The provincial government is giving the Langley Community Music School a $15,000 grant for its facility.
Langley MLA Mary Polak made the announcement. The funds are through the BC Creative Spaces grant program.
â€œI was lucky to have studied piano at LCMS and the lessons I learned have lasted a lifetime,â€ said Polak. â€œMusic opens up a whole new world for young people and itâ€™s possible the next Diana Krall or David Foster might come from Langley.â€
The grant will be used to acquire a multimedia projection system and improve the lighting and sound facilities in the performance hall.
â€œWe are grateful for the support of the B.C. government through the BC Creative Spaces program, and excited about what this funding will mean for the future of Rose Gellert Hall as a high quality performance and recording venue,â€ said LCMS principal Susan Magnusson.
The funds help the school provide amenities for students.
â€œSo much of the new music written today incorporates multimedia and sound mixing. In addition to attracting a broader array of professional performances and presentations, it is also important that our young composers at the school have the opportunity to expand the creative scope of their compositions through the use of multimedia. This funding helps to make this possible, and will bring new and exciting musical experiences to the Langley community,â€ Magnusson added.
BC Creative Spaces grants support the creative and innovative capacity of B.C. artists and cultural organizations, with 41 organizations sharing $804,000 in funding. These one-time only grants are available to assist non-profit community and arts organizations, First Nations councils, and friendship centres in developing new spaces, improving existing facilities, and attaining specialized equipment.