John Nugent and Marc Iacona, co-owners of RIJF, LLC and co-producers of the Rochester International Jazz Festival, one of the world’s leading jazz festivals, announced today that CGI Communications will be the festival's new title sponsor.
“CGI will succeed Xerox Corporation, which has been the festival’s title sponsor since 2009,” said Marc Iacona, festival co-producer and executive director. “We thank the Xerox team for 10 years of outstanding partnership and are grateful for all their support that engaged our fans and enhanced the festival’s mission in countless ways."
The festival, which just wrapped up its nine-day 17th edition on June 30 with 208,000 record attendance, will now be called the CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival Presented by M&T Bank.
Established in 1987, CGI Communications, Inc. is a leader in digital marketing solutions. Headquartered in Rochester
, NY, CGI Communications, Inc. employs over 350 full-time staff with branch offices in Chicago, Indianapolis, Richmond, Louisville, and Knoxville. Having fully produced over 250,000 videos for municipalities, chambers of commerce, counties, associations, and local businesses across the country, CGI constantly evolves with changing technology to create new and interesting initiatives to promote communities and organizations.
“CGI is growing and has made a significant commitment to downtown Rochester, where our festival has been based since it was founded in 2002,” said Iacona. “We are pleased to welcome them as a new sponsor and look forward to their support as we continue to invest in what has become one of the nation’s leading jazz festivals.”
CGI Communications CEO and Chairman of the Board, Bob Bartosiewicz, said, “If it’s about Downtown Rochester, it’s important to CGI. And nothing screams Downtown Rochester more than the Rochester International Jazz Festival. CGI is thrilled to be the new title sponsor of this incredible event. Because for us, this is not about business; this is about our city and our community. It’s about fun, it’s about interaction, and it’s about coming together for a common cause, which is the growth and vitality of our wonderful city.”
The 17th edition 2018 festival, which was held June 22-30, drew more than 208,000 people to downtown Rochester for nine days of extraordinary music with 1500-plus artists from around the world performing in 320 shows at 20 venues.
Planning is already underway for the 18th Edition, which will be held June 21-29, 2019. The full 2019 lineup will be announced in March 2019. Club Passes will go on sale in October of this year.