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.