Nashville Ballet receives prestigious NEA grant

ginaNational Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced today that Nashville Ballet is one of 832 non-profit organizations nationwide, and only one of two organizations in Tennessee, to receive an NEA Art Works grant. Nashville Ballet is recommended for a $10,000 grant to support the creation of a new contemporary ballet choreographed by Gina Patterson set to the music of local singer-songwriter Matthew Perryman Jones, premiering in February, 2013.

“Because these awards are given based on our likelihood for success in the creation of a new work, this award is a strong vote of confidence from the NEA in the creative prowess and administrative capabilities of Nashville Ballet,” said Nashville Ballet artistic director Paul Vasterling. “This grant will allow us to offer Nashville a new choreographed work inspired by the sounds of Music City.”

The yet-to-be named new work from Patterson and Jones will be performed during Nashville Ballet’s performance of Attitude Feb. 15-17, but an excerpt of the piece will be featured during Ballet Ball on Feb. 1.

An original member of the collaborative group of individual artists, Ten out of TennJones is one of the most sought-after songwriters in Nashville. With music featured on favorite TV programs One Tree Hill, Bones and Grey’s Anatomy, Jones’ popularity has fueled the success of his literary-inspired album Land of the Living released in June, 2012.

Jones will collaborate with frequent Nashville Ballet guest choreographer Gina Patterson to create an original dance work set mostly to music from Land of the Living and his break-out hit “Save You” from the 2008 album Swallow the Sea.

Patterson’s credentials as a choreographer extend across the globe, including two recent collaborations with Nashville Ballet – Cryin’ Out set to the music of Gary Nicholson, and Anne Frank, part of the repertory of Outreach performances designed to expose young people to the art of ballet.

“I’m proud to announce these 832 grants to the American public, including this work from Nashville Ballet,” Landesman said. “These projects offer extraordinary examples of creativity in our country, including the creation of new work, innovative ways of engaging audiences, and exemplary education programs.”

In March 2012, the NEA received 1,509 eligible applications for Art Works requesting more than $74 million in funding. The 832 recommended NEA grants total $22.3 million, span 13 artistic disciplines and fields, and focus primarily on the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing works for the benefit of American audiences. Applications were reviewed by panels of outside experts convened by NEA staff and each project was judged on its artistic excellence and artistic merit.

For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at

Ticket Information

Tickets to Attitude starting at $28 are currently on sale to the public. They can be purchased in person at the TPAC box office in downtown Nashville, by phone at (615) 782-4040 or online. Season tickets that offer up to 25% discount for adults and 50% discount for children are available at or by calling (615) 297-2966 x10.

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