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The official blog of the British Columbia Association of Community Music Schools

Monday, December 20, 2010

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Here is a beautiful rendition of Lauridsen's "O Magnum Mysterium" with Polyphony Chamber Choir.
Have a safe and wonderful holiday season!

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Vancouver Kiwanis Music Festival 2011

The Vancouver Kiwanis Music Festival website is now open for registrations for the 2011 Festival.
Entry deadline is January 15, 2011

  • Main Festival - April 1 - 21, 2011
  • Concert Band - Feb. 28 - March 4, 201
  • Jazz Band - Feb. 24,25, 2011
  • Choral Festival - April 7 - 9, 2011
  • Vocal Jazz - April 20, 2011

Simply go to http://www.vkmfestivals.org/ and click on the orange button at the top of the page. Choose the Category buttons at the top to begin the four step process. One on the site, you can enter up to four groups for all our group festivals, simplifying the process. YOU MAY ALSO PAY BY CHEQUE OR CREDIT CARD at the final step.


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

VWMS 2011 Scholarship and Bursary Competitions

Please announce to your students and encourage them to apply -
The Vancouver Women's Musical Society [VWMS] is accepting applications for its 2011 Scholarship and Bursary Competitions

2011 Scholarship Competition is in PIANO [to be held on March 5, 2011]
Jr. Division - ages 14 to 17
Sr. Division - agest 18 to 30
ONLY the first 10 applications will be accepted in each category

2011 Bursary Competition is for students who perform in ANY classical music discipline
Students need to be registered in 3rd year or higher of a Bachelor Music program - or registered in a graduate music program
ONLY the first 20 applications will be accepted in each category

Complete rules and application forms available through www.vwms.ca

POSTER attached -


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Explaining an Arts NonProfit

Here is a short but funny little video that unfortunately rings true to those of us that work in the non-profit arts sector.

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Charities and non-profits still feel the pinch

Two years ago, an economic tsunami hit the world's financial markets, sending everything -- including B.C.'s non-profit sector -- into a tailspin.The stock market crash of 2008 and the bailout of banks and multinational corporations shook the economic foundations of governments, and with so much money evaporating overnight, it was no surprise that charities and non-profits were among the first to feel the pinch.

The repercussions that followed were felt by the large and small alike, from the VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation to the Sidney-based Raincoast Conservation Foundation, whose mandate is to protect the land, water and wildlife of coastal B.C."We had been getting along on a budget of about $1.1 to $1.3 million but with the crash we went down to $700,000," said executive director Chris Genovali.
"It's been a real challenge for everyone but it is slowing coming back and we expect our budget next year to be north of $700,000," he said.Ron Dumouchelle, president and CEO of VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation, said revenues from investments and donor contributions fell by 10 per cent in 2009, the first major decline in seven or eight years."We found donors were deferring their donations or making donations of lesser amounts. We had to be patient because the donors had to recover from the downturn, as did we," said Dumouchelle."The good news is this year we'll be up by 15 per cent and will raise about $36 million as both the smaller and major donors are coming back, which is fortunate because we have many important things that need to be funded in health care."

A new study of the non-profit sector by the Vancouver Foundation, Canada's largest community foundation, shows that while the storm is over, hundreds of charities are still struggling -- especially those serving the arts and culture, environmental groups or small charities with budgets under $250,000.

A survey of non-profits and charities in B.C. taken this fall "painted a picture of a sector that is facing a high level of uncertainty and financial stress," said the report.Vancouver Foundation communications vice-president Catherine Clement said the survey was a companion to one taken last year when the effects of the economic crisis were first felt."We fund non-profits and last year we'd heard many of them saying they were not prepared for 2010 because of what had happened. We wanted to go back this year and see what had transpired and if they were in any better condition to meet their mandate [in 2011]," said Clement.

The survey found half of the respondents reported their revenues decreased this year -- a slight improvement over 2009, when 53 per cent had decreased revenues.

Sixty-three per cent of arts and culture and environmental groups reported decreased revenue.
The average decrease was 18 per cent.

Charities and non-profits still feel the pinch  Dec.10 Vancouver Sun

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Coalition for Music Education - new web site

Here in Canada, the Coalition for Music Education has a new site - branded "Music Makes Us"
Check out the site for information about music advocacy for school music programs, national events such as Canadian Music Week and Music Monday.

The site also links to research in Music Education showing the benefits of arts training, the state of the art of music education in Canadian Public schools, and more; definitely a web site to be aware of.

Music Makes us - Coalition for Music Education

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