BC Arts Council approves grants for Prince George

PRINCE GEORGE – Two music organizations and one theatre organization serving Prince George have been awarded $103,400 in BC Arts Council grants.

BC Arts Council grants approved for Prince George recipients between April 1 and June 30, 2015 are:

  • Prince George Symphony Orchestra – $23,400
  • Prince George Conservatory of Music – $10,000
  • Theatre NorthWest Society – $70,000

Funding will be used for operating costs for the 2015-2016 year.

The Prince George Symphony Orchestra provides symphonic music for the community of Prince George and the northern interior.

The Prince George Conservatory of Music offers music education from a beginner to professional level through private instruction and group settings.

Theatre NorthWest provides high-calibre theatre for north central B.C.

The funding comes from a record-high $24 million BC Arts Council received from the Government of British Columbia to support artists, arts activities and culture in 2015-16.

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

“Music and theatre not only enrich our communities but also our day to day lives,” Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond said. “The Prince George Symphony Orchestra, the Prince George Conservatory of Music and the Theatre NorthWest Society all provide first-rate entertainment for audiences and education for musicians and performers. This funding will help staff and volunteers at each of these organizations continue their fantastic work.”

“We’re lucky to have a wide range of artistic amenities here in Prince George for residents to enjoy,” Prince George-Mackenzie MLA Mike Morris said. “Funding from the BC Arts Council will ensure that our arts community continues to prosper.”

Again this year, the Government of British Columbia is providing $24 million for the BC Arts Council –  the highest level of funding in the council’s history. Overall, the Government of British Columbia invested $60 million in BC’s artists, arts organizations and cultural institutions in 2015-2016.

Last year, council approved in excess of 1,000 grants in more than 200 communities in every region of the province.

Since 2001, the Government of British Columbia has provided more than half a billion dollars for arts and culture in B.C.

For more information, visit bcartscouncil.ca.