Falling Economy Dooms Atlanta Jazz Festival


The AJC reported today on Mayor Shirley Franklin’s decision to cut another 222 city jobs and a slew of recreation centers, but the reporter left out a small tidbit of large import to the local jazz community. It looks like the Atlanta Jazz Festival is no more.

According to the press release, “Due to the rapidly declining economy, revenues are down by approximately 12.6% and we project a $50-60 million shortfall for the fiscal 2009 year … To address these economic challenges, we announced three cost-saving measures to reduce expenses and close the projected shortfall … Collectively, we estimate that these measures will close approximately $37-42 million of the projected shortfall.” These cost-cutting measures include eliminating “various arts programming, including Jazz Fest.”

Read Full Article.  By Jon Ross, Jazzlanta.com

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