Jazz festival won't return to Whistler without municipal support 

JOMAW founder Arne Schwisberg asks for $150,000 in RMI funds

click to enlarge PHOTO BY SCOTT BRAMMER/COASTPHOTO.COM - Festival trouble A small crowd watches a performance at the 2011 Jazz on the Mountain at Whistler. The 2012 edition is plagued by a hefty deficit and strained relationship between festival  producers and the RMOW
  • Photo BY scott brammer/coastphoto.com
  • Festival trouble A small crowd watches a performance at the 2011 Jazz on the Mountain at Whistler. The 2012 edition is plagued by a hefty deficit and strained relationship between festival producers and the RMOW

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As per their communications strategy, the RMOW deferred all comments to Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden, who could not speak to Schwisberg's charge of brand mismanagement, as she was not mayor at the time, nor was she "following the issue very closely" at the time.

"I have not talked to any of the staff about it. I understand that (Schwisberg) is interested in staging an event this year," says Wilhelm-Morden.

"I believe that staff has been in discussion with him about the event and are looking for some information from him, but other than that I just don't know."

Wilhelm-Morden says that the RMOW has set up a policy framework around the RMI funds, which is overseen by the Festival, Events & Animation Oversight Committee.

Schwisberg arrived from Toronto last week to meet with various community stakeholders, including both the FE&A and RMI Oversight Committees, and says he has found "overwhelming groundswell of support" for the return of the festival.

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