For Immediate Release
November 1, 2011
Contact: Cultural Industry Investment Fund (firstname.lastname@example.org)
THE NATIONAL JAZZ MUSEUM IN HARLEM SOUNDS A HIGH NOTE
WITH MULTI-YEAR GRANT FROM UMEZ CULTURAL INDUSTRY INVESTMENT FUND
New York, NY – Kenneth J. Knuckles, President & CEO of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation (UMEZ) has presented the National Jazz Museum in Harlem with a multi-year grant of $600,000, which will assist the Museum as it builds its administrative infrastructure and programming capacity for long-term expansion.
Since opening its East Harlem Visitors Center five years ago, the Museum has established itself as a vital and growing presence in Harlem. Its programs include “Harlem Speaks,” “Jazz for Curious Listeners,” and “Jazz for Curious Readers,” as well as films, panel discussions and live music performances. The Museum also presents programs in partnership with the Apollo Theater, the Schomburg Center, the Museum for the City of New York and Harlem Stage, as well as with other notable NYC institutions. The Museum has recently added an audio feature to its website that allows audiences from around the world to listen to most events on-line.
The Museum garnered wide recognition in 2010 with its acquisition of the historic Savory Collection of unique, high-quality jazz recordings from the 1930’s and 1940’s. This achievement was reported on the front page of The New York Times and in three subsequent days of coverage; it was also featured on CBS Evening News, Newsweek, NPR, the BBC and many other international media outlets. The collection has since been in the process of archiving, restoring and digitizing the original, fragile discs.
UMEZ has awarded the National Jazz Museum in Harlem a multi-year grant of $600,000 to support its capacity-building plans, including the creation of new positions in finance, development, marketing and operations; board development; acquisition of equipment and software; and re-branding. These efforts will support the National Jazz Museum in Harlem as it transforms itself into an institution with improved infrastructure, stability and the capacity to serve its growing audience.
ABOUT THE UPPER MANHATTAN EMPOWERMENT ZONE (UMEZ)
UMEZ’s mission is to sustain the economic revitalization of Upper Manhattan through job creation, corporate alliances, strategic investments and small business assistance. UMEZ seeks to revitalize distressed areas in the Zone by using geographically targeted public funds and tax incentives as catalysts for private investment. In Upper Manhattan, the communities that lie within the Empowerment Zone's borders include Harlem, East Harlem, Washington Heights and Inwood.
ABOUT THE CULTURAL INDUSTRY INVESTMENT FUND (CIIF)
UMEZ’s Cultural Industry Investment Fund celebrates Upper Manhattan’s rich cultural history while supporting vibrant new legacies. The work of CIIF is shaped by two primary themes: community building through a cultural and economic lens; and the repositioning of Upper Manhattan as one of New York City’s primary cultural districts. CIIF investments are designed to yield long-term, permanent change for resident cultural organizations, specifically through capacity building, organizational development, and/or enhanced stability. As a result, Upper Manhattan’s cultural organizations are able to leverage new resources, generate new jobs and attract new tourism, thereby spurring economic activity in their communities.