From The Seattle Times:

The jazz festival story down in Portland has been full of drama: The large enterprise made an immediate, commercial impact on the city when it began in 2004 but suddenly went under last month, and the upcoming sixth-annual festival set for February 2009 was canceled. Then it was saved by a large, cash infusion from a deep-pocketed benefactor, Alaska Airlines, who PDX Jazz organizers announced had agreed to be the event’s title sponsor.

By contrast, Earshot Jazz Festival, Seattle’s largest and most ambitious jazz series, operates on about half the budget (Earshot’s annual budget is about $250,000), and is funded largely not by corporate, commercial interests but endowments, public commissions and private philanthropy.

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