Newport Jazz and Folks Festival Go Non-Profit
The Festivals will now be produced under the umbrella of Newport Festivals Foundation, Inc., a newly-formed 501(c)(3) organization. They will still be produced by George Wein and his veteran staff.
Under Newport Festivals Foundation, each festival will continue the tradition of featuring established and emerging performers. The Jazz Festival will present musicians who follow the traditions of New Orleans, swing, bebop and modal as the heart of jazz music. In addition, the Foundation will honor the evolving cultural expression and freedom of creativity necessary to the growth and continuing vitality of the music.
The Foundation will continue the Newport Folk Festival by maintaining the excellence of artists in the tradition of Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan and others, in addition to presenting performers who respect and honor these folk music traditions while reflecting the changes in today's music trends.
Through the establishment of partnerships with local schools and colleges/universities, the Foundation will develop programs to help educate young people, primarily from Rhode Island and New England, about jazz and folk music.