NEA Jazz Masters 2018

BMI has partnered with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to present a live webcast of the NEA Jazz Master awards ceremony and concert taking place at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall in Washington, D.C. on Monday, April 16, 2018. This exciting webcast will begin at 8:00 p.m. (ET) on the 16th and can be viewed on-demand even after that date right here.

Viewers are encouraged to engage in conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #NEAJazz2018 and BMI's handle, @BMI . Don't miss it!

The live webcast of the 2018 NEA Jazz Masters Awards Ceremony & Concert can also be viewed on the NEA's website at

BMI Congratulates its 2018 NEA Jazz Masters Joanne Brackeen and Pat Metheny

BMI is proud to recognize renowned jazz pianist Joanne Brackeen and guitar legend Pat Metheny, who will receive the nation’s highest honor in jazz when they become NEA Jazz Masters in April 2018. Both composers, educators and performers are receiving this honor for their lifetime achievements and exceptional contributions to the advancement of jazz – Brackeen for her captivating and complex improvisations – and Metheny for reinventing the traditional sound of jazz guitar with his improvisational insight and musicality.

Each will receive a $25,000 award and be honored at a tribute concert at the Kennedy Center’s concert hall on Monday, April 16, 2018, in Washington, DC. The concert will be free and open to the public, with more information on how to obtain tickets available in early 2018. The performance will also be streamed live. Check back on for updates and don’t miss it!