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The Rhode Island Foundation has awarded $30,000 to help add a third day of music to the Newport Jazz Festival.

This is the third straight year the historic festival will add a third day of performances after a two-decade hiatus from doing so. The festival takes place July 29 through 31 at the International Tennis Hall of Fame and at Fort Adams State Park overlooking Narragansett Bay.

Newport Jazz Festival producer George Wein says the grant will help to build a local audience and to give young people a chance to experience the festival. He says the additional day is a "perfect platform for nurturing the future of jazz."

The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island.

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