On behalf of the American people, the federal government recognizes outstanding achievement in the arts through the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Fellowships; National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowships; and National Medal of Arts, a presidential award.
NEA Jazz Masters Fellowships
Begun in 1982, the nation's highest honor in jazz.
National Heritage Fellowships
Begun in 1982, the nation's highest honor in the folk and traditional arts.
National Medal of Arts
Begun in 1985, the nation's highest award given to artists and arts patrons.
Watch a conversation with the 2022 NEA Jazz Masters Stanley Clarke, Donald Harrison, Jr., Billy Hart, and Cassandra Wilson hosted by SFJazz Executive Artistic Director Randall Kline. Find more NEA Jazz Masters content, including video tributes and past concerts, on our YouTube channel at YouTube.com/NEAarts.Watch the video!