Producers and city representatives came to the conclusion that the 19th year of the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival scheduled for June 19-27 should be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a distributed letter, producers Marc Iacona and John Nugent announced the cancelation Thursday, citing an effort to help limit the spread of COVID-19 to “keep our community safe.”
Iacona and Nugent stated in their release:
“In the past two weeks since we announced our 2020 festival lineup, our world has been turned upside down. The health crisis we are experiencing has resulted in significant loss of life and illness, growing fear, and unprecedented disruption in all aspects of our lives.
During this time we have been communicating around the clock with artists and other festivals around the world, as we are all in similar circumstances, trying to determine what we can and cannot do.
Most importantly, we have been closely communicating with the City of Rochester and Monroe County and its Department of Public Health. It is with a very heavy heart that we announce today that we must cancel our 19th edition festival for June 19-27. This is a matter of public safety. We need to do our part to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and keep our community safe.”
The producers and the city are optimistic that the festival can be rescheduled in the fall. The festival is actively working with agents and artists to give priority to those who were originally scheduled.