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National Endowment for the Arts – Jazz Masters Fellowship — Nominations Accepted

Synopsis: The NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship is the highest honor that our nation bestows upon a jazz musician. Each year since 1982, the program has elevated to its ranks a select number of living legends who have made exceptional contributions to the advancement of jazz.

The Arts Endowment will honor musicians who represent a range of styles and instruments. In addition, one fellowship — the A.B. Spellman NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship for Jazz Advocacy — will be given to an individual who has made major contributions to the appreciation, knowledge, and advancement of the American jazz art form. In 2006, this award was designated in honor of A. B. Spellman, a jazz writer, accomplished poet, innovative arts administrator, and former NEA Deputy Chairman, who has dedicated much of his life to bringing the joy and artistry of jazz to all Americans.

The NEA Jazz Masters Fellowship category is not open to application. Fellowships are awarded to living individuals on the basis of nominations from the public including the jazz community. Nominees must demonstrate a significant contribution to the art form through their nationally recognized and publicly accessible body of work in the field of jazz. The recipients must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Posthumous nominations or awards will not be considered. Individuals who have previously received a NEA lifetime honor award (National Heritage Fellowship, Jazz Masters Fellowship, or an Opera Honor) are not eligible.

Awards will be up to $25,000 and may be received once in a lifetime. No payment will be made to the estate or heirs of a deceased recipient.

Online nominations must be received by October 1, 2012.

The official announcement and description of this opportunity may be found on the funding agency’s website:

Award Amount: Each award is $25,000.

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