Generations in Jazz is guaranteed to return after receiving $ 350,000 in funding
A jazz festival that typically draws 10,000 people to a regional city in South Australia has been confirmed for 2022.
- Generations in Jazz music festival received $ 350,000 to move forward next year
- The event draws thousands of visitors to Mount Gambier, including students who participate in the festival
- Organizers say it’s great to have the financial security to run the event after the cancellation of the past two years
Generations in Jazz will move forward in Mount Gambier in May of next year, after receiving $ 350,000 in federal funding.
Event coordinator Karyn Roberts said it was a “nice surprise” that their grant application was approved.
âIt’s a great feeling of excitement and also a sense of security to know that we can bring the event back to 2022,â she said.
âWe know there will be contingencies, financial realities, which we hope to have covered.
The festival has been canceled for two years.
Before that, around 6,000 music students from across Australia attended the festival each year to compete.
Ms Roberts said organizers were hopeful the funding would help keep costs down for the students involved.
âWe know that schools are extremely keen to bring it back into the fold of their music programs,â she said.
“[We hope to] keep participant fees very affordable.
“[Even] if we can’t have public ticket sales and that sort of thing. “
Ms Roberts said holding the festival would also bring “economic benefits” back to the Mount Gambier region.
âIt will create jobs for everyone involved in the event,â she said.
“[The funding] is a catalyst to allow the event to recur and bring the momentum of economic benefit back to the community. “
Federal Barker member Tony Pasin said the grant came from the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) fund.
“[The fund has been] created to support artists, the art industry and the creative industries during the pandemic, âhe said.
Mr. Pasin said the funding was vital to securing the future of the festival.
âObviously, there are additional costs associated with meeting COVID compliance,â he said.
âWhen you cancel an event of this size, of this magnitude, two years in a row, it entails significant financial costs.
“And there is a very significant risk that the event will not return.”