Join us for the 14th Annual Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival, Saturday, September 27, 2014. Three stages of live music, arts, crafts, a family park - even an Instrument Petting Zoo. Free and fun for all ages.


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Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival Presented by Natixis Global Asset Management

On September 27, music lovers of all ages will gather for the 14th Annual Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival in Boston’s historic South End–home to several legendary clubs during Boston’s jazz heyday. The all-day, free outdoor event will offer contemporary jazz, Latin, blues, and soul acts on three stages. Natixis Global Asset Management (NGAM), one of the world’s leading asset managers, is the presenting sponsor of the festival and will present a $5,000 scholarship to a student musician. Past Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festivals have drawn as many as 80,000 music fans.

“The Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival is a landmark event in Boston that unites neighborhoods and exposes communities to exceptional musical talents in a free, family-friendly environment,” said John Hailer, president and chief executive officer, Natixis Global Asset Management–The Americas and Asia. At the festival, NGAM will present a $5,000 Natixis-Berklee City Music Scholarship for the third consecutive year. “Granting the Natixis-Berklee scholarship aligns with our commitment to education and the arts. Supporting the opportunity for young musicians to enhance their talents brings us great pride and helps keep music alive for future generations.”

The Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival–Boston’s biggest block party–takes place on Saturday, September 27, from noon to 6 p.m. on Columbus Avenue between Massachusetts Avenue and Burke Street in Boston’s South End. The outdoor performances are open to the public and free of charge.

This year, the festival celebrates the theme Jazz: The Global Ambassador.

The Natixis Family Park will transform Carter Playground on Columbus Avenue with activities including inflatables, face painting, and an instrument petting zoo staffed by Berklee professionals. The park also hosts KidsJam, an interactive program led by Berklee’s Music Education department that introduces young children to a variety of musical activities, including singing and sound exploration, playing rhythm instruments, and creating, listening, and responding to music.

The outdoor celebration also features a variety of vendor booths offering foods and crafts from all over the world.

Check for updates and a full schedule of events.

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About Berklee College of Music
Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music. For more than 65 years, the college has evolved to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business, leading the way with the world’s first baccalaureate studies in jazz, rock, electric guitar, film scoring, songwriting, turntables, electronic production, and more than a dozen other genres and fields of study. Berklee serves distance learners worldwide through its award-winning online extension school, Berklee Online. The college’s national after school music program for underserved teens, the Berklee City Music Network, is in 30 cities and counting. A new campus in Spain, Berklee in Valencia, began hosting the college’s first graduate programs in the fall of 2012. With a diverse and talented student body representing nearly 100 countries, and alumni and faculty that have collectively won more than 270 Grammys and Latin Grammys, Berklee is the world's premier learning lab for the music of today—and tomorrow.

About Natixis Global Asset Management, S.A. Natixis Global Asset Management, S.A. ( ranks among the world’s 15 largest asset managers.¹ As a multi-boutique company, NGAM brings together the expertise of multiple specialized investment managers under one umbrella with the belief that this combined expertise offers unique market perspective. The firm spreads this same ideal in the global community by sponsoring programs and events that help enrich the lives of individuals and enhance and preserve the cultural experience for future generations through music.

¹ Cerulli Quantitative Update: Global Markets 2012 ranked Natixis Global Asset Management, S.A. as the 13th largest asset manager in the world based on assets under management as of December 31, 2011.

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