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Jazzhus Montmartre saved for four more years
Copenhagen’s legendary jazz venue, Jazzhus Montmartre has been saved last minute by the Copenhagen City Council in combination with a large donation from an anonymous private donor making it possible to continue until January 1st, 2025.
The board of Montmartre decided a few weeks ago to close the club and had to serve notice to staff and premises.
The background was that the Danish State's Art Council had turned down an application for state funding to Montmartre as a regional venue for the next four years, despite support and a recommendation to this role from the Copenhagen City Council.
On top of that the coronavirus limitations have meant a large deficit built up over the past months, and together made it impossible to see a sustainable future for the club.
However, the sad news made a lot of people come forward with support. In particular one private donor, that wanted to step in and save the club. The substantial donation is ongoing for four years, and is given on the condition of anonymity.
The City Council has also decided to grant Montmartre special coronavirus support, and on this basis Montmartre’s board met this morning and decided to re-open the club in November.
The board has re-employed the CEO, Jonas Dyrved, and the artistic director, Jan Lundgren, and has called back the termination of rental of the premises.
This new long-term sustainable solution is made possible in part by the donation from the Copenhagen City Council of 1 million DKK annually for four years, and in part by the private donation.
But there have also been extraordinary contributions from “Augustinus Fonden” and “Konsul Georg Jorck og Hustru Emma Jorcks Fond”.
The donations make it possible to repay all debt, survive long term, and thus reopen in November.
Montmartre’s chairman, Michael Christiansen, says:
“Ten years of hard work to create a more sustainable solution for Montmartre has finally succeeded. We owe our deepest gratitude to a group of people and institutions, who is now making the reopening possible against all odds. Montmartre has for decades been the Danish national scene for jazz. Built on proud traditions going back to the golden age in the 1950s and 60s with many legends playing the intimate club. This rescue plan will secure an even stronger presence, both with regards to attracting the very best from the world elite to the intimate venue, but also finding and developing a lot of new talents”.
Copenhagen’s mayor for cultural affairs, Franciska Rosenkilde, says:
”Jazzhus Montmartre is an iconic venue of great importance for the arts and live music community in Copenhagen. I am very happy that an undivided Cultural Committee in Copenhagen has now secured support for Montmartre for the next four years, and on top of that also extraordinary support due to the coronavirus to overcome the crisis”.