[Dixielandjazz] Wake up call from Victoria, BC
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Mon Dec 15 02:35:59 PST 2003
I just came upon this announcement from the Terrif-Vic Jazz Festival in
Victoria, B.C. It is indicative of the problems faced by OKOM festivals all
over the USA. I say "USA" because it seems our European counterparts are
still going strong but our problems will become their problems in the
fulness of time.
We have often joked that our audiences are growing old and dying and we are
not replacing those aging fans with younger ones. It seems more of a reality
than a joke as more and more festivals face difficult decisions.
Here is a clip from the Terrif-Vic Jazz Festival:
December 4, 2003
22ND ANNUAL TERRIFVIC JAZZ PARTY CANCELLED
The Board of Directors for the TerrifVic Jazz Party Society today announced
the cancellation of the 2004 TerrifVic Jazz Party event, due to a revenue
shortfall from the 2003 event and a lack of major corporate sponsors.
The revenue shortfall from the 2003 Jazz Party was caused largely by an
unexpected decrease in attendance from the United States due to a general
downturn in American travel after the outbreak of the U.S. war with Iraq.
The Societys Board of Directors also expressed concern over the lack of
major sponsors to support the staging of the 2004 Jazz Party festival.
In making this announcement, Society President Lorne Whyte stated, The
society has arrived at this difficult decision after exhausting all possible
options to secure a new major sponsor for 2004. We cannot risk creating a
bigger deficit for the Society or a greater financial burden for our
At the Societys Annual General Meeting on December 1st, the Board reported
a $70,000 drop in revenues in 2003 which leaves an accumulated deficit of
$42,563. The Board and twenty-five Jazz Party Committee Chairs in attendance
approved the 2003 year end statement to July 31, 2003.
The 16 jazz bands who participated in the 2003 Jazz Party were paid in full
during the festival and suppliers received 70% of the monies owed to them on
a pro rata basis on May 23, 2003. The Society is in the process of making a
final payment for a further 10% of the monies owed to its suppliers.
Regretfully, suppliers will not receive full payment but will receive
approximately 80% of the amount owing to them, stated Whyte. Members of
the society executive who contributed working capital to the event also will
sustain a financial loss.
Whyte pointed out that the TerrifVic Jazz Party has been a major event for
the Greater Victoria community since its inception in 1982. Each April,
the TerrifVic Jazz Party drew thousands of visitors to Greater Victoria who
have spent more than $50 million dollars in the local economy over the past
Local students will also feel the loss of the event. In addition to staging
the annual festival, including a free Kids Party and outdoor community
concert, the TerrifVic Jazz Party Society established programs with local
schools. This school programming provided Greater Victoria students with a
keen appreciation for the jazz music genre as well as training from jazz
professionals from around the globe.
On behalf of the Board, Whyte paid tribute to all those responsible for the
success of the Terrifvic Jazz Party over the past 21 years: To all of our
volunteers, patrons, suppliers and sponsors, our sincerest and most
----> End clip
As concerned musicians and fans we are going to have to come up with new and
innovative ways of keeping our music alive! I'm sure the events of 9-11 had
an effect on travel to British Columbia last April but that is only a small
part of the problem. The main problem is that our audiences are growing old
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