GATHERING MOMENTUM: Gavin ’Butto’ Butlin (centre left), pictured with 2014 Airlie Beach Festival of Music committee members Kieran Mcarthy, Annie Freeman and Samantha Hayward, in front of the Whitsunday Sailing Club’s main marquee.
GATHERING MOMENTUM: Gavin ’Butto’ Butlin (centre left), pictured with 2014 Airlie Beach Festival of Music committee members Kieran Mcarthy, Annie Freeman and Samantha Hayward, in front of the Whitsunday Sailing Club’s main marquee.

Grant to promote our festival nationwide

GAVIN "Butto" Butlin intends to make this year's Airlie Beach Festival of Music the best yet - and he's finally found some financial support.

Mr Butlin has just received confirmation of $25,000 in grant funding from round 28 of the Tourism and Events Queensland (TEQ) Regional Development Program.

The festival promoter said 90 per cent of the funding was allocated to marketing the festival and the Whitsunday region to an interstate audience.

"This grant is recognition of the significant impact the Airlie Beach Festival of Music has on the local economy and is an additional boost to our marketing budget," he explained.

The Airlie Beach Festival of Music is now in its third year and will run from Thursday, November 5, to Sunday, November 8. It will include three concerts in the main marquee at the Whitsunday Sailing Club and over 200 musicians performing at a range of venues throughout Airlie Beach, Cannonvale and the Abell Point Marina. Headline acts this year include 10cc, Toni Childs, Sandi Thom, The Black Sorrows, Wendy Matthews, Richard Clapton and Angry Anderson with the James Southwell Band.

Mr Butlin said he now needed as many tour operators, accommodation providers and local business people as possible to contact him "so we can put the best offers together and really make this year a huge success".

"Everyone benefits from us working together and visitors get to enjoy the best of the Whitsundays," he said. For more details call 0411 477 908.


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