Detroit – The 2023 Detroit Jazz Festival presented by Dirty Dog Jazz Cafe, the world’s largest free jazz festival, continued to attract a livestream global audience of approximately 1.5M listeners/viewers from 23 countries (see graph) during the past Labor Day weekend according to Chris Collins, Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation president and artistic director. The data was collected and confirmed through Restream, a cloud multi-streaming service headquartered in Austin, Texas.
The Festival also calculated more than 300,000 in-person attendees in downtown Detroit throughout the weekend to watch performances on three stages on Cadillac Square and in Hart Plaza. Thousands of diverse festival goers who enjoy Detroit culture and free, live musical performances by some of the greatest artists of our time gathered into the downtown area in a way that has become a unique Detroit Jazz Festival tradition.
Jazz enthusiasts locally, nationally, and globally enjoyed more than 50 performances in-person, and/or livestreamed and broadcast “live” for free on the Festival’s website and social media channels (Facebook, YouTube). Detroit’s Arts and Entertainment Channel, and detroitiptv (an affiliate of the Urban Information Network) also carried the livestreams.
“We’re very honored and grateful for the support we continue to receive from our ever-growing collection of sponsors, donors and grantors in Detroit, across the country and around the world,” said Collins. “Our mission, set forth by our Angel of Jazz, the late Gretchen C. Valade, will always be to produce a best-in-class festival that honors the legacy of jazz in Detroit and abroad, opens the door for jazz revolutionaries and global influences to showcase the diverse tapestry of jazz to the world, and maintain a keen focus on attracting new resources to keep the jazz festival free for all audiences.”
About the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation
Under the leadership of President and Artistic Director Chris Collins, the Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation is an independent, non-profit organization that presents jazz and educational workshops throughout the year. The Foundation produces the Detroit Jazz Festival, which is the signature event for the Foundation and the largest free jazz festival in the world. The Festival is also a major tourist attraction for the City of Detroit, with 26 percent of its audience coming from out of state. For more information, visit detroitjazzfest.org.
The Foundation receives grant funding from the DTE Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Arts Midwest, D’Addario Foundation and Carolyn Wanzo and the Purify Wanzo CTAA Endowment at Wayne State University. Hundreds of individuals also contribute to the Festival through membership and donations.
Major corporate partners include Rocket Mortgage, Carhartt, JP Morgan Chase, Absopure and Kia.
Media partners include Fox 2 Detroit, WJR Newstalk 760 AM, WEMU-FM, DownBeat, JazzTimes, WRCJ 90.9 FM, Channel 22, city of Detroit’s new arts and entertainment channel; Qwest TV and Detroit Public Television.
For more information, visit:
Website – www.detroitjazzfest.org
Facebook — @DetroitJazzFestival
Twitter — @DetroitJazzFest
Instagram — @DetroitJazzFest