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Funding cut to Canada Day jazz programming

11:50 am in Festival and Event Industry, Industry News, Ottawa News

Joe Lofaro, Metro Ottawa

Organizers of the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival are looking for new sponsors for their 2012 Canada Day programming after the National Capital Commission (NCC) said it’s pulling its funding.

Funding from a second sponsor, Galaxie, is also up in the air according to the festival’s executive producer, Catherine O’Grady.

The NCC has partnered with the festival since 2005 to provide funding so that it could offer free jazz programming and a Jazz Youth Summit on Canada Day.

Last year, the NCC gave the festival $45,000 and $60,000 the year before. Next year, all funding will be withdrawn.

Read more on the Metro Ottawa website: Funding cut to Canada Day jazz programming

Community groups baffled, frustrated by decision to limit access to Archives space

8:55 am in Festival and Event Industry, Industry News, Ottawa News

Chris Cobb, The Ottawa Citizen

Leaders of Ottawa area community groups are baffled and frustrated with a federal government decision to effectively oust them from Library and Archives Canada in a move officials say is necessary to create more meeting space for federal bureaucrats.

“It’s a bizarre, absurd decision,” said Ottawa International Jazz Festival executive director Catherine O’Grady. “We are charities that use the space. We’re all doing what we do for the community and not for profit. What are they thinking? Why take that away from us?”

O’Grady, who, along with other group leaders, is scrambling to find alternate accommodation in a city where there is little space available, says she will mobilize the festival’s 10,000 subscribers to protest the decision.

“We have staged hundreds of concerts there over the years,” she said. “The space is absolutely perfect and vital for our education and outreach programs.