Tuesday, February 10, 2009

City of Atlanta seeks corporate 'superheroes' to keep annual jazz festival afloat

Posted By on Tue, Feb 10, 2009 at 5:56 PM

click to enlarge Corporate superheroes — activate!
  • Corporate superheroes — activate!

With so many corporations looking for government handouts nowadays, here's an interesting twist. The City of Atlanta has requested a stimulus package of sorts from Atlanta's corporate citizens in order to fund the 32nd Atlanta Jazz Festival.

CL contributor and Jazzlanta blogger Jon Ross discovered the press release — entitled "Save the 32nd Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival" — recently posted by the city in which Camille Russell Love of the Office of Cultural Affairs says:

"The festival will go on," Camille Russell Love declared. "We just need a few corporate superheroes that are passionate about jazz, committed to this community, and understand the importance of maintaining this tradition.

The City of Atlanta put the long-running festival on the chopping block in December when the Mayor's office announced a slew of budget cuts. But public outcry has encouraged the city to seek outside funding, according to the press release:

While city funding for the festival has been eliminated, local jazz enthusiasts and supporters of the Atlanta Jazz Festival overwhelmingly demand the continuation of what Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin has determined as “one of the city’s proudest traditions.”

Though the release makes no mention of current sponsors or a targeted budget, the city plans to "build on the success and heritage of previous festivals by continuing its expansion with a 31-day schedule" — which sounds odd considering the dire financial straits.

All sponsorship inquiries are directed to contact David N. Mitchell, Public Relations manager at 404-817-7957, or email DNMitchell@AtlantaGa.gov. Or visit atlantafestivals.com.

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