Natixis Global Asset Management Fourth-Year Presenting Sponsor for the 2014 Berklee College of Music Summer in the City Series

  Natixis Global Asset Management Fourth-Year Presenting Sponsor for the 2014   Berklee College of Music Summer in the City Series  Summer in the City culminates with the free Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival on                                  September 27  Business Wire  BOSTON -- April 30, 2014  Berklee College of Music today announced that for the fourth consecutive year Natixis Global Asset Management (NGAM), one of the world’s leading asset managers, will be the presenting sponsor of Berklee’s 2014 Summer in the City series, which includes more than 200 free outdoor music performances scheduled from May through September in neighborhoods throughout Metro Boston. The sponsorship aligns with the 2014 Jazz Diplomacy Project, launched by NGAM in April, which creates opportunities to celebrate jazz and bring together thought leaders to explore solutions to challenges facing the world today. The 2014 Summer in the City series culminates with the free Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival on September 27, where NGAM will again present a $5,000 scholarship to a student musician. The full concert schedule is available at berklee.edu/events/summer.  “Summer in the City is one of our very best contributions to the local community with free performances all summer long by the world’s next chart toppers and Grammy^® Award ^ winners,” said Berklee President Roger H. Brown. "We have forged a strong and productive partnership with Natixis Global Asset Management over the past few years, and we are honored to continue working together.”  Headquartered in Paris and Boston, NGAM provides investment solutions to institutions, intermediaries and individuals. “Our partnership with Berklee College of Music aligns with our efforts to help strengthen the global community by bringing together people from all walks of life and all around the world through the shared experience of live music and music education,” said John Hailer, president and chief executive officer, Natixis Global Asset Management – The Americas and Asia. “We believe that a commitment to support youth is an investment in the future, and we are pleased to continue our tradition of awarding a $5,000 Natixis-Berklee City Music Scholarship to a student musician.”  The Berklee Summer in the City concerts bring neighborhoods alive with free programs of pop, rock, jazz, and Latin music presented by some of Berklee’s most promising young artists. The Boston-area concerts take place in vibrant destinations throughout the city from the ICA, the Rose Kennedy Greenway, Georges Island, and the Boston Improvement District to communities with strong cultural identities ranging from Jamaica Plain and Roxbury to East Boston and the South End. Just outside of Boston, audiences can take in free Summer in the City shows in locations like Chestnut Hill, Harvard Square’s Longfellow House and Club Passim, Salem’s Derby Square, the Charlestown Navy Yard, and more.  On September 27, the 2014 Summer in the City series comes to a close with Boston’s biggest block party. Spanning six blocks in the Roxbury-South End border starting at Massachusetts Avenue, the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival features three stages of live performances, family activities, and booths with crafts and food. The festival, now in its 14th year, is free and open to the public.  About Berklee College of Music  Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music. For more than 65 years, the college has evolved to reflect the current state of the music industry, leading the way with baccalaureate studies in performance, music business/management, songwriting, music therapy, film scoring, and more. With a focus on global learning, Berklee in Valencia, a new campus in Spain, is hosting the college’s first graduate programs, while Berklee Online serves distance learners worldwide with extension classes and degree-granting programs. The Berklee City Music Network provides after-school programming for underserved teens in 45 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. With a student body representing nearly 100 countries and alumni and faculty that have won more than 300 Grammy^® and Latin Grammy^® Awards, Berklee is the world's premier learning lab for the music of today – and tomorrow.  About Natixis Global Asset Management  Natixis Global Asset Management, S.A. (ngam.natixis.com) is one of the 15 largest asset managers in the world based on assets under management^1 and was recognized as the #1 U.S. mutual fund family for 2013 performance in the annual Barron’s/Lipper Fund Family Ranking.^2 As a multi-affiliate company, NGAM brings together the expertise of multiple specialized investment managers under one umbrella with the belief that this combined expertise offers unique market perspective. The firm spreads this same idea in the global community by sponsoring programs that help enrich the lives of individuals and preserve the cultural experience for future generations through music. The 2014 Jazz Diplomacy Project was launched as an extension of this ideal and aligns with NGAM’s innovative approach to engaging thought leaders and harnessing the power of collaboration. Visit jazzdiplomacy.org or follow #jazzdiplomacy to learn more.  ^1 Cerulli Quantitative Update: Global Markets 2013 ranked Natixis Global Asset Management, S.A. as the 15^th largest asset manager in the world based on assets under management as of December 31, 2012.  ^2 Barron's/Lipper 2013 one-year fund family ranking based on 64 qualifying U.S. fund companies. Each fund family must have at least three funds in Lipper's general U.S.-stock category, one world (global and international), one mixed-asset/balanced (stocks and bonds), two taxable bond and one tax-exempt bond fund. Natixis was not ranked for the 5- and 10-year periods. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. For more details visit ngam.natixis.com/TopFundFamily.                                                                          912914  Contact:  For Berklee Inquiries: Liz Lupton, 617-747-6022 llupton@berklee.edu or For Natixis Global Asset Management Inquiries: Crystal Sullivan, 617-449-2126 crystal.sullivan@ngam.natixis.com