Pottery giant Wedgwood has stepped forward with funding for next year’s Stone Music Festival.
Chairman Steve Brookes revealed at the festival’s annual meeting on 12th October that the ‘Waterford Wedgwood Royal Doulton’ group will be supporting the 2011 festival, which will be held in the town from 23rd to 30th May.
And Steve hopes the Wedgwood funding will spark other offers of support from Stone and the wider area. He said: “This funding will now enable us to move forward. It is our hope that this cash injection will be matched by other firms in Stone and the surrounding area who are also keen to demonstrate their commitment to the community and to what we are trying to achieve.”
Festival organisers are also working on a funding application to the Arts Council and changed the name to ‘Stone Music Festival and Arts Society’, allowing the inclusion of the creative arts, drama and dance and paving the way for a bid for charitable status.
Festival organisers recently set up a Friend of Stone Music Festival scheme. People have to donate a minimum of £10 to sign up. As well as being kept up to date by email, Friends of the Festival will get a “bag of goodies” including a pen and key ring and preferential seating (on a first come, first served basis) at all the free stages during the week. They’ll also get first call on tickets for the few ticketed events.
Click here to become a Friend, or pick up a form from the Crown and Anchor or Granvilles in Station Road, or the Outdoor Cooperative in Radford Street.