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Falls weaning Hard Rock series off public funding

by TSchmitt
Fri, Dec 2nd 2011 09:23 am

Niagara Falls used city funds to help start a pair of downtown events. Now, city officials say it's time to see if those events can stand on their own.

City Council Chair Sam Fruscione announced Thursday a five-year plan to wean the the Hard Rock Cafe summer concert series and the Niagara Falls Blues Festival from public funding. Currently, the Hard Rock series gets $180,000 a year from the city while the group that organizes the blues festival gets about $30,000.

To start the process, the funding for each group will be cut by about 20 percent each year until they're self-standing.


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