Grants totaling $235,000 will support 224 live, entry-free events throughout United States and Canada
NEW YORK, March 30, 2022 /CNW/ – The recording industry’s Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF) announced today that it has completed its fundraising plans to celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month throughout the month of April. In 30 days, more than 60 North American markets will enjoy 224 live, entry-free performances. The funding will help professional musicians perform at community venues, schools and senior centers, and via live streaming from MPTF and community partner Facebook event pages.
“Seeing the big names in jazz in the region work again is exciting and so important,” said the MPTF administrator, Dan Beck.
“To see regional jazz greats working again, coming out of the last 24 months of the pandemic, is hugely exciting and so culturally significant,” said MPTF Administrator, Dan Beck. “Jazz Appreciation Month has been central to the MPTF’s efforts throughout its history,” he added.
Public performances are planned from Saskatoon for San Antonio, Honolulu for Houston and many intermediate points; each will explore aspects of this uniquely American art form. All performances were coordinated through the efforts of local chapters of the American Federation of Musicians. Some larger events were organized over several days in the form of mini-festivals, such as:
- vibe adelphia in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- The future of jazz Indianapolis, Indiana
- Explosion of the Big Band in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota
Performances supported by the MPTF include 163 in-person events and 61 livestreamed concerts, 46 of which will be streamed via the MPTF’s Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/the.mptf. Music enthusiasts are encouraged to like and follow the page for a full schedule of streaming events and to receive event notifications.
Jazz Appreciation Month was established at the Museum of American History in 2001 to recognize and celebrate the extraordinary heritage and history of jazz, and to stimulate and encourage people of all ages to participate – to study music , go to concerts, listen to jazz on the radio. and recordings, read jazz books and more.
About the MPTF: The music industry’s Music Performance Trust Fund (MPTF) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit public service organization whose mission is to support free live events performed by professional musicians across the United States and Canada. Established over 70 years ago, the MPTF is funded by music companies such as Sony Music, Universal Music Group and Warner Music Group.
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