The festival had only just completed its second edition when Sandler — who had been doing public-relations work for the event from Belgium since its launch — moved to the festival’s home base and got even more involved.
“I always knew that I had things to do in this country,” Sandler said during a recent telephone interview from Haiti. “I always wanted to make a difference in the area of music.”
Sandler and Widmaier — general director and president of the festival, respectively — are also on the executive committee of the Haiti Jazz Foundation, which produces the yearly event in partnership with the ministries of culture and tourism, as well as various programs, embassies and sponsors.
The total festival budget managed by all parties involved is roughly $350,000, Sandler said. The jazz foundation also promotes the genre throughout the country all year. via Haiti Jazz Festival