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Press Release: Saratoga Performing Arts Center Announces GE Vernova as the New Lead Sponsor of Saratoga Jazz Festival

June 30, 2024

Saratoga Performing Arts Center Announces

GE Vernova as the New Lead Sponsor of Saratoga Jazz Festival


Five year partnership starts in 2025


“Saratoga Jazz Festival, presented by GE Vernova”

scheduled for June 28-29, 2025


Saratoga Springs, NY (June 30, 2024) – Saratoga Performing Arts Center announces that GE Vernova will serve as the new lead sponsor of Saratoga Jazz Festival, beginning in 2025. The two organizations will embark on a five-year partnership, with $200,000 committed from GE Vernova for each year, ensuring the vibrancy and longevity of Saratoga Jazz Festival, one of the largest jazz events in North America. The sponsorship also signals the alignment of SPAC’s and GE Vernova’s shared values of tradition, innovation, community and sustainability.

“We are elated to welcome GE Vernova as the new sponsor of the Saratoga Jazz Festival. Our two organizations share deep roots in the Capital Region, and we are uniquely aligned in our commitment to tradition and innovation – much like Jazz itself – steeped in rich history, yet ever-vibrant and evolving,” says Elizabeth Sobol, President & CEO of Saratoga Performing Arts Center.  “Here at SPAC, we cherish our home in the Park and consider ourselves stewards of this exquisite place in nature. In our mission to connect people to people and people to our planet, we could not have a better partner than GE Vernova.”

“The Capital District of New York has long been our home and will continue to play a vital role for the GE Vernova family,” said GE Vernova CEO Scott Strazik. “This new partnership reinforces that, as we are committed to investing in the communities in which we work, live, and lead. We are truly honored and excited to support this important cultural institution.”

“The festival is one of the longest-running jazz festivals in the world, but we are always looking ahead. This new relationship will be the bedrock for us to move through these next few years into the 50th festival, in 2027, and beyond. It is a gift for us, the artists, the Saratoga Springs business community, and for our audience,” says longtime festival producer Danny Melnick, President of Absolutely Live Entertainment.

Initially founded as “the Newport Jazz Festival at Saratoga” the weekend event was renamed Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival from 1998 to 2024. In 2025, the festival will be titled Saratoga Jazz Festival, presented by GE Vernova and is slated for June 28-29.

With an inside seating capacity of 5,200, and lawn seating of 20,000, the two-day, two-stage festival continues to be one of the largest jazz music events in North America, beloved by audiences for both the remarkable annual line-up of international jazz talent and the spectacular setting at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in the idyllic Saratoga Spa State Park. Visit for more details.




About Saratoga Performing Arts Center

The Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC), located in the historic resort town of Saratoga Springs in upstate New York, is one of America’s most prestigious summer festivals. Its tranquil setting in a 2,400-acre park preserve surrounded by hiking trails, geysers, and natural mineral springs draws vacation crowds and arts connoisseurs each year for immersive experiences of performances by resident companies New York City Ballet, The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Saratoga Jazz Festival, and concerts by Live Nation. SPAC also hosts imaginative programming such as CulinaryArts@SPAC, Literary Arts including WAMC@SPAC events, and Caffè Lena @ SPAC. SPAC is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Donations and proceeds from fundraising events benefit the Center’s children’s education programs and support the vibrancy of its classical season. For more information visit

About GE Vernova

GE Vernova Inc. (NYSE: GEV) is a purpose-built global energy company that includes Power, Wind, and Electrification segments and is supported by its accelerator businesses. Building on over 130 years of experience tackling the world’s challenges, GE Vernova is uniquely positioned to help lead the energy transition by continuing to electrify the world while simultaneously working to decarbonize it. GE Vernova helps customers power economies and deliver electricity that is vital to health, safety, security, and improved quality of life. GE Vernova is headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S., with approximately 75,000 employees across 100+ countries around the world. Supported by the Company’s purpose, The Energy to Change the World, GE Vernova technology helps deliver a more affordable, reliable, sustainable, and secure energy future. Learn more: GE Vernova and LinkedIn.

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