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Natixis Global Asset Management Third-Year Presenting Sponsor for the 2013 Berklee College of Music Summer in the City Series

June 5, 2013

YellowBrix

Partnership expands series to more than 200 free concerts, including the BeanTown Jazz Festival on Sept. 28

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Berklee College of Music today announced that for the third consecutive year Natixis Global Asset Management (NGAM), one of the world's leading asset managers, will be the presenting sponsor of Berklee's 2013 Summer in the City series, which includes more than 200 free outdoor music performances scheduled from May through September held in neighborhoods throughout Metro Boston. The 2013 series culminates with the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival on September 28. 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 - the world's next great artists performing throughout Boston all summer long. You can be among the first to see their careers take flight," said Berklee President Roger H. Brown. "We have forged a strong and productive partnership with NGAM 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 continuing partnership with Berklee College of Music demonstrates our commitment to providing more opportunities to the next generation of young artists who are interested in developing careers in music," said John Hailer, president and chief executive officer, Natixis Global Asset Management - The Americas & Asia. "For the third consecutive year, we will also award 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, Latin, blues, flamenco, and Celtic music. The Boston-area concerts take place in destinations throughout the city from the Rose Kennedy Greenway, Atlantic Wharf, the Boston Harbor Islands, and the Boston Common's newly renovated Brewer Fountain Plaza to communities with strong cultural identities ranging from Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, East Boston, and the South End.

Among the many outstanding performers this summer are Berklee Global Jazz Institute pianist and DownBeat magazine Student Music Award-winner Caili O'Doherty (Kendall After 5, June 6), Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition Award-finalist Daniel Rotem and his trio (Spectacle Island, June 23), Appalachian dance band Joe's Truck Stop (Georges Island, July 13 and Carson Beach, July 28), MTV original series-featured salsero Francisco Ruiz (Atlantic Wharf, July 18), and MTV "buzzworthy" singer-songwriter Betty Who (Rose Kennedy Greenway, August 16).

On September 28, the 2013 Summer in the City series comes to a close with Boston's biggest block party. Spanning six blocks in Boston's South End 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 13th year, is free and open to the public.

About Berklee College of Music Berklee College of Music, for over 65 years, has evolved to support its belief that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through contemporary music education. The college was the first in the U.S. to teach jazz, the popular music of the time. It incorporated rock n' roll in the 1960s; created the world's first degree programs in electronic production and design, film scoring, and songwriting; and, in recent years, added music therapy, world music, hip-hop, electronica, and video game music to its curriculum. With a diverse student body representing over 80 countries and a music industry "who's who" of alumni and faculty that have received 231 Grammy Awards, Berklee is the world's premier learning lab for the music of today - and tomorrow.

About Natixis Global Asset Management, S.A. Natixis Global Asset Management, S.A. (ngam.natixis.com) ranks among the world's 15 largest asset managers.1 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 ideal in the global community by sponsoring programs and events that help enrich the lives of individuals and enhance and preserve the cultural experience for future generations through music.

1 Cerulli Quantitative Update: Global Markets 2012 ranked Natixis Global Asset Management, S.A. as the 13th largest asset manager in the world based on assets under management as of December 31, 2011.

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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

Source: Natixis Global Asset Management

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