Christmas shoppers looking for unique gift ideas are being given the chance to adopt a gig for a friend or relative at next year’s Marsden Jazz Festival.
The festival’s organisers are asking people to help support the free gigs at the 2017 festival by adopting a gig for £50.
Kirklees Council previously provided £10,000 each year to help fund the festival but has confirmed it is no long able to provide large-scale financial support due to budget cuts.
The Adopt a Gig scheme was held for the first time at the 2016 festival, raising over £1,500 to support free gigs and events.
Everyone who adopts a gig will receive an e-certificate and have their name printed in the 2017 festival programme.
Festival Producer Barney Stevenson said:”We were delighted with the response we got to the Adopt a Gig scheme at our 25th festival and we hope even more people will sign up.
“It’s really important to us the majority of the gigs at the festival are free so as many people as possible are able to experience live jazz music. But we need the support of businesses and festival goers to keep the gigs free.
“We’re also asking local businesses to consider adopting one of our outdoor or headliner stages, which feature youth and community bands as well as internationally-acclaimed artists.”
The 2016 festival also included over 140 hours of live music at 25 venues over three days as well as the street parade and an artisan market in Marsden’s Victorian park.