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Grant money for artists

With the Breakout West music festival entering its final evening in Kelowna Saturday night, grant award recipients were announced for artists, many of who are performing around town.

This is the first year the province is offering the AMPLIFY BC Career Development Grants, which totalled more than $880,000 for 75 artists in 2018.

“I look forward to seeing what our artists achieve with the career development support provided through this program,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

The funding can go towards recording, music videos and marketing initiatives.

Vernon-based daysormay, who played Friday night at Doc Willoughby's, received $10,000 in grant funding. Sixty-six of the 75 grant recipients are from B.C., and Vancouver's Krystle Dos Santos received the largest grant of $35,000.

The $7.5 million AMPLIFY BC music fund was established by the provincial government earlier this year to support those working in B.C.'s music industry.

"It is projects like this that enable B.C. artists to be highly competitive on the world stage,” said Robyn Stewart, executive director of Breakout West.

More than 60 bands from across Western Canada and beyond are performing at ten venues around downtown Kelowna this weekend for Breakout West.

The festival officially sold out of tickets Saturday.



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