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Ragtime Festival receives grant


Tim Pratt



The Charles Templeton Ragtime Jazz Festival is still seven months away, but Mississippi State University Thursday announced it has received a $4,000 grant from the Mississippi Arts Commission to help produce the event. 


Sponsored 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, according to a MSU Libraries release. Artists Frederick Hodges, Carl Sonny Leyland, Adam Swanson and Terry Waldo will be featured at the fourth edition of the festival, scheduled for March 26-27, 2010, on the MSU campus. The event will be emceed by musicologist and collector David Jasen. 


Patrons will have the opportunity to listen to live music and seminars, but also will be able to take tours of the Charles Templeton Sr. 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, according to the release. 


"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, theater productions, and many other arts-related activities." 


Established in 1968, MAC is funded by the Mississippi Legislature, the National Endowment of the Arts and other public and private sources. 


For more information on MSU Libraries and the Charles Templeton Ragtime Jazz Festival, please visit or contact Lyle Tate at [email protected]  


For more information on the Mississippi Arts Commission, please visit




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