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Tom Carter co-founded the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz with the family of the legendary jazz pianist in 1986. The following year he co-founded the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, which has become recognized as the world's most prestigious jazz competition, having launched the professional careers of countless young jazz musicians. For more than two decades, Tom has produced major musical events at some of the world's most prominent performing arts centers and universities, organized jazz education programs in public schools across the U.S. and around the world, and produced diplomatic and cultural tours as well as Inaugural celebrations. Tom served as the producer of several "Jazz at The White House" gala concerts that were aired as PBS primetime television specials. He also served as executive producer of "A Celebration of America's Music," a one-hour ABC television special that was broadcast in 1996 and became the first jazz television special to air on network television in more than 25 years. In 1997, Tom served as executive producer for a second ABC television special, which was another landmark moment for jazz. Tom was the driving force behind the creation of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, a full-scholarship master's level college program recognized as the model training ground for young, aspiring jazz artists. In 2011, Tom was instrumental in establishing International Jazz Day, a worldwide annual celebration of jazz designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and presented in partnership with the United Nations, U.S. Department of State and the Thelonious Monk Institute.