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Music Fest Receives Prestige Grant

Performers in last year’s music festival.

The Laguna Beach Live! will receive a $10,000 grant towards its annual music festival, one of 863 awards made by the National Endowment for the Arts and a first-ever for the local music presenter.

NEA grants confer an imprimatur of quality as each organization must demonstrate artistic excellence, no matter how large or small its budget. The  NEA grant awards total $22.543 million, encompass 15 artistic disciplines and fields, and support projects in 47 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

“We are thrilled to receive this significant financial support and the recognition of excellence that an NEA grant brings to our outstanding musical organization,” said founding board member Sam Goldstein.

The Art Works grant will support the 2012 festival, Feb 6-12, week of concerts, salons, informal chats, open rehearsals and social events featuring guest artistic director Joshua Bell, composer-performer Edgar Meyer and the Calder Quartet.

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