Florida's Clearwater Jazz Festival Posts Surplus

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The Clearwater Jazz Festival finished its 25th annual event in the black last month, the St. Petersburg Times reports. The festival, located on the west coast of Florida, balanced its budget for the first time in three years.

The four-day festival ran a surplus of $30,000 on a $650,000 budget.

Officials attributed the strong results to good weather, a new marketing consultant, and a big turnout for the headlining Neville Brothers. In addition, the festival asked for donations at the gate for the first time, bringing in about $19,000.

Other performers included saxophonist Branford Marsalis, trumpeter Chris Botti, and the neo-swing ensemble Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.

Jane Olds, the president of Jazz Force, which stages the festival, told the Times that the surplus will be used as "seed money" for next year's festival.

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