Events DC Returns as a Major Sponsor of 17th Annual DC JazzFest

DC Jazz Fest at the Wharf

DC Jazz Fest at the Wharf

Sponsorship extends Events DC’s long-established partnership with the premier music festival

WASHINGTON, DC (May 4, 2021) – Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, and the DC Jazz Festival® (DCJF) announced today that Events DC is returning as a major sponsor of the 17th Annual DC JazzFest. The sponsorship builds upon Events DC’s 12-year relationship with the dynamic jazz nonprofit, reinforces the authority’s mission of leveraging the attraction of the nation’s capital with one-of-a-kind event experiences, and raises the profile of the District as a premier destination for jazz.

“We are proud to continue our support of the DC JazzFest,” said Greg O’Dell, president and chief executive officer at Events DC. “As a city with a deep appreciation for jazz and its importance in jazz history, the return of the DC JazzFest to the Wharf is highly-anticipated across the District and beyond after such a challenging year. This event celebrates a quintessential American music genre that has the unique ability to unite people from diverse backgrounds. Together, we look forward to spotlighting Washington, DC as not only a thriving music capital but a global cultural destination as well.”

For seventeen years, the DC JazzFest® has served as a pillar to the communities of our culturally-diverse nation’s capital, attracting thousands of visitors from across the world and a key contributor to the city’s economic growth each year. Last year alone, more than 200,000 people attended DC JazzFest virtually, which included more than 40 concerts broadcast across more than 10 venues including DC JazzFest at The Wharf. The full lineup for the 17th Annual DC JazzFest will be announced on Thursday, May 7tth.

“This expansion of our partnership with Events DC provides a tremendous boost to our mission of presenting both internationally-renowned and emerging artists to diverse audiences in every quadrant of the city,” said DCJF Executive Director Sunny Sumter. “We are also able to intensify our efforts to provide performance opportunities for the incredibly talented array of DC-based jazz musicians, and to offer free performances in a multitude of DC neighborhoods, including some in which residents might not otherwise have such an opportunity.”

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About DC Jazz Festival: The DC Jazz Festival is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that celebrates America’s unique original art form by presenting year-round programs and performances featuring local, national and internationally acclaimed artists. The mission of the DC Jazz Festival is to present internationally renowned and emerging artists in celebration of jazz, unify diverse communities and enable connections between artists and audiences, advance jazz and music education, provide performance opportunities for DC-based musicians, and highlight DC as a major and vibrant center for jazz. With dozens of performances in venues across the city, the annual DC JazzFest is one of the largest music festivals in the country. This international event attracts jazz lovers from around the world to the nation’s capital. The 2021 DC JazzFest will take place September 1-5. For more information about the DCJF and its activities, visit

About Events DC:  Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, delivers premier event services and flexible venues across the nation's capital. Leveraging the power of a world-class destination and creating amazing attendee experiences, Events DC generates economic and community benefits through the attraction and promotion of business, athletic, entertainment and cultural activities. Events DC oversees the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, an anchor of the District's hospitality and tourism economy that hosts more than 1.7 million visitors and generates more than $400 million annually in total economic impact, and the historic Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. Events DC manages the RFK Stadium-Armory Campus (RFK Campus), including Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, Festival Grounds at RFK Campus, The Fields at RFK Campus, the non-military functions of the DC Armory and the Skate Park at RFK Stadium. Stay current on the 190-acre RFK Campus Redevelopment Project at Events DC also built and serves as landlord for Nationals Park, the first LEED-certified major professional sports stadium in the United States. Events DC manages Gateway DC, R.I.S.E. Demonstration Center and Entertainment & Sports Arena, all conveniently located in the Congress Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC.

DCJF Media Contact:
Lydia Liebman, DCJF Publicist, 570.730.5279

DCJF Contacts:
Sunny Sumter, Executive Director, 202.800.8230

Matt Singer, Associate Director of Marketing & Communications, 202.800.8230

Events DC Contact:
Craig Chester, EventsDC; 202.359.2806

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The DC Jazz Festival®, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit service organization, and its 2021 programs are made possible, in part, with major grants from the Government of the District of Columbia, Muriel Bowser, Mayor; National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs program and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts; and with awards from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Galena-Yorktown Foundation, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Wells Fargo Foundation, Gillon Family Charitable Fund, Venable Foundation, The Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts, Compass of Greater Washington, The Max and, Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Kaiser Family Foundation, John Edward Fowler Memorial Foundation, and The Leonard and Elaine Silverstein Family Foundation. ©2021 DC Jazz Festival. All rights reserved.