By raising money from ticket sales from British Columbia’s Pemberton Music Festival, more than $70,000 (CAD $100,000) will be granted to 17 community arts organizations, ranging from a nutritional coupon program to gymnastics equipment voucher program.
The awards -- through Pemberton Music Festival Community Fund Committee and festival founders/producers New Orleans-based Huka Entertainment -- are intended to develop important programs and projects within Pemberton Valley, which includes the small communities of Mount Currie, mostly First Nations, and Pemberton proper.
“Over the past few years, the Village of Pemberton has been very supportive and welcoming of the Pemberton Music Festival,” said A.J. Niland, founder and chairman of festival founders and producers Huka Entertainment, in a statement. “We are excited to be able to reciprocate that support and show our appreciation to this great community.”
The four-day camping, music and comedy festival, situated on 300 acres at the base of Mt. Currie, draws 115,000 people to the grounds. A portion of the proceeds from each ticket sold from the first two Pemberton Music Festivals (2014, 2015) was put into the grant fund.
The application and review process for the grants is called “competitive,” in the press release, and the PMFCF Committee is aided by the Village of Pemberton in selecting the recipients. Next year’s application deadline is Sept. 30.
The recipients of the 2015 Pemberton Music Festival Community Fund (PMFCF) awards are: Growing Great Children (“Music Together”); Interact Club (“Model UN Conference”); Lower Stl’atl’imx Tribal Council (“Transportation Support”); Pemberton Arts & Culture Council (“Public Awareness Campaign”); Pemberton BMX Society (“Lock-up and Safety Fencing”); Pemberton Childcare Society (“Playground Resurfacing”); Pemberton Farmers’ Market Association (“Nutritional Coupon Program”); Pemberton Gymnastics (“Gymnastics Equipment”); Pemberton Secondary School (“Garden Program”); Pemberton Valley Seniors Society (“Bowling for Life and Art”); Royal Canadian Legion Branch #201 (“Building Renovations”); Sea to Sky Clean Air Society (“Burn Smart Workshops”); Signal Hill Elementary School (“Kitchen Connections” and “Breakfast and Lunch Program”); Signal Hill Elementary Parent Advisory Committee (“iGirl and iGuy Workshops”); Spirit of BC Community Committee (“Winterfest Kid Zone”); Stewardship Pemberton (“Watershed Model”); and Village of Pemberton (“One Mile Lake Park Improvements”).