|Montreal Jazz Festival|
Yesterday's announcement that all three nominations for 'Venue of the Year' in the 2014 Parliamentary Jazz Awards were not in fact venues at all, but the London, Manchester and Love Supreme Jazz Festivals was bound - may even have been intended - to provoke comment. This is the first time that no venue has been included in the nominations.
The main comment I've heard so far is that venues struggle with suicidal economics, that keeping venues open all year round, mostly unsubsidized, is an act of heroism deserving huge respect, and that this decision to concentrate on festivals is plain wrong. There is another side; festivals and venues are mutually dependent. Festivals which spread themselves across a city can serve to draw new audiences to the venues, and audiences thus introduced may well return to those venues during the rest of the year.
Let the debate roll. Comments please, no bile.