Economy puts South Jersey music festival on hold

Inquirer Staff Report

South Jersey’s Appel Farm Arts and Music is taking a break this year, a victim of the economy and low turnout last year.

The Salem County festival, started in 1989, has featured artists such as Emmylou Harris, Aimee Mann, Joan Armatrading, Jackson Browne and Rufus Wainwright.

Instead of the full festival, the arts center will host a benefit concert in June during which artists will donate their time to support the Rising Young Artist Scholarship Fund.

Organizers hope to resume the festival next year.

Like other arts organizations, Appel Farm is facing steep cuts in state arts funding. Also, last year's concert drew about 3,000 people, less than the typical 8,000.

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