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Carlsbad Music Festival again wins grant

CARLSBAD — Carlsbad Music Festival is one of 832 non-profit organizationsnationwide to receive a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Art Works grant. The Carlsbad Music Festival is recommended for a $10,000 grant to support the 10th Anniversary Festival, which will take place in Carlsbad in September 2013.

The grant for $10,000 will support the September festival of “adventurous music by the beach,” featuring more than 30 performances by musicians including the Festival Founding Ensemble-in- Residence, the Calder Quartet. The 2013 grant marks the second year in a row that the festival has received support from the NEA through the Art Works Grant. In 2013 the Carlsbad Music Festival will celebrate its 10th Anniversary of bringing adventurous music Carlsbad.

“The Carlsbad Music Festival is honored to have been awarded an NEA Art Works Grant for the second year in a row,” said festival Founder and Director Matt McBane. “This grant will allow the festival to hold its biggest and most ambitious festival to date as we celebrate our 10th anniversary season. Thank you to the NEA for supporting creative music making.”

The Carlsbad Music Festival was founded in 2004 by composer and Carlsbad-native, Matt McBane, and has each year featured the Calder Quartet as the Founding Ensemble-in-Residence. To date, the festival has commissioned 13 new works,

premiered dozens of others, and has featured emerging and master musicians including Wu Man, Michael Gordon, Fred Frith, Evan Ziporyn, My Brightest Diamond, So Percussion and many others.