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The Responsibility of Festivals

Title: The Responsibility of Festivals

Authors: Evan Neely, Chris Ng


We explore whether or not music festivals have a responsibility to benefit the surrounding geographic area and its community, looking into affordability and how festivals benefit the area that they are held in.


Janis Burley Wilson

  • Organizer of the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival
  • Interviewed at the August Wilson Center on April 17th

Richard Rattner

  • Organizer of Jam on Walnut
  • Interviewed on the phone on April 10th

Alex Kent

  • Volunteer at Thrival Festival
  • Interviewed on April 9th


Songs Used:

Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band – There’s the Rub

Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band – Hit the Ground Running

Jack Swing – NPR Tiny Desk Submission

Big Gigantic – C’mon (feat. Griz)