More cuts may hit Darwen Live music festival

Blackburn Citizen: Flashback to Darwen Live 2013 with Amy Bielizna of Selfish Lovers on stage Flashback to Darwen Live 2013 with Amy Bielizna of Selfish Lovers on stage

COUNCIL chiefs have warned that cuts to local government funding could see a reduction in its financial support for the annual Darwen Live music festival.

Blackburn with Darwen executive member for leisure Coun Damian Talbot said the borough was having to review all services, including events like Darwen Live.

It comes as organisers called on businesses to support the event through sponsorships.

Coun Talbot said: “We are looking at projected budget cuts for the next year so we are having to review all services.

“We may have to reduce the funds we give towards Darwen Live. We would not like to do this as it is a major event.

“We would certainly still support the event, just not with the same amount of money.” Meanwhile, planning for this year’s event is well under way with acts soon to be announced. Benn Robinson, of Darwen Music Projects, said: “We’re delighted with the acts that have confirmed so far, a fantastic combination of local original artists as well as nationally-acclaimed performers. Darwen Live is one of the largest free-to-attend music events in the north of England, right on our doorstep, and something the whole community can be involved in and proud of.

“There are opportunities for local businesses and organisations to connect with the thousands of people attending Darwen Live.”

For further information on becoming an event partner, email darwenlive @darwentowncouncil.org.uk.

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7:44am Fri 28 Feb 14

HelpingDarwen says...

The same council that yesterday sold off the Access Point (previously used to help people find jobs) due to costcutting pressure, is still considering giving money to a commercial pop music event that can't financially stand on its own two feet. Is it just me, or has someone got their priorities wrong with OUR money?
The same council that yesterday sold off the Access Point (previously used to help people find jobs) due to costcutting pressure, is still considering giving money to a commercial pop music event that can't financially stand on its own two feet. Is it just me, or has someone got their priorities wrong with OUR money? HelpingDarwen
  • Score: -5

8:51am Fri 28 Feb 14

Progressive Penguin says...

HelpingDarwen wrote:
The same council that yesterday sold off the Access Point (previously used to help people find jobs) due to costcutting pressure, is still considering giving money to a commercial pop music event that can't financially stand on its own two feet. Is it just me, or has someone got their priorities wrong with OUR money?
Firstly - Darwen Live isn't a "Commercial" event. There is no commercial organisation behind Darwen Live and it doesn't make any money for the organisers, its held for the benefit of the local community - in terms of local businesses, raising the profile of the town, providing free entertainment and giving a high profile platform to local musicians.

Its not even a "pop music" event either, its more than 80% local acts that span many genres- very few of which are "pop" - and the headline acts can't really be called pop music either.

Secondly - the budget that the Access Point funding comes from is seperate from the one that the Darwen Live funding comes from. In the same way that the council can't take money from the roadworks fund to prop up the social care fund.

Perhaps a little research may be helpful in future. You may not see Darwen Live as a priority but thankfully more people realise how much it brings to our little town
[quote][p][bold]HelpingDarwen[/bold] wrote: The same council that yesterday sold off the Access Point (previously used to help people find jobs) due to costcutting pressure, is still considering giving money to a commercial pop music event that can't financially stand on its own two feet. Is it just me, or has someone got their priorities wrong with OUR money?[/p][/quote]Firstly - Darwen Live isn't a "Commercial" event. There is no commercial organisation behind Darwen Live and it doesn't make any money for the organisers, its held for the benefit of the local community - in terms of local businesses, raising the profile of the town, providing free entertainment and giving a high profile platform to local musicians. Its not even a "pop music" event either, its more than 80% local acts that span many genres- very few of which are "pop" - and the headline acts can't really be called pop music either. Secondly - the budget that the Access Point funding comes from is seperate from the one that the Darwen Live funding comes from. In the same way that the council can't take money from the roadworks fund to prop up the social care fund. Perhaps a little research may be helpful in future. You may not see Darwen Live as a priority but thankfully more people realise how much it brings to our little town Progressive Penguin
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12:19pm Fri 28 Feb 14

HelpingDarwen says...

create jobs vs fund a pop concert?
create jobs vs fund a pop concert?
Give me a minute. Let me think......
create jobs vs fund a pop concert? create jobs vs fund a pop concert? Give me a minute. Let me think...... HelpingDarwen
  • Score: -9

1:44pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Progressive Penguin says...

HelpingDarwen wrote:
create jobs vs fund a pop concert? create jobs vs fund a pop concert? Give me a minute. Let me think......
You clearly need some help with that thinking lark if you can't work out that raising the profile of Darwen and bringing more people in to spend money with local businesses helps to create and maintain jobs. Reading doesn't seem to be a strong point either
[quote][p][bold]HelpingDarwen[/bold] wrote: create jobs vs fund a pop concert? create jobs vs fund a pop concert? Give me a minute. Let me think......[/p][/quote]You clearly need some help with that thinking lark if you can't work out that raising the profile of Darwen and bringing more people in to spend money with local businesses helps to create and maintain jobs. Reading doesn't seem to be a strong point either Progressive Penguin
  • Score: -2

1:53pm Fri 28 Feb 14

HelpingDarwen says...

Patronising Penguin, a little respect for the views of others please!
Patronising Penguin, a little respect for the views of others please! HelpingDarwen
  • Score: -5

8:27pm Fri 28 Feb 14

english rose 1 says...

HelpingDarwen - I can see where u r coming from, but all the services provided at the Access Point are now being provided at alternative locations. So the role in job creation will not be lost by the sale of the Access Point.
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So it's not a case of pitting one service versus another event. Both will carry on !
HelpingDarwen - I can see where u r coming from, but all the services provided at the Access Point are now being provided at alternative locations. So the role in job creation will not be lost by the sale of the Access Point. * So it's not a case of pitting one service versus another event. Both will carry on ! english rose 1
  • Score: 2

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