on jazz in this country. In celebration of the 2018 NEA Jazz Masters— Todd Barkan , Joanne Brackeen , Pat Metheny , and Dianne Reeves —the NEA,...
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Washington, DC —Each year, more than 4,500 communities large and small throughout the United States benefit from National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) grants to nonprofits. For the NEA’s first of two major grant announcements of fiscal year 2018, more than $25 million in grants...
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Washington, DC —High school students have the chance to win a music publishing deal and $25,000 scholarship as part of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge . The NEA confirmed details of the competition’s prizes; all six finalists will...
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The National Endowment for the Arts announces more details on emergency funding for the arts communities in Florida, Puerto Rico, Texas, and the U.S. Virgin Islands impacted by recent hurricanes. The state arts agencies in those states requested emergency funding from the NEA...
Man looks closely at a blade he is forging
Washington, DC —In honor of National Veterans and Military Family Month in November, the National Endowment for the Arts is posting new resources at arts.gov as part of Creative Forces: NEA Military Healing Arts Network . Personal stories and new research highlight both the...
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It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of Frank Corsaro, stage director, librettist, and recipient of a 2009 NEA Opera Honors Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Corsaro was born in New York City in 1924. He...

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