During the current COVID-19 pandemic the 2020 Frankston Music Festival Organising Committee has been responding to Government and local Council advice.
All of the venues for the independent clubs, restaurants and community groups providing live music had already cancelled or postponed performances in accordance with requirements.
Yesterday, Frankston City Council, as an essential service, extended the closure of Frankston Arts Centre beyond Easter Monday until 31 May.
Accordingly, our Gala Show Fem Belling‘s 'A night at the Oscars' on 1 May is cancelled and all patrons who had purchased tickets will be refunded in full.
The 2020 Organising Committee held on to the last, where there was some ray of hope, in support of artists, music loving patrons and our wonderful venues.
Clearly this is the right decision, the health and safety of our community is paramount, but we must feel for the many musicians, artists and venues who have lost their livelihood - this is a devastating personal impact of the pandemic.
We also feel for all the volunteers on the 2020 Organising Committee who worked so hard work over the last six months, inspired to produce another great Frankston Music Festival, only to have all their efforts lost just a month out from the starting line. We are most grateful for all their hard work.
The 2020 Festival is the last year of our Major Local Community Event Grant.
Our future is not secure.
Frankston Council’s 2020/21 Budget is in review and council are considering organically growing a Signature Event for 2021.
The proposed Winter Festival comprises a month-long program of events that meets the following criteria:
Held late autumn or early spring
Highlights arts, culture and heritage
Showcases existing events
Features a new showcase / drawcard event.
If one looks at our program, this proposal looks very much like the structure and design of Frankston Music festival - our festival ticks all these boxes. The only major difference is the funding on offer for a showcase drawcard event. We have some ideas for this - our volunteer community event could afford a professional Festival Office and organic growth would only be limited by our imagination and our ability to collaborate and implement. Expressions of interest have been sought by Council. Clearly, we are very interested. This is what Proudly Frankston/Frankston Music Festival have sought from the get-go. A final decision is due May.
Out of the COVID-19 disaster we may emerge bigger and better. Our efforts would not be wasted. Watch this space!