PRINCE GEORGE – Two music organizations and one theatre organization serving Prince George have been awarded $103,400 in B.C. Arts Council grants, Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond and Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris announced today.

The B.C. Arts Council has granted Theatre North West Society received $70,000 for operating costs. Prince George Symphony Orchestra received $23,400, while the Prince George Conservatory of Music received $10,000 for operating costs.

“Thank you to all of the staff and volunteers at the Prince George Symphony Orchestra, Prince George Conservatory of Music, and Theatre North West Society for all of your hard work,” Bond said. “Your dedication helps our music and theatre scene thrive here in Prince George. We know that music and theatre are important to the culture of our community.”

“The arts have an economic impact on our community,” Morris said. “From music students to musicians, to performers, directors, concert-goers and theatre-goers, there are many people in our community who support and appreciate music and theatre. It’s great to see this funding further develop our community’s creative talent.”

As B.C.’s lead agency for arts funding and development, the B.C. Arts Council enlists the expertise of British Columbia’s artists to evaluate grant applications through a peer review process independent of government.

Established in 1995, the B.C. Arts Council consults with the arts and culture community to develop policies, programs and strategic priorities for the sector. Last year, the council approved more than 1,000 grants in over 200 communities in every region of the province.

The provincial government is providing $24 million to the B.C. Arts Council this year, the highest funding level in the council’s history. Overall, it is investing $60 million towards B.C.’s artists, arts organizations and cultural institutions during the 2014-15 fiscal year.

For more information about the B.C. Arts Council, including information on how to apply for grants, visit BCArtsCouncil.ca.