After Considering Producer Switch, New Orleans Jazz Festival Sticks with Festival Productions

Classic Arts News   After Considering Producer Switch, New Orleans Jazz Festival Sticks with Festival Productions
 
After the first competitive bid in its history, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival has decided to keep George Wein's Festival Productions as producer, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

The non-profit New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, the owner of the famed 35-year-old festival, had sought applications from other operators after the 2004 event lost money and left it without enough money to launch a 2005 festival. Festival Productions, which runs the Newport Jazz Festival and many similar events, has staged the New Orleans festival since its inception.

At a board meeting yesterday, the foundation's board voted to sign a new deal with Festival Productions. But the bidding process resulted in a far better financial position for the foundation, according to the Times-Picayune. Like the other two finalists in the bidding for the contract, Festival Productions agreed to provide $2 million in startup funds for next year's festival.

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