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Snowmass Tourism Board holds to its budget for Jazz Aspen

Snowmass Village Sun staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado

Published: Trent Burkholder Special to The Aspen Times

SNOWMASS VILLAGE – The Snowmass Tourism Board is not supporting a request from Jazz Aspen Snowmass for an additional $100,000 to keep the Labor Day Festival in Snowmass Village next year.

“We put forth a proposed budget for JAS for $150,000 if it’s here (in Snowmass Village),” said Susan Hamley, director of Snowmass Tourism, after Tuesday’s board meeting. “That’s what was approved in the budget. We’re not making a statement. We do not want it to go away. We’re also saying, a quarter-million dollars is irresponsible for one weekend.”

In November, Jazz Aspen Snowmass, citing the loss of its title sponsor and the need for additional operating funds, asked the Snowmass Village Town Council to consider a sponsorship of $250,000 next year, which would keep the festival at its traditional home in Snowmass Town Park for the event’s 20th anniversary season.

JAS executive director Jim Horowitz declined to comment on the Tourism Board’s decision. However, he did note that JAS is on the agenda for next week’s Town Council meeting, when the organization will have an opportunity to state its case.

In October, Horowitz said Jazz Aspen Snowmass was looking at moving the Labor Day Festival from Town Park in Snowmass to the Buttermilk ski area, which has a larger crowd capacity and could allow the festival to bring in bigger-name acts. Additional sponsorship dollars could keep the festival in Snowmass Village, he said at that time.