Sacramento Music Festival, formerly Jazz Jubilee, issues emergency call for funds

08/11/2014 2:33 PM

10/08/2014 12:14 PM

The Sacramento Traditional Jazz Society has issued an emergency plea for money to members and volunteers because of a budget shortfall in its operation of the Sacramento Music Festival.

The festival, which is the recent incarnation of the former Sacramento Jazz Festival and Jubilee, will need to make up an $80,000 deficit in order to operate through Dec. 31, said Tom Duff, executive committee member at the festival and its incoming executive director.

“That is what we’re projecting as the shortfall, if we do nothing,” Duff said. “If we keep the same personnel and facilities that we have today.”

Mike Testa, vice president of the City Convention and Visitors Bureau, said festival organizers haven’t provided adequate answers about what caused the deficit. The city bureau has helped market the festival for the past two years. Testa

said this year’s event turned a $42,000 profit.

The 41-year-old festival is in the midst of recasting itself from a jazz-only event to one that offers a wide range of popular and American roots music in addition to jazz. In 2011, it made the controversial move to change its name from the Sacramento Jazz Festival and Jubilee to the Sacramento Music Festival.

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