Jazz festival chief hits out at lack of funding from State
THE director of the Cork Jazz Festival hit out at the Arts Council yesterday for giving no funding to the event.
Jack McGouran said the festival relied on Guinness for its support, especially given the lack of state assistance.
"The Arts Council is putting money into jazz festivals all over the country but it doesn't put a penny in to the Cork Jazz Festival. It would require state funding to keep it going at the level it is if a major sponsor pulled out," he said.
About 1,000 musicians from 30 different countries will perform throughout Cork this weekend, as 40,000-plus revellers flock to the city for the festival.
The line-up includes Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, the Yellowjackets, Lee Konitz, David Murray and Cedar Walton. A major attraction will be the double bill of Acker Bilk and Kenny Ball, whoplay "back to back" at Cork Opera House.
Mr McGouran added: "It is a big event for Guinness. They love the event and they are very strong and loyal supporters of this event."
Guinness has sponsored the festival for 28 years having taken over from the cigarette company John Player in 1980.
The event has hosted many jazz greats in its 31-year history. Stars such as Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie, Buddy Rich, Gerry Mulligan, Dave Brubeck, Cleo Laine, Joe Zawinul, Wynton Marsalis and Sonny Rollins have thrilled the festival's audiences over the years. The festival programme is available at www.corkjazzfestival.com