Area businesses looking for a unique way to garner some exposure will have an opportunity with a new program from City of Jamestown Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department.
The Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department will be seeking partners to help support and continue its annual Summer Bandshell Concert Series, which is held at the Goranson Bandshell in Allen Park.
The Jamestown Municipal Band began performing in Allen Park in the 1950s, with annual events commencing after the construction of the bandshell in 1966. In the past, the bandshell has also hosted performers including the Jamestown High School Concert Band, youth ensembles from Infinity Visual and Performing Arts and local artists such as the Steve Johnson Band and Porcelain Bus Drivers.
In the past, the Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department has solicited general donations, but there is a considerable cost associated with putting on the concert series.
"We thought it might be enticing to some businesses to be able to have a concert named for them," said Julia Ciesla-Hanley, recreation coordinator. "I actually spoke to someone while I was out of town who had been a member of the municipal band in the past. She had friends that wanted to contribute, but didn't know how to go about it. We're trying to get the word out that these concerts are still happening. It's really a gem to have in our park system because not everyone has a summer series. I've heard that municipal bands are dwindling, so having one for this many years is quite an achievement, and they're really excellent, too."
While the city has provided a limited amount of funding for the concert series, the ability to have a full season has been largely due to donations from area foundations, businesses and individuals in the past. For the first time, the Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department will be offering the opportunity for businesses or organizations to solely sponsor a concert.
The cost to sponsor a single performance is $800 and gives the sponsor exclusive naming rights to that performance, which will include mentions in any communications with the media, announcements at all of the concerts and the ability to promote the business or organization at the performance. Any sponsorship contributions under $800 will still receive recognition in media communications and in the concert announcements.
According to Ciesla-Hanley, one of the primary reasons for this development was because the Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department has been approached in the past about this type of sponsorship.
"There was a group in the past that had asked about this, so I thought now would be a good time to try it," said Ciesla-Hanley. "We try to solicit for donations early because there are other groups in the city that plan summer activities, and we like to let our music groups know in advance, too."
For more information about how to support the Summer Concert series or about Parks Department programming, contact Julia Ciesla-Hanley at 483-7523. Information is also available online at www.jamestownny.net.