Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc.™ Announces Plans to Expand 2014 Newport Jazz Festival® to Three Days
Grants from Rhode Island Foundation will help underwrite additional day to showcase for “emerging” performers
The Newport Festivals Foundation Inc.™ (NFF) announced today that it will add a third day of music featuring new and emerging artists at the 60th anniversary of the historic Newport Jazz Festival®. The additional concert, funded in part by a $40,000 grant from the Rhode Island Foundation, is set for Friday, August 1, from 11:30 am - 6:00 pm at Fort Adams State Park.
Tickets for the inaugural Friday event go on sale Thursday, December 5, at 10:00 am through Ticketmaster at www.newportjazzfest.org and at the Newport Visitors Center (NVC), 23 America’s Cup Avenue in Newport. For NVC hours, go to www.discovernewport.org.
"We are grateful to the R.I. Foundation for their generous contribution toward a third day of concerts. We look forward to presenting a line-up of emerging artists, some young, and others who might be considered veterans but have only recently emerged as icons in the jazz realm," said George Wein, Producer of the Newport Jazz Festival and Chairman of the Newport Festivals Foundation. "We are proud to be able to present an entire day of musicians who may represent the future of jazz. The artistry of these musicians must be heard. This will be a unique contribution from the Newport Jazz Festival in fulfilling its mission, which is to make the public aware of the ever-evolving art form that is jazz."
The R.I. Foundation awarded $30,000 through its Emerging Issues Fund and $10,000 through the Susan F. Gonsalves Charitable Fund.
"It is our pleasure to support one of the world’s most renowned music events as it expands its international reach through a third day," said Neil Steinberg, the Foundation’s president and CEO. "The fact that this outstanding festival was founded and nurtured in Rhode Island is a source of great pride. We are equally excited that the grant will be used to not only introduce new artists, but also to build new audiences in our state and beyond."
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