Currently, Danilo Pérez serves as UNESCO Artist For Peace, Cultural Ambassador to the Republic of Panama,Artistic Director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, and Artistic Director of the Panama Jazz Festival. In previous years, he served as Goodwill Ambassador to UNICEF

Danilo Pérez Foundation

The basis of the work of the Danilo Pérez Foundation's music education and more generally, human development. Its purpose is to provide opportunities for young people to develop their full potential and lead productive lives. The values and attitudes that are essential Foundation promotes education and interpretation in music.

Panama Jazz Festival

The Panama Jazz Festival provides a week of master classes by some of the finest institutions in the field, including Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, the Golandsky Piano Institute, and the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico. The event has also become a center for auditions for admissions and scholarships for the participating institutions.

Other institutions that have participated in the festival include the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the Sienna Jazz Foundation, and the Paris Conservatory.

UNESCO Artist for Peace

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, will appoint the renowned Panamian pianist and jazz composer Danilo Pérez as UNESCO Artist for Peace on 20 November (12.00 am. Hall Ségur – Ground floor) Danilo Pérez will be named “in recognition of his efforts to provide outreach music programmes to children living in extreme poverty in Panama, especially in his capacity as President of the Danilo Pérez Foundation, and his dedication to the ideals and aims of the Organization”.

UNESCO Artists for Peace are internationally-renowned personalities who use their influence, charisma and prestige to help promote UNESCO’s message and programmes. UNESCO works with them in order to heighten public awareness regarding key development issues and to inform the public what our Organization's action is in these fields.