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American Jazz Masters Fellowships

National Endowment for the Arts > American Jazz Masters Fellowships


Program Description:

As part of its efforts to honor, assist, encourage, and present those artists and forms of artistic expression and practice that reflect the many cultural traditions that make up our nation, the Arts Endowment annually awards up to three one-time-only American Jazz Masters Fellowships. These fellowships are for distinguished jazz artists who have made a significant contribution to the art form. The selection criteria are excellence and significance of the contribution to the jazz art form in the African-American tradition. This fellowship category is not open to application. Fellowships are awarded to living artists on the basis of nominations from the public including the jazz community. The recipients must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Posthumous fellowships will not be awarded.


General Program Requirements:

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a US citizen with current or past experience as a musician. You must also be recognized in your field for significant contributions in art, humanities or humanitarian efforts.





Loan Terms:

Not Applicable


Application Process:

For more information, see the Program Contact Information below.


Program Contact Information:

For more information about this program, and instructions on how to nominate an individual, visit:


Managing Agency:

National Endowment for the Arts

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