Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival Receives Grant from Paul G. Allen Family Foundation

Tuesday, February 8 2011

Written by Steven Nelson

MOSCOW, Idaho – The University of Idaho Foundation has received $20,000 from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation to support the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. This is the first time the 44-year-old festival has received a grant from the foundation.

The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation was established in 1996 by Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen. The foundation’s mission is: Transforming lives and strengthening communities by fostering innovation, creating knowledge and promoting social progress.

“This is the first real success in getting foundation funding,” said Katherine Aiken, dean of the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

Aiken notes that the money is important, but the foundation's public support provides momentum for future fundraising efforts. “The grant is a major accomplishment and is due in no small part to John Clayton’s artistic vision,” she notes.

The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival is one of the world’s largest education jazz festival with thousands of students participating annually. The grant will be used to pay national artists to perform and hold workshops at the festival.

For more information about the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, visit The festival will take place Feb. 23-26 at the University of Idaho.

For more information about the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation visit
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