Fred Hersch has been named to the 20-person class of the 2016 Doris Duke Artist Award. The Doris Duke Artist Award is a 10-year initiative that will award 50 million dollars to exemplary artists who are committed to the growth of contemporary jazz, dance, and theatre. The award began in 2011 as part of the larger Doris Duke Performing Artist Initiative and to date 100 artists have been honored. Each artist received $275,000 in a multi-year, flexible plan to fund their efforts. To be nominated, an artist must have received national level awards, grants, or prizes within the past ten years for at least 3 different projects. The award and initiative honors the lifelong commitment that Doris Duke gave to the sustenance and growth of contemporary jazz, dance, and theatre. The announcement comes during a very busy yet productive schedule for Mr. Hersch. He will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Fred Hersch Duo Invitation Series on May 10th through the 15th at the NYC Jazz Standard. On August 12th, his latest recording Sunday Night at the Vanguard will be released. He is currently working on a memoir that is expected to be released in Spring 2017. A feature length film entitled The Ballad of Fred Hersch premiered at the recent Full Frame Documentary Film Festival. Finally Mr. Hersch will be awarded an honorary doctorate at Grinnell College in Iowa on May 22nd.
To read the DDAA press release and learn more about the project please visit the following link.