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Newport Jazz Festival Australia is run by Melbourne Jazz Jammers Inc.

The Next Newport Festival?

Amnesia, a necessary condition for those wishing to go again, is setting in amongst the Committee.... and this is (the only!) time of year when we have the luxury of deciding what to keep, what to change, what to do better and what to do less of... some interesting Committee discussions on that score

What to keep: the early May date, the ticketing set-up, getting bands to cross promote the Festival on social media, having headline acts,  balloons,  limiting the number of bands so musicians recover more of their costs, engaging as wide a range of genres (trad, classic swing, bebop, contemporary etc.) as possible to meet audience expectations; big bands as well as small, full venues, a final act to finish with a packed house

What to change: partner tickets for musicians (we had musicians discount tickets, but they did not really sell...), more Festival banners, less newspaper advertising.

What to do better: better equipment (all our 2024 gear was loaned by Jammers), food choices, the presentation of each venue (a work in progress)


In conclusion: audience numbers were up by over 20%, the Festival nearly doubled the reimbursement to musicians, the volunteers were the best so far, and sponsorship increased signficantly.


So.... 2nd May to 4th May 2025 - you read it here first.

2024 Sponsors

Bendigo Community Bank,  with  Altona Lions Club who are returning as sponsors, (they saved the Festival in 2023),  and  The Boatshed Cafe, who are terrific year round supporters of live music.  Hobsons Bay City Council have already joined the party, and provided funding support for the Festival

2024 Newport Jazz Festival Sponsors

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