FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
French Quarter Festivals, Inc. announces the return of the
Musician Sponsorship Program
Community supports the music it loves
NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA (October 3, 2012) - French Quarter Festivals, Inc. (FQFI) announces the return of the Musician Sponsorship Program, an exciting program launched in 2012, designed to help keep the "largest free music festival in the South" a high quality event that celebrates the best of New Orleans culture, while keeping it accessible to everyone and contributing to the economic well-being of the French Quarter, the City of New Orleans and the State of Louisiana.
Musician Sponsorship Program:
Hiring local musicians and celebrating local music
French Quarter Festival was overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for the Musician Sponsorship program in 2012. Over 100 sponsors signed on to support local musicians representing a variety of genres on twenty two stages during the four day event. The 30th annual French Quarter Festival takes place April 11 - 14, 2013 and twenty one of the twenty two stages at French Quarter Festival will feature Louisiana Artists exclusively! The 22ndstage is an International Stage featuring Traditional Jazz musicians from around the world. Over 1,300 local musicians perform annually at French Quarter Festival.
Musicians say that they absolutely love playing French Quarter Festival and look forward to it every year. This is a relationship FQFI is proud to nurture and grow. In addition to being beloved members of the community, musicians enrich New Orleans' culture simply by doing their job. Musician Sponsorships have a direct impact on the local economy.
French Quarter Festival's Musician Sponsorship program will facilitate the relationship between Artists and Sponsors, eliminating the Musician's responsibility in securing a Sponsor and freeing them to focus on their performance. Because French Quarter Festivals, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, sponsorships are tax deductible - another great benefit for sponsors. With the launch of this program, Louisiana businesses are invited to participate in this annual community celebration, making a major impact, and enjoying the benefits of sponsorship. Contrary to what many think, a free music festival is not really free, but the French Quarter Festival has grown to become the "largest free music festival in the South." It continues to be voted "locals favorite festival" year after year and is third in economic impact for the City of New Orleans (Mardi Gras ranks number one and the Super Bowl is number two, when it is held in New Orleans).
French Quarter Festival is not just a fun, high quality event. It annually generates over $300 million in economic impact with over $15 million in direct tax revenue going to the city and the state as a direct result of the festival. Over 570,000 people attended French Quarter Festival in 2012.
According to Marci Schramm, Executive Director of French Quarter Festivals, Inc., "There is something very special about this type of support. Music sponsors come from all corners of our community and from all over the country. They share a love of local culture and care about preserving what makes Louisiana so special." Current music sponsors include everyone from beloved brands like Zapp's, to heavy hitters like Chevron and Humana. The family of music sponsors also includes law and accounting firms, doctors, veterinarians, realtors, restaurants, hotels, retail shops, individuals who love the festival and many more. "Like the diverse styles of music heard at French Quarter Festival, we also embrace an eclectic mix of sponsors who love the celebration and what it does for the community," adds Schramm. "Music sponsorship is rewarding and fun for those who participate - a sponsor can do as much (or as little) as they wish to tell the world that they support French Quarter Festival. Some sponsors truly enjoy the experience of going on stage and introducing "their" band while some just like to hang a banner during the sponsored act's set."
Sponsors may sign up at the "Shorty" level ($500) or as "Pops" ($10,000+) - or anything in between. Supporters truly help keep New Orleans music alive, while being recognized by over half a million people at the annual French Quarter Festival.
French Quarter Festival, now in its 30th year, has grown to be the largest free music festival in the South, attracting over 570,000 people to the historic neighborhood each year. French Quarter Festivals, Inc. is a self-sustaining non-profit organization. Festivals are made possible through sponsorship, participation fees and onsite beverage and merchandise sales. The production budget for this free event is over a million dollars, including costs for employing NOPD officers, sanitation, fire watch and EMS personnel.
Contact French Quarter Festivals, Inc. at 504-522-5730 (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information about the Musician Sponsorship Program.
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The 2013 French Quarter Festival is produced by French Quarter Festivals, Inc., (FQFI) the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, which also produces Satchmo SummerFest and Christmas New Orleans Style. For more information on French Quarter Festival, call 504-522-5730 or visit online at www.fqfi.org.