No jazz festival for Bute in 2011

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THERE will be no Isle of Bute Jazz Festival in 2011, the organisers of the popular annual event have announced.

The festival committee said in a statement: "In the present difficult economic climate, funders have to deal with unprecedented numbers of applications for funding.

"Decisions are taking much longer and we have already had several applications declined. We are presently awaiting a funding decision from Argyll and Bute Council, which is expected in March 2011.

"In view of the short time period between funding decisions being received and the usual event date of the May holiday weekend, we regret that there is insufficient time to arrange and advertise an event for the 2011 May Bank Holiday as in previous years.

"We are currently in discussions with new sponsors and hope that our on-going funding applications will be successful, which will allow our efforts to be directed to restoring the Isle of Bute Jazz Festival for 2012."

* For more, see this week's issue of The Buteman, on sale on Thursday, January 13.

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