NEA Jazz Masters Live grants support performance and educational activities featuring NEA Jazz Masters, recipients of the nation's highest honor in jazz. The program, administered by Arts Midwest, celebrates these living legends who have made exceptional contributions to the advancement of jazz, and offers audiences the unique opportunity to share the artists' expertise in performances, master classes, clinics, lectures, and short-term residencies.
Since its inception in 2008, NEA Jazz Masters Live has provided 57 grants to arts organizations, with has resulted in 134 performances and 193 outreach activities at 33 venues nationwide. To date, 51 NEA Jazz Masters have participated with performances and educational activities. More than 200,000 people were reached, including over 13,000 youth.