Apr 15, 2013 View All News

NJPAC Announces $1 Million Commitment from The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey

New Jersey Performing Arts Center Announces

$1 Million Commitment from The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey

The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey to be Title Sponsor of Sounds of the City and Latin, Urban Music and Urban Comedy Performances

(Newark, NJ – April 15, 2013) – The New Jersey Performing Arts Center announced today a five year, $1 million grant from The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey to support the Arts Center’s popular Sounds of the City summer concert series and all of its Latin, Urban Music and Urban Comedy performances.

“NJPAC has filled Prudential Hall, the Victoria Theater and Theater Square with the top names in urban and Latin music and comedy,” said John Schreiber, President and CEO of NJPAC. ”Thanks to the generosity of The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, we are able to grow one of the most popular summer concert series in the region and bring the hottest Urban and Latino artists to our stages throughout the year.”

“The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey is proud to be the title sponsor of both series and to help bring such a diverse blend of world class entertainment to the state’s premier performing arts venue,” said Linda A. Willett, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, member and Secretary of The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey’s Board of Directors, and member of the NJPAC Board of Directors. “These performances will entertain thousands of people who live and work in downtown Newark, as well as energize the city’s ongoing revitalization.”

After a banner season of Urban music, Urban comedy, and Latin music, highlighted by sold out performances by Kevin Hart, Aretha Franklin, El Gran Combo, Anthony Hamilton, Chrisette Michele, Salsapalooza, and The Royal Comedy tour, NJPAC will announce its new season, including The Horizon Foundation-sponsored music and comedy performances, on May 16, 2013.

NJPAC’s free, outdoor music series, now named Horizon Foundation Sounds of the City, has been called “the place to be on Thursday nights” by The New York Times. Last summer, it was expanded and reimagined as a series of community concerts to give attendees a taste of what they could expect to see on NJPAC’s mainstage during the upcoming season. The summer of 2012 was the series’ most popular year, drawing between 4,000-6,000 attendees each Thursday night for a diverse lineup of music from salsa to hip hop to jazz and rock. This summer’s lineup will also be announced May 16, 2013.

Since its inception in 2004, The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey has made more than 840 grant awards to New Jersey nonprofit organizations totaling over $33 million. The Foundation’s mission is to promote health, well-being and quality of life in New Jersey's communities through health prevention and education programs and supporting those who enhance arts and cultural opportunities for New Jersey residents.

New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), located in downtown Newark, New Jersey, is among the largest performing arts centers in the United States and is the artistic, cultural, educational and civic center of New Jersey -- where great performances and events enhance and transform lives every day. As New Jersey’s Town Square, NJPAC brings diverse communities together, providing access to all and showcasing the State’s and the world’s best artists while acting as a leading catalyst in the revitalization of its home city. Through its extensive Arts Education programs, NJPAC is shaping the next generation of artists and arts enthusiasts. NJPAC has attracted over seven million visitors (more than one million children) since opening its doors in 1997, and nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships with each of its constituents. Visit www.njpac.org or call 1-888-GO-NJPAC for more information.

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