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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
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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.