BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Natixis Global Asset Management (NGAM), one of the world’s leading asset managers, and Berklee College of Music announced today that Readville resident Samuel Joseph will receive this year’s $5,000 Natixis-Berklee City Music Scholarship Award on Saturday, September 28 during the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival. The scholarship will cover the cost to attend Berklee’s Five-Week Summer Performance Program.
“We’re looking forward to another fun BeanTown Jazz Festival and the great memories created at this landmark event,” said John Hailer, president and chief executive officer, Natixis Global Asset Management – The Americas & Asia. “The festival is free and provides terrific opportunities for families to come together to hear exceptional music.”
As part of NGAM’s broad efforts to expose students to the benefits of music, the firm has engaged in multi-year sponsorship agreements with Berklee College of Music for their Summer in the City Concert Series and BeanTown Jazz Festival, and with the Newport Festivals Foundation for the world-renowned Newport Jazz Festival. The firm also expanded its music scholarship program this year to include three $5,000 scholarships for talented high school students to further their musical and college pursuits. Two scholarships were awarded at the Newport Jazz Festival last month to selected student musicians from the Rhode Island Music Educators Association Jazz Band and the Massachusetts Music Educators Association All-State Jazz Band.
“This year’s theme at BeanTown – Jazz: The Next Generation – ties in nicely with the Natixis-Berklee City Music Scholarship,” Hailer added. “Samuel is a smart, wonderfully determined young person who is committed to his music and this scholarship will help achieve his dreams of a music education.”
“Natixis Global Asset Management is a great partner for Berklee College of Music because the firm understands the power of music to build a better world,” said Berklee College of Music President Roger Brown. “We’re grateful for their continued support of young musicians and look forward to another successful festival.”
The Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival – Boston’s biggest block party – takes place on Saturday, September 28, from noon to 6 p.m. on Columbus Avenue between Massachusetts Avenue and Burke Street in Boston’s South End. The outdoor performances are open to the public free of charge. Highlights include Meshell Ndegeocello; Will Calhoun Trio, led by the Grammy Award-winning alumnus and drummer of the band Living Colour; and Robin McKelle & the Flytones.
Celebration of this year’s Jazz: The Next Generation theme includes performances by some of the genre’s most acclaimed up-and-coming alumni artists, including Grammy-nominated trumpeter Christian Scott; Mike Tucker Trio featuring vibraphonist Warren Wolf; and the Matt Savage Quartet featuring sax great Bobby Watson.
Faculty and students also play a major role, with performances by faculty artists Lawrence “Larry” Watson & the Workforce, The Bell Affair, Matt Jenson & the Liquid Revolution, and Rick DiMuzio Quintet; and students including Berklee Global Jazz Ambassadors featuring Adam Cruz, Jazz Revelation Records artist the Simon Moullier Quartet, Giorgi Mikadze Group, the Berklee P-Funk Ensemble and the Berklee City Music All Stars Big Band Jazz Ensemble. Street performers Marcus Santos & Bloco AfroBrazil will perform throughout the afternoon.
The Natixis Family Park will transform Carter Playground on Columbus Avenue with activities including inflatables, face painting, and an instrument petting zoo staffed by Berklee professionals. The park also hosts KidsJam, an interactive program led by Berklee’s Music Education department, introducing young children to a variety of musical activities, including singing and sound exploration, playing rhythm instruments, and creating, listening, and responding to music.
The outdoor celebration also features a variety of vendor booths offering foods and crafts from all over the world.
Check beantownjazz.org for updates and a full schedule of events.
About Berklee College of Music
Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music. For more than 65 years, the college has evolved to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business, leading the way with the world’s first baccalaureate studies in jazz, rock, electric guitar, film scoring, songwriting, turntables, electronic production, and more than a dozen other genres and fields of study. Berklee serves distance learners worldwide through its award-winning online extension school, Berklee Online. The college’s national after-school music program for underserved teens, the Berklee City Music Network, is in 30 cities and counting. A new campus in Spain, Berklee in Valencia, began hosting the college’s first graduate programs in the fall of 2012. With a diverse and talented student body representing more than 80 countries, and alumni and faculty that have collectively won more than 270 Grammys and Latin Grammys, Berklee is the world's premier learning lab for the music of today – and tomorrow.
About Natixis Global Asset Management, S.A.
Natixis Global Asset Management, S.A. (ngam.natixis.com) ranks among the world’s 15 largest asset managers.1 As a multi-affiliate company, NGAM brings together the expertise of multiple specialized investment managers under one umbrella with the belief that this combined expertise offers unique market perspective. The firm spreads this same ideal in the global community by sponsoring programs and events that help enrich the lives of individuals and enhance and preserve the cultural experience for future generations through music.
1 Cerulli Quantitative Update: Global Markets 2013 ranked Natixis Global Asset Management, S.A. as the 15th largest asset manager in the world based on assets under management as of December 31, 2012.