Jazz Jurassica receives Arts Council grant for next year’s festival

ONE of Lyme Regis’ most popular music festivals will go ahead next year after receiving a grant from the Arts Council. 

Jazz Jurassica – the town’s annual jazz and blues festival – was one of the first major, local events to be called off this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

But organisers are now looking forward to 2021, and said the festival will definitely go ahead in May unless a full national lockdown is called.

Festival organiser Julie Sheppard said she always wanted to keep the festival live rather than going virtual, like many other events have done this year.

She explained that Jazz Jurassica had always been self-financing but, if social distancing regulations were still in place next year, this would mean having smaller audiences and therefore small ticket sale revenues, while still having the same expenses as she wanted to continue to pay musicians fairly.

To ensure the festival would be financially viable, Julie applied for a “modest grant” from the Arts Council and said she was “over the moon” to hear her bid had been successful

Julie commented: “We’ve always intended to keep the festival live, with real performers playing to real audiences, and now we can confidently plan to do just that.

“The festival will sound the same, but if social distancing measures are still in place it will probably look and feel a bit different, but there will still be live music.

“We’re hoping to bring you all of 2020’s exciting line up and more. It’s the best news we could have at the end of a very difficult year for live music.”

The full programme will be announced in the New Year and you’ll be able to find more details and book tickets at www.jazzjurassica.co.uk

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