The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #76150 Message #1346567
Posted By: GUEST,Another Festival Organiser
03-Dec-04 - 01:56 PM
Thread Name: Raising Money to Save Sidmouth Festival
Subject: RE: Raising Money to Save Sidmouth Festival
First thing you need is the support of the local authority and the local business community. Sidmouth, sadly, no longer has either. The Council has cut its grant from £60,000 to zero. The business community have long refused to put their hands into their pockets to save the Festival.
If Steve Heap and Mrs. Casey Music, the best organisers in the folk festival world, didn't feel they could keep it going, no-one else with any sense will take it on. The financial risks are too great especially given all the hassles with the local Council on licensing and insurance.
The best bet for Sidmouth is to downsize dramatically. Let those who wish to still sing in the Anchor or dance on the Prom do so. Good luck to them. Those who seek major name concerts and the like will go elsewhere, taking their hard-earned cash to spend in areas where the local authority and local businesses give the Festival more support than is now the case in Sidmouth.