SD73 and Kamloops Music Collective Announce Formal Agreement

Posted On Wednesday July 03, 2019
KMC and SD73 agreement
University students (back row, l-r) Lucas Olsen, Evan Snee, Paige Olsen, Emma Tow, Matt Fichter and Colin O’Fee with Kamloops Music Collective Executive Director Kim Mangan and Kelvin Stretch, SD73 Secretary Treasurer

School District No. 73 (SD73) and the Kamloops Music Collective (KMC) are pleased to announce they have entered into a formal agreement that will benefit Kamloops youth and SD73 students through music programs.

Under the terms of the agreement, SD73 will provide $15,000 annually in funding that will help offset the cost of facilities rental costs, which will help keep the cost of the Kamloops Interior Summer School of Music (KISSM) as low as possible for students.

“The opportunities provided by the Kamloops Music Collective is part of what makes Kamloops such a unique community for students,” said Alison Sidow, SD73 Superintendent of Schools. “We are pleased to support their efforts, and we know this agreement will help encourage more students to connect to their interests and passions.”

As part of the agreement, the Kamloops Music Collective will continue to support SD73 music programs through the Whole Note, BAND Together, and KMC Outreach.  KMC will also offer special events assistance for programs including Jazz Jam and String Wrap Up.

“Over the past several years, we have worked hard to leverage the success of the Kamloops Interior Summer School of Music (KISSM) with a goal of creating further music opportunities for youth in our city,” said Kim Mangan, KMC Executive Director. “Much of our expanded work has benefited SD73 music students and this formalized agreement means that we can continue to support youth in Kamloops who are passionate about music.”

University students Lucas Olsen, Evan Snee, Paige Olsen, Emma Tow, Matt Fichter and Colin O’Fee attended as the agreement was signed. They are all KISSM alumni and they are working with Mangan to help deliver KISSM this year.

“The District and KMC have fostered many music students over the years, and we are grateful for the opportunities,” said Fichter. He has recently completed his degree in musical education.

KMC operates numerous youth-focused music programs in Kamloops, and has collaborated with SD73 for several years to provide services including instrument sharing, grant applications, special program initiatives, funding and District facility rentals.

KISSM runs July 8 – 26 at the Kamloops School of the Arts.

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