Ticket sales and attendance held steady

Straight-ahead and cutting-edge jazz held center stage at the Idyllwild 2017 Jazz in the Pines festival. Each of the three venues offered new acts and interesting arrangements and sounds.

And, according to John Newman, Idyllwild Arts Foundation director of business operations, ticket sales and attendance were remarkably consistent with last year’s numbers. “Attendance was equal to last year,” said Newman, “1,700 paid attendees through the gates Saturday [plus another few hundred volunteers, musicians, vendors and IAF staff], and around 1,200 paid attendees on Sunday.”

Newman said net proceeds for scholarships were consistent with the last two years as well, but reports are still being finalized before any numbers are released to the IAF board. Newman added that combined ticket sales for the two days of this year’s festival were within $200 of last year, showing, in Newman’s opinion, a strong level of consistent support from patrons and fans.