The BNP Paribas Foundation – one of the few arts patrons to support jazz musicians – is pleased to renew its support for the 2011 JAZZ at SAINT-GERMAIN-DES-PRES Festival.

The Festival and the Foundation have joined together in the same community of spirit in this event with something for everyone spotlighting talented young musicians alongside novel encounters between established artists in unexpected venues.

From 15 to 29 May 2011, the JAZZ at SAINT-GERMAIN-DES-PRES Festival will propose a unique and exceptional programme of concerts, première performances, encounters between artists, new talents and exhibitions – all specially concocted to give festival goers a taste of jazz in all its diversity!

For 16 years now, the BNP Paribas Foundation has been assisting jazz musicians with the development of their careers and projects by providing support for recordings and for the promotion and broadcast of their concerts. In addition, the BNP Paribas Foundation endeavours to increase their notoriety and expand their audiences by developing exchanges with the Bank’s networks in France and abroad.

The Foundation made its debut in the world of jazz – the most spontaneous form of improvised music – with musicians Manuel Rocheman and Jacques Vidal. After these early patronage experiences, the Foundation developed its initiatives by supporting the Moutin Reunion Quartet, the Paris Jazz Big Band, and groups led by Murat Ozturk, Sylvain Beuf, Christophe Wallemme, Simon Goubert, Sophia Domancich, Jean-Pierre Como, Elizabeth Kontomanou, Tigran Hamasyan, Laurent Cugny, Stephane Guillaume, Emmanuel Bex, Régis Huby, Baptiste Trotignon and Stephane Huchard.

It has also been associated with the Martial Solal International Jazz Piano Competition since 2006 and is lending its support to the second annual Jazz à l’Etage Festival in Rennes.

Finally, the BNP Paribas Foundation is committed to such international festivals as the North Sea Jazz Festival, the St. Louis Jazz Festival and Tanjazz alongside BNP Paribas’ branch locations in the Netherlands, Senegal and Morocco.

Find out more about the programme of the Jazz at Saint-Germain-des-Près Festival.