New Democrat MLA Brittny Anderson says that people will be able to enjoy more live music events and performances this year thanks to the BC New Democrat government’s continued support of artists and the live music sector throughout BC.

“Most of us feel so fortunate to have such a vibrant music and arts scene here in the Kootenays, and so many of us craved live music during the pandemic. I know folks are looking forward to getting back to our favourite music venues and festivals!” said Brittny Anderson, MLA for Nelson-Creston. “Our government knows how much these events mean to people, and how much we’ve been missing them, and this funding will help make sure that we can all get back to enjoying amazing times together.”

Music and live production companies in the Kootenay Region receiving funding include the Kaslo Jazz Etc. Society, Shambhala Music Festival Ltd., Bloom Nightclub Inc., and the Langham Cultural Society. 

The funding comes from an additional $2.5 million investment from the BC New Democrat government to Amplify BC to support music companies and live operations. Amplify BC is British Columbia’s music fund delivered through Creative BC, the Province’s lead agency for creative  sector funding and development.

This $2.5  million supplement to the $22.5 million already being delivered over three years demonstrates our government’s recognition of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on live music performances and the music industry, and the sacrifices that were made to keep us safe.

New Democrat BC Government Caucus