In 2006, the partnership between the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Shell first began. In the years since, the company has been Jazz Fest’s presenting sponsor. Now, it’s been announced the partnership will remain in place through 2024.
According to a press release, Shell “stepped up as the lead sponsor to ensure the survival of the city’s signature celebration of music and culture” in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Thanks to a new multi-year agreement, Shell will continue to support Jazz Fest and the official name of the event will be New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell.
“Shell has deep roots in Louisiana,” said Bruce Culpepper, U.S. Country Chair and President of Shell Oil Company. “We’ve been here for over a century and nearly every aspect of our business is represented here. Our continued sponsorship of Jazz Fest through 2024 shows our commitment to building a strong future in this place we call home.”
Jazz Fest Producer/Director Quint Davis said, “Shell’s generous support of Jazz Fest and the culture of New Orleans and Louisiana has been vital to the revival and growth of our cultural economy. We thank Bruce Culpepper and the thousands of employees at Shell for their steadfast commitment to the progress of the New Orleans community and the entire region.”
From April 25-28 and May 2-5, 2-19, Jazz Fest will celebrate its 50th anniversary. Like past iterations, the 2019 festival will generate hundreds of millions “in economic impact and tax revenues for the City and State,” per a press release.
Lineup and ticketing information for Jazz Fest will be announced in December. As previously reported by OffBeat.com, Brass Passes will only be good for seven of the eight days of Jazz Fest 2019.