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Ragtime Jazz Festival Mississippi State University Libraries' Charles Templeton Ragtime Jazz Festival has received a $4,000.00 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC).

This grant is a portion of the $1.5 million in grants the Commission will award in 2009-2010.

"Organizations across the state that receive MAC grants continue to prove that arts programs are vital in their areas," said Malcolm White, Executive Director of MAC. "The grants provide funding for the staging of festivals, theatre productions, and many other arts-related activities."

This $4,000.00 MAC grant will be used to assist in production of the 4th Annual Charles Templeton Ragtime Jazz Festival to be held on the MSU campus March 26 & 27, 2010. Sponsored each spring by MSU Libraries and the Charles Templeton, Sr. Music Museum, the Festival serves as a means of enhancing research in the area of ragtime music, increasing the awareness of the Templeton Collection housed at MSU Libraries, and introducing people to the sounds of ragtime as performed by world-renowned musicians. Featuring artists Frederick Hodges, Carl Sonny Leyland, Adam Swanson, and Terry Waldo and emceed by musicologist and collector David Jasen, the 2010 Charles Templeton Ragtime Jazz Festival will consist of major- and mini-concerts, seminars, and tours of the Templeton Music Museum.

The Mississippi Arts Commission, a state agency, serves Mississippi's residents by providing grants supporting programs to enhance communities, to assist artists and arts organizations, to promote the arts in education, and to celebrate Mississippi's cultural heritage. Established in 1968, MAC is funded by the Mississippi Legislature, the National Endowment of the Arts, and other public and private sources.

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