Music lovers, musicians & visitors to the Darling Harbour Jazz Festival: Sign petition to let the DHFA know people want this festival to continue.
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Music lovers, musicians & visitors to the Darling Harbour Jazz Festival: Sign petition to let the DHFA know people want this festival to continue.

    1. Georgina Reed
    2. Petition by

      Georgina Reed

      Sydney, Australia

The Darling Harbour Jazz & Blues Festival began 22 years ago, and, annually, provides 3 days of vibrant, exciting entertainment for locals and visitors from around Australia and around the world. The festival is in danger of cancellation, so with support from all interested parties we hope to achieve a change in policy by the SHFA. The festival attracts approx 250,000 to 300,000 every year, and employs many people, plus gives exposure to many many local and international artists who would otherwise remain in obscurity. It also gives credence to and provides the Darling Harbour precinct with an economy and tourist boost during the slow season.

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    1. THANK YOU!!

      Georgina Reed
      Petition Organizer

      My heartfelt thanks to everyone who signed the petition. Who knows if the DHFA will ever reconsider their decision to cancel this iconic festival. To all musicians and music lovers, keep playing and keep supporting live music so future generations can continue to enjoy this wonderful pasttime.

      The Petition has reached 1500 signatures and is now closed.
      My grateful thanks for your support.

    2. 1500 PEOPLE agree!!

      Georgina Reed
      Petition Organizer

      Here are some of the comments from well known artists who signed this petition:
      Bonnie J Jensen: Live music is the heart and soul of the city. Sydney has stunning musicians and we are dying to share our gifts, skills and talents with the citizens of our land!
      John Morrison: This festival is a Sydney Cultural Icon. I can just see our American and European friends shaking their heads as they watch Australia head back to the 1950's when they used to say "The only culture in Australia is yogurt."
      Jeff Duff: Music is the life blood and heart beat of Sydney. Without music we die emotionally! Having performed at this festival many times, losing this festival will be a major loss personally and even more of a loss for live music fans..

    3. Reached 1,500 signatures
    4. Music lovers continue to sign the petition...

      Georgina Reed
      Petition Organizer

      Broadcaster Sharon Thompson spoke with Georgina Reed at 2:30pm today (5/2/13) on Northside Radio FM99.3 to get an update on the Save Darling Harbour Jazz & Blues Festival petition status.
      We're pleased to advise that within a few minutes of that interview, 8 more people had signed the petition.
      So thanks to the power of radio, and the power of the public getting behind and supporting this worthwhile cause.
      Thank you everyone for signing, and thank you Sharon and FM99.3 for continuing to keep everyone updated on what's happening with this initiative.

    5. Why retain the Darling Harbour Jazz & Blues Festival???

      Georgina Reed
      Petition Organizer

      With 1000s of music performances & 1000s of visitors over 22 years, the festival now boasts approx 300,000 visitors per annum which brings approx $15m revenue into Sydney's economy.
      Why would the SHFA choose to cancel this event?
      What other bonafide event could replace this established, world-renowned festival that
      a) provides so many people with employment, exposure & satisfaction
      b) brings such a huge financial boost to the precinct, and
      c) attracts vast numbers of tourists from intrastate, interstate & overseas?
      Where else can people under 18 (many potential musicians) who cant go to licenced venues, see so many diverse bands playing in one area over a 3-day w/end in the CBD?
      The festival enables everyone to experience first hand the highly personal energy exchange between musicians & audience.
      You cant get that experience from TV, a CD, a computer, iPod or light show!
      Why Save the Darling Harbour Jazz & Blues Festival?
      Why NOT save the Darling Harbour Jazz & Blues Festival?

    6. Save Darling Harbour Jazz & Blues Festival - Rally Photos

      Georgina Reed
      Petition Organizer
    7. Update: Save Darling Harbour Jazz & Blues Festival

      Georgina Reed
      Petition Organizer

      Today at 12noon a small gathering of musicians and music lovers met on the steps of Parliament House in Macquarie St. where music was played and signs displayed to let the public and our politicians know that the cancellation of the 2013 Darling Harbour Jazz & Blues Festival is unwarranted. Police assisted as the muso's played and concerned individuals spoke , voicing their support for the continuation of the festival.
      At 2:00pm the group reassembled at 66 Harrington St in The Rocks at the SHFA offices. Music was once again performed, with supporters showing signs. Georgina Reed arrived with an envelope containing the "Save Darling harbour Jazz & Blues Festival" Petition of 1024 names. This was hand delivered to a member of the SHFA staff who promised to deliver it to the people within the Authority who make the decisions.
      We thank everyone who attended the rally at both sites, and note that more people are continuing to sign the petition which is still open.

    8. Reached 1,000 signatures
    9. ANGER AT DECISION TO CANCEL JAZZ FESTIVAL - Central Sydney P.7

      Georgina Reed
      Petition Organizer
      NewsLocal | Central

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    10. TODAY'S THE DAY... PLEASE COME TO THE RALLY, IF YOU CAN...

      Georgina Reed
      Petition Organizer

      We need just over 80 people to sign this Petition to reach the 1000 target!!
      What else can YOU do?
      Attend one of the TWO rallies in the city TODAY!
      Details here: www.facebook.com/events/365838500181465/
      More details here: www.facebook.com/SaveDHJBFestival

    11. Sydney musician John Wardle to talk to Adam Spencer on ABC 702

      Georgina Reed
      Petition Organizer

      Tomorrow (Wed 30 Jan), John Wardle Sydney musician and the man behind the "Raise the Bar" initiative which changed the outdated P.O.P.E licencing laws, will be talking with the ABC's Adam Spencer about the Darling Harbour Jazz & Blues Festival...
      Tune into Breakfast with Adam Spender tomorrow morning on ABC 702... here's the link: http://www.abc.net.au/sydney/programs/702_breakfast/

      Breakfast with Adam Spencer | 702 ABC Sydney | Australian Broadcasting Corporation

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    12. Reached 750 signatures
    13. SEE YOU AT THE RALLY TOMORROW!!

      Georgina Reed
      Petition Organizer

      Thanks to some of the wonderful musicians, supporters and businesses who have taken up the challenge to Save Darling Harbour Jazz & Blues Festival including Leslie Moore, John Morrison, Geoff Bull, Jeff Duff, Bonnie J Jensen, John Wardle, Lily Dior, Dale Barlow, James Valentine, Birdland Records, Musomap, MEAA, APRA, AIM, Northside FM99.3, Eastside 89.7FM, 2SER 107.3FM, RN 702, and countless others. We acknowledge and thank you and every one who has signed the petition.
      Please forward the link onto your friends, mailing lists, and anyone you can think of who can help... http://tiny.cc/rfyhrw
      and SEE YOU AT THE RALLY TOMORROW!!
      www.facebook.com/SaveDHJBFestival/events

    14. What's all this jazz? - letter to SMH from Rob Scott - 29 Jan 2013

      Georgina Reed
      Petition Organizer

      Up to 300,000 people witnessed last year's Darling Harbour Jazz and Blues Festival. Did we go out of boredom, curiosity? The volume of applause that followed each artist said it all. Think again, Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority.
      Rob Scott - Eastlakes

    15. We've achieved over 700 signatories... so we're now aiming for 1000!!

      Georgina Reed
      Petition Organizer

      In just FOUR days we've reached over 700 signatures on this petition!! CONGRATULATIONS everyone! Outstanding achievement!!!

      Now for the challenge...Can we get 1000 by 2pm tomorrow (Wed 30 Jan)?
      Please forward the page link to every musician you know and every person who loves music and ask them to support the SAVE DARLING HARBOUR JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL. Also, share the Facebook Page
      www.facebook.com/SaveDHJBFestival
      This is our last chance... so PLEASE dont wait for someone else to do this... take action NOW!
      A few people can make the world of difference!
      Let's show the DHFA we mean business... MUSIC business!!
      Regards,
      The team.. (Leslie Moore, Geoff Bull, John Morrison, Georgina Reed)

      Save Darling Harbour Jazz & Blues Festival

      Attend one of the TWO rallies planned for Wed 30 January, as follows: 1. Meet at 12noon on the...

    16. FM99.3's Sharon Thompson talks to Georgina Reed today 1:30pm

      Georgina Reed
      Petition Organizer

      Tune your radio to Northside FM99.3 at 1:30pm today to hear the interview by Sharon Thompson with Georgina regarding the Save Darling Harbour Jazz & Blues Festival initiative.
      Listen live on www.fm993.com.au

      FM99.3: Northside Radio - Home

      FM99.3 is the North Shore's community radio station broadcasting a variety of community based and specialty music programs including jazz, psychedelic rock, dance, reggae, soul, blues, folk, rockabilly and more.

    17. What's all this jazz? - letter to SMH from Dale Barlow - 29 Jan 2013

      Georgina Reed
      Petition Organizer

      For 22 years now the Darling Harbour Jazz Festival has hosted some of the finest international & local performers of our times and attracted jazz lovers from Japan, Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong, New Caledonia, NZ and much farther afield, who flock every year to Sydney to enjoy its delights (''Musicians on mute as harbour jazz show is axed'', Jan 28).
      Although it is a free event, the amount of accommodation, food, beverages, transport and subsequent employment generated is much more cost effective than, say, the Olympics for the average Sydneysider. Most people attending would never otherwise have the opportunity to see such a wealth of talent on display.
      It is a resounding indictment of Australia and Sydney that we can have such a short-sighted attitude towards something of major and lasting cultural significance. Our city will be all the poorer as a result of recklessly abandoning this festival, and Darling Harbour will go back to being a tacky shopping mall.
      Dale Barlow - Petersham

    18. Reached 700 signatures
    19. Renowned jazz vocalist Lily Dior to interviw Georgina Reed on Eastside

      Georgina Reed
      Petition Organizer

      On Tuesday 29 January, presenter and singer Lily Dior will talk with Georgina regarding the Save Darling Harbour Jazz & Blues Festival initiative.
      Tune to Lily's show "Voices" on Eastside Radio 89.7FM between 2 & 4pm.
      Listen live on www.eastsidefm.org

    20. We've UPPED the ANTI...

      Georgina Reed
      Petition Organizer

      As we've reached our initial goal of 500 signatures, we've increased our target to 700. Please sign, or spread the word about saving the Darling Harbour Jazz & Blues Festival.
      All assistance gratefully appreciated!
      Let's keep this Festival alive and well for many years to come for Sydney-siders and our national and international visitors. Let's be proud to present such a diverse and culturally relevant music festival with so many brilliant and talented musicians performing at one of the best locations in the world!!

    21. Tonight Mon 28 Jan, tune to 2SER 107.3FM from 7:30pm "On the Corner"

      Georgina Reed
      Petition Organizer

      Listen to "On the Corner" Jazz music program, presented by Dave Sampson & Peter Nelson, tonight from 7:30pm on 2SER. Dave will be talking with Georgina Reed, broadcaster & publicist, about the Darling Harbour Jazz & Blues Festival and implications of it's imminent cancellation.

    22. James Valentine to interview Leslie Moore (founding member of DHJ&BF)

      Georgina Reed
      Petition Organizer

      On Tuesday 29 January between 1pm & 3pm, broadcaster, musician & writer James Valentine will be talking with Leslie Moore (one of the founders of the Darling Harbour Jazz & Blues Festival) on his program "Afternoons" on 702 ABC Sydney. Listen live on this link:
      http://www.abc.net.au/sydney/programs/webcam_radio.htm?ref=listenlive

    23. Reached 500 signatures
    24. Central Magazine - City of Sydney

      Georgina Reed
      Petition Organizer

      Look out for article by James Gorman in Central Magazine, the community paper for the City of Sydney, this Wednesday 30 January.
      http://digitaledition.centralmag.com.au/#folio=1

      NewsLocal | Central

      Central, Central magazine, local news, lifestyle, entertainment news, reviews, real estate, property, arts, entertainment, classifieds in Sydney CBD.

    25. Sydney Morning Herald article - 28 January 2013

      Georgina Reed
      Petition Organizer

      Andrew Taylor, Arts reporter with the Sydney Morning Herald writes in today's paper... "Musicians on mute as harbour jazz show is axed"...
      read full article here:
      http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/music/musicians-on-mute-as-harbour-jazz-show-is-axed-20130127-2dezr.html#ixzz2JCnIgpfQ

      Musicians on mute as harbour jazz show is axed

      To be axed ... the Darling Harbour Jazz and Blues Festival. Photo: Supplied JAZZ musicians will take to the streets on Wednesday to protest against the axing of Sydney's biggest jazz festival. After 22 years, the Darling Harbour Jazz and Blues Festival has been dumped by the government authority that manages the precinct.

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    Reasons for signing

    • Katherine Ly AUSTRALIA
      • 9 months ago

      I am a Sydney musician in support of community events featuring Australian talent

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    • graeme conning AUSTRALIA
      • 10 months ago

      because i play music

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    • David Messiter AUSTRALIA
      • 10 months ago

      Live music is needed in this world, it brings joy and happiness.

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    • Monique Morrell BOWRAL, AUSTRALIA
      • 10 months ago

      I was an inaugural performer at this festival, and for many years afterwards , as well as the occasion of the 20th anniversary. It is disappointing to think that the festival which helped bring me so much exposure won't be available to other artists.

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    • Jessica Leung AUSTRALIA
      • 11 months ago

      An iconic event that i encourage friends and family from around Australia as well as overseas to come and enjoy

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