THE organising committee of the Cork Jazz Festival won the second-quarter Cork Business Association award yesterday.
Committee chairman Bernard Casey accepted the accolade on behalf of the festival organisers.
The award, sponsored by Heineken and the Irish Examiner is presented to a chosen Cork business on a quarterly basis annually.
The four recipients then go forward as nominees for the Cork Business of the Year Award which this year will be presented at a gala dinner in November.
Speaking at the ceremony yesterday, Mr Casey paid tribute to the committee and sub-committee members who help organise the festival each year.
"This award co-insides with the 30th year of the Cork Jazz Festival as well as our move to new offices in Popes Quay.
"Receiving this award will further encourage the committee to continue our work on the jazz festival and we are now looking forward to the annual award ceremony in November," he said.
Mr Casey also paid tribute to jazz festival sponsors, Guinness as well as award sponsors Heineken and said they were both have very important roles in the development of the arts in Ireland.
The judges, which included city manager, Joe Gavin and chairman of Thomas Crosbie Holdings, Alan Crosbie, said they felt that the jazz festival meets the award criteria on several fronts and they wanted to honour and acknowledge the great work of the organising committee.
Chairman of the judging panel James O’Sullivan said: "The festival is organised by local volunteers and has been hugely successful since its inception 30 years ago."
The jazz festival committee is chaired by Bernard Casey and the other members are Mary Browne, Bill Johnson, Brian Culloty, Pearse Harvey, Pat Horgan, Noel O’Connell, Tony O’Neill, Thys Vogels and Michael White.
The annual Cork Jazz Festival attracts up to 40,000 visitors to Cork each year and generates €40 million in revenue for the city.
This year the committee plans to extend the festival into the community with a series of jazz events in schools, galleries, libraries, the City and County Hall foyers.