Drummer Talk

What would you do with a $500k grant?

When jazz drummer Dafnis Prieto got the first $25,000 slice of his $500,000 “genius”grant last year, he paid off all his debts and started making plans for the next 19 installments.

He also bought a camera to begin making a film, and he’s writing a book about drumming.

The grants come with no strings attached from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The feeling of artistic freedom is priceless, Prieto says.

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