Newport Jazz Fest Gets Grant

The Newport Jazz Festival has received a grant that’s helping to pay for a third day of music focused on emerging artists.

The Newport Festivals Foundation, which runs the jazz and folk festivals, said on Thursday that it received a $40,000 grant from the Rhode Island Foundation for the second consecutive year.

Festival producer George Wein says the money helps bring new and exciting acts to Rhode Island, and keeps people in the area longer.

Neil Steinberg, president of the Rhode Island Foundation, calls the jazz festival a “legendary music event” and says it’s helping to attract a new generation of fans.

The jazz festival opens July 31 at Fort Adams with acts including Grammy winning collective Snarky Puppy and composer and jazz drummer John Hollenbeck.