Funding for award winning Doncaster Youth Jazz Association has to end, says mayor Peter Davies

AWARD WINNERS: (l-r) Jodie Nevin, 18, Ewan McNeil, 17, Amy Ross, 19, John Ellis, Director, Matthew Summers, 21, Torryn Smith, 19, Ellie Whittaker, 16, Thomas Strachan, 14, members of Doncaster Youth Jazz Association pictured when the association received the Outstanding Performance Award at the National Jazz Festival.It now faces having its funding cut.
AWARD WINNERS: (l-r) Jodie Nevin, 18, Ewan McNeil, 17, Amy Ross, 19, John Ellis, Director, Matthew Summers, 21, Torryn Smith, 19, Ellie Whittaker, 16, Thomas Strachan, 14, members of Doncaster Youth Jazz Association pictured when the association received the Outstanding Performance Award at the National Jazz Festival.It now faces having its funding cut.
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DONCASTER’S mayor Peter Davies says that it is “difficult” to justify further council funding to the town’s award-winning Youth Jazz Association.

He told the Free Press that it was difficult to continue granting it a “large amount of money” while other deserving groups missed out.

In Doncaster Council’s draft budget proposals, there are plans to cease funding to the highly-acclaimed group, after nearly a decade of council grants.

In the current financial year, the Youth Jazz Association - which boasts jazz legend Dennis Rollins as an alumni - was granted £28,000 by the council.

Mr Davies said: “They’ve been very well-treated by the council over a long period of time and have been given a colossal amount of money for a music group.

“Last year, when we proposed cutting their funding, we listened to their protestations and came to a compromise at £28,000 and they knew that this year would be the end of the road.”

He added that discussions were continuing about alternative ways to raise funds.