Shell and the producers of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival announced today that Shell will continue its presenting sponsorship as part of a new multi-year agreement. The long-term alliance with Shell first began in 2006 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, when Shell stepped up as the lead sponsor to ensure the survival of the city’s signature celebration of music and culture. The official name of the event will remain the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell.
Bruce Culpepper, U.S. Country Chair and President of Shell Oil Company said, “Shell has deep roots in Louisiana. 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.”
The announcement comes as Jazz Fest prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary, set for Thursday through Sunday on two weekends: April 25 – April 28 and May 2 – 5, 2019. The Festival’s music lineup and ticket information will be released in December.
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.”
A study of the 2018 event estimates the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell annually generates over $400 million in economic impact and tax revenues for the City and State.
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation, Inc. is the nonprofit organization that owns the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival presented by Shell. The Foundation uses the proceeds from Jazz Fest, and other raised funds, for year-round activities in the areas of education, economic development and cultural enrichment.
Header Photo: Jazz Fest Producer/Director, Quint Davis and Bruce Culpepper, President, Shell Oil Company announce the extension of Shell as Presenting Sponsor of the Festival through 2024. Photo Credit: J.R Thomason.