None of the festivals organized and hosted by the Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) is dishing out profits, according to CEO of the DDA, Colin Piper.
The DDA has been organizing the World Creole Music Festival (WCMF), Carnival and Jazz ‘n Creole but all have been operating at a loss.
“No, no, no, a profit hasn’t been made,” he said on Monday in relations to Jazz ‘n Creole. “A profit hasn’t been made for Carnival, Jazz, or World Creole Music Festival.”
Piper noted that unlike the WCMF and Carnival, the DDA does not receive a government subvention for Creole ‘n Jazz, nor does it form part of the government’s budget.
He described the budget for Creole ‘n Jazz as ‘very small.’
“This is a budget that comes entirely from the Discover Dominica Authority, because we felt that a third event was needed,” he said.
He noted that for the first few years of the Creole ‘n Jazz, with the exception of 2013 when Monty Alexander headlined, the DDA has been operating on a budget of EC$ 200,000 , “which is probably less than they are paying the headline act in St. Lucia.”
“So here we are having to do a fringe event, bring in quality artists, travel, hotel, per diem, stage, sound and light, venue preparation, transportation all the things that go into putting this thing together,” he explained.
Piper noted that presently Creole ‘n Jazz is in its developmental phase, “the next five years will be the growth phase and then from 10 years on would be the maturation phase, where we now try to reap the benefits.”