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Jazz In Strange Places Wins Arts Cash

Coventry's Jazz Festival has received a major cash boost, after winning a grant from West Midlands Arts for an imaginative approach to the music.

Itís the first time that an event in the city organised by Coventry and Warwickshire Promotions has been given money by the body.

The use of buildings such as Holy Trinity church and St Maryís appealed to the Arts Board, as did the breadth of the programme over the course of the five-day festival, which starts on 24 August.

And the use of the Belgrade Theatre for some of the bigger concerts, such as legend McCoy Tyner was also applauded.

The £8,000 award was also made because of the educational content of free workshops, which are being held to encourage young musicians to develop an interest and skills in jazz.

West Midlands Arts Music Officer Val Birchall said:

"West Midlands Arts welcomes this initiative to target more young people to attend the festival and was particularly interested in the strategy of using venues which do not normally host arts events in this context".

The award compliments principal sponsorship from Marconi and support from Jaguar and Pizza Express.

For festival ticket and booking information contact the Coventry Tourist Information Centre at Bayley Lane, Coventry 024 7683 2303 /2304.

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