The $275,000 award is not tied to any specific project.

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Seattle composer and pianist Wayne Horvitz won a $275,000 award Tuesday, May 3, from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Horvitz’s work spans many genres, from jazz to rock to modern classical. His most recent major composition, “Some Places Are Forever Afternoon,” was inspired by Seattle poet Richard Hugo.

Horvitz was one of eight jazz artists to win. The others were Dave Douglas, Fred Hersch, Jason Moran, Matana Roberts, Jen Shyu, Wadada Leo Smith and Henry Threadgill.  Seattle-bred choreographer Mark Morris was also among the 21 winners.

According to the Doris Duke website, the grants are “not tied to any specific project but were intended as deepened investments in the artists’ personal and professional development and future work.” Awardees also receive the opportunity for “professional development activities, financial and legal counseling, and grantee gatherings — all designed to help them maximize the use of their grants.”