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West Kootenay musicians, festivals among B.C. funding recipients

Jayli Wolf, Ru Rose and Ben Fox will receive grants to help their careers
Creston’s Jayli Wolf is among the recipients of provincial funding for musicians. Photo: Chris Young/The Canadian Press

Three West Kootenay artists and four festivals are receiving funding as part of $3.3 million in provincial grants for B.C.’s music industry announced Wednesday.

Creston’s Jayli Wolf has been awarded $25,000, while Slocan’s Ru Rose and Castlegar’s Ben Fox also each receive $8,000 according to a joint statement from Nelson-Creston MLA Brittny Anderson and Kootenay West MLA Katrine Conroy.

“We have some amazing home-grown talent in the Kootenays, and I love seeing our local artists share their gifts across the province and even across the world,” said Conroy. “By supporting career development for musicians, we can ensure B.C. has a music industry we can be proud of for years to come.”

Shambhala Music Festival ($32,000), Tiny Lights Festival ($18,000), Massif Music Festival Society ($13,000) and Unicorn Music Festival ($10,000) also received funds, as did BC Touring Council ($30,000).

Funding in B.C. was provided to 220 musicians and music companies by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport. The money is part of a $7.5-million provincial fund announced last year meant to build B.C.’s music talent.

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