DDCF: Vijay Iyer among winners of a worthy award

American pianist Vijay Iyer is one of five jazz artists among 21 awardees of a worthy pecuniary Doris Duke Performing Artist Award.

The grants are given by the Doris Duke Cheritable Fondation (DDCF), totaling $225,000 each, along with up to $50,000 for retirement funding. Among the chosen artists are jazzists Don Byron, Bill Frisell, John Hollenbeck and Nicole Mitchell.

The Creative Capital organization in cooperation with the Foundation will provide awardees financial and legal counseling to secure that every artist gets the most of his investment.

In the next 10 years DDCF will honor at least 200 artists and give them the opportunity to create free and use the partly non-reimbursable grants according to their wishes and needs.

Listen to Human Nature, a composition from Iyer’s album Solo released two years ago.

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