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

Tuesday, February 7 2012


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 second consecutive year the foundation has chosen to bestow this grant to the university in support of the festival.

The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation was established in 1988 by Microsoft co-founder Paul G. Allen. The foundation’s mission is to transform lives and strengthening communities by fostering innovation, creating knowledge and promoting social progress.

“We are fortunate that the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation is in our region and has the resources to support this programming. They will be making an indelible difference in the Pacific Northwest for years to come," said Steven D. Remington, executive Director of the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. "There aren't a lot of organizations out there that understand and appreciate the importance of community building and cultural literacy in rural areas,” said Remington.

Promoting the arts and cultural events is central to the foundation’s mission. Through its Arts and Culture Program it contributes to the health and vibrancy of cities and towns throughout the Pacific Northwest by nurturing artistic expression and promoting critical thinking through the creation and presentation of compelling artistic programs.

The Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival is one of the region’s largest and most anticipated education jazz festivals with thousands of students participating annually. The grant will be used to pay national artists to perform at the festival. The festival will take place Feb. 22-25 at the University of Idaho.

For more information about the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival, visit www.uidaho.edu/jazzfest. For more information about the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation visit www.pgafoundations.com.
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