Newport Jazz Press Room
Thursday, March 06, 2014
Natixis Global Asset Management Launches 2014 Jazz Diplomacy Project
A series of events focused on connecting cultures, uniting communities and enhancing the lives of individuals around the world.
Natixis Global Asset Management (NGAM), one of the world’s leading asset managers, today announced the launch of the “2014 Jazz Diplomacy Project,” which includes high-level panel discussions and roundtables, two renowned jazz festivals, and a series of more than 200 events celebrating jazz and bringing together thought leaders to explore solutions to challenges facing the world today. “Historically, jazz has served as a unifying force bringing people together to engage in a healthy dialogue around issues critical to society,” said John Hailer, president and chief executive officer, Natixis Global Asset Management – The Americas and Asia. “We are launching this project to put the spotlight on this inspiring American tradition as a reminder of what we can accomplish through the power of collaboration.”
As a part of the Jazz Diplomacy Project, NGAM will provide support to the Foundation for the National Archives, the Newport Jazz Festival and the Berklee College of Music to sponsor a series of events throughout the year. In conjunction with several of the events, NGAM plans to host roundtable discussions on critical issues facing America today, including education, immigration and the economy. The firm also plans to draw on the lessons learned from past jazz diplomacy efforts to advocate for potential solutions. Follow #jazzdiplomacy on Twitter for updates on upcoming events.
Jazz and U.S. History
The Jazz Diplomacy Project’s events start at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. with a series of programs exploring the history of jazz, its role in America’s culture, and diplomatic relations. The National Museum’s jazz programming begins on April 24 – during National Jazz Appreciation Month – and spans the next five months, during which the museum and the nonprofit Foundation for the National Archives will present jazz-related panel discussions, concerts, film screenings, special events, and family activities exploring one of America’s greatest cultural exports.
“Natixis Global Asset Management is a tremendous supporter of jazz,” said Patrick M. Madden, executive director of the Foundation for the National Archives. “Their partnership aligns with the Archives’ desire to celebrate how jazz brings people together and crosses cultures. Our programs will showcase key records from the Archives’ holdings and great music. During this series, audiences will be entertained and surprised at the varying connections between this American art form and our government.” Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival
The Jazz Diplomacy project will continue NGAM’s long-standing support of the Newport Jazz Festival by sponsoring the 60th anniversary of the Festival on August 1–3. “The Newport Jazz Festival is the crown jewel of the music world,” said Hailer. “It’s an honor to be associated with the festival that has been bringing together diverse groups of people to celebrate jazz for so many years.”
“We’re pleased to have the continued support of Natixis Global Asset Management as we celebrate Newport Jazz Festival’s incredible milestone of 60 years,” said George Wein, producer and chairman of the Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc. “We’re thrilled to be able to share the gift of music and expose audiences to both the history of the legends of jazz and the up-and-coming talents.”
Showcasing a New Generation of Performers
The Jazz Diplomacy project is also helping new artists by partnering with Berklee College of Music to sponsor their summer concert series that occurs throughout Boston, showcasing a diverse group of up-and-coming musicians from around the world. The firm will also provide funding to help produce the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival on September 27.
“The Summer in the City Concert Series and the BeanTown Jazz Festival are two of our very best contributions to the local community – the world’s next great artists performing throughout Boston all summer long. You can be among the first to see their careers take flight,” said Berklee College of Music President Roger Brown. "We have forged a strong and productive partnership with Natixis Global Asset Management over the past few years, and we are honored to continue working together.”
The Next Generation of Jazz Diplomacy
In September, NGAM will award three $5,000 scholarships to young, aspiring jazz musicians. Each of the student musicians will submit an essay expressing their dreams of improving the world through the power of music. The three recipients will be selected based on their essays, musical ability and potential for success.
2014 Jazz Diplomacy Project Schedule of Events
April 24: Jazz Diplomacy: Sending America’s Music to the World panel discussion at the
National Archives’ William G. McGowan Theater. archivesfoundation.org/jazz
May: Young Founders Society concert and From the Vaults: Jazz Diplomacy film screening
at the National Archives’ William G. McGowan Theater.
May–September: Berklee College of Music’s Summer in the City Concert Series, free outdoor performances held in neighborhoods throughout Metro Boston.
June 19: Jazz in the USA: On the 60th Anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival panel discussion and Jazz Diplomacy Media Roundtable at the National Archives’ William G. McGowan Theater.
July: From the Vaults: Jazz Diplomacy film screening and Author Lecture based on new books related to jazz.
August 1–3: Newport Jazz Festival® presented by Natixis Global Asset Management celebrates its 60th anniversary at International Tennis Hall of Fame and Fort Adams State Park in Newport, Rhode Island. Natixis Global Asset Management Newport Jazz Festival Scholarships will be presented. newportjazzfest.org
September 27: Berklee College of Music’s Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival, Boston’s biggest block party spanning six blocks in Boston’s historic South End. Natixis Global Asset Management will present the Natixis-Berklee City Music Scholarship Award. beantownjazz.org
About Natixis Global Asset Management, S.A.
Natixis Global Asset Management, S.A. is one of the 15 largest asset managers in the world based on assets under management.1 Its affiliated asset management companies provide investment products that seek to enhance and protect the wealth and retirement assets of both institutional and individual investor clients. Its proprietary distribution network helps package and deliver its affiliates’ products around the world. Recognized as the #1 U.S. mutual fund family for 2013 performance in the annual Barron’s/Lipper Fund Family Ranking,2 Natixis Global Asset Management, S.A. brings together the expertise of multiple specialized investment managers based in Europe, the United States and Asia to offer a wide spectrum of equity, fixed-income and alternative investment strategies.
Headquartered in Paris and Boston, Natixis Global Asset Management, S.A.’s assets under management totaled $867.2 billion (€629.2 billion) as of December 31, 2013.3 Natixis Global Asset Management, S.A. is part of Natixis. Listed on the Paris Stock Exchange, Natixis is a subsidiary of BPCE, the second-largest banking group in France. Natixis Global Asset Management, S.A.’s affiliated investment management firms and distribution and service groups include Absolute Asia Asset Management; AEW Capital Management; AEW Europe; AlphaSimplex Group; Aurora Investment Management; Capital Growth Management; Caspian Private Equity; Darius Capital Partners; Gateway Investment Advisers; H2O Asset Management; Hansberger Global Investors; Harris Associates; IDFC Asset Management Company; Loomis, Sayles & Company; McDonnell Investment Management; Natixis Asset Management; Ossiam; Natixis Environnement & Infrastructure Luxembourg; Reich & Tang Asset Management; Snyder Capital Management; Vaughan Nelson Investment Management; and Vega Investment Managers. Visit ngam.natixis.com for more information.
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.
2 Barron's/Lipper 2013 one-year fund family ranking based on 64 qualifying U.S. fund companies. Each fund family must have at least three funds in Lipper's general U.S.-stock category, one world (global and international), one mixed-asset/balanced (stocks and bonds), two taxable bond and one tax-exempt bond fund. Natixis was not ranked for the 5- and 10-year periods. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. For more details visit ngam.natixis.com/TopFundFamily.
3 Assets under management (AUM) may include assets for which non-regulatory AUM services are provided. Non- regulatory AUM includes assets which do not fall within the SEC’s definition of ‘regulatory AUM’ in Form ADV, Part 1.