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Stone Music & Arts Festival cancelled due to funding crisis

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: April 23, 2014

By Alison Thomas

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ORGANISERS of the Stone Music and Arts Festival have pulled the plug on this year’s event after a struggle to find sponsorship.

The move comes after Wedgwood - the biggest sponsor of the popular annual event - withdrew its sponsorship.

But organisers say they are determined to bring the festival back in 2015 and are already pursuing alternative funding.

Festival chairman Steve Brookes said he was disappointed that it had proved impossible to arrange a festival in time for July this year, due to the difficulties in securing enough sponsorship.

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The organisers are now concentrating their efforts on 2015 and are making a plea for the people of Stone to help them in make next year’s event a triumphant return.

Stone Music Festival is the West Midlands’ biggest free music festival and has attracted thousands of visitors to the town for two days of live music on stages in the High Street since 200.

The festival has received generous support from a number of local businesses, organisations and individuals over the years but main sponsor Wedgwood has now decided it is unable to commit to supporting the festival in 2014.

Dr Brookes commented: “To try and recover this deficit so close to July has led to this disappointing decision.

“Securing sponsorship is very difficult, particularly as we are all volunteers.

“We are very grateful to those local businesses that have supported us in the past and, of course, we are very grateful for the support of Wedgwood, our main sponsor over the last three years. “However, we still have the goodwill of our merry band of volunteers and we would like to encourage more local residents and businesses to join us, particularly with activities and ideas in relation to fund-raising. ”

He added that the organisers would be inviting residents and businesses to a public meeting in the next few weeks to help build up the Friends of the Festival group and start working on the 2015 event..

“It’s Stone’s music and arts festival so let everyone in the town join us in continuing to make this an event to be proud off,” he said.

“We are keen to encourage people from Stone to give as little or as much of their time as they can. It is very rewarding and we are building not only a good festival group but also a group of friends who share a love of music and arts”.

Anyone interested in supporting the festival can contact the Stone Music and Arts Festival Society via its website http://www.stonemusicandartsfestival.org or ringing Steve Brookes on 07890 267162

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