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Kamloops school district signs multi-year deal with music collective

University students (back row, left to right) Lucas Olsen, Evan Snee, Paige Olsen, Emma Tow, Matt Fichter, and Colin O’Fee look on as Kamloops Music Collective executive director Kim Mangan and Kelvin Stretch, school district secretary-treasurer formalize a three-year agreement between the collective and the school district.
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July 04, 2019 - 1:00 PM

KAMLOOPS - The Kamloops-Thompson school district and the Kamloops Music Collective have entered an agreement that will benefit students and Kamloops youth.

The school board will allot $15,000 annually to the Kamloops Music Collective to help offset the cost of rental for the space, which in turn will keep admission costs low for students entering the Kamloops Interior Summer School of Music, according to a school district media release.

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

Kamloops Music Collective and Kamloops-Thompson school district have collaborated for several years through instrument sharing, grant applications, funding, and school district facility rentals.

Alumni of the Kamloops Interior Summer School of Music program are helping to put it on this year and were in attendance for the agreement signing.

Matt Fichter, an alumnus of the program, has recently completed his degree in musical education.

“The District and Kamloops Music Collective have fostered many music students over the years, and we are grateful for the opportunities,” Fichter said in the release.

Kamloops Music Collective will continue to support the school district music programs through programs like Whole Note, BAND Together, and Kamloops Music Collective Outreach. Kamloops Music Collective will also offer assistance for the Jazz Jam and String Wrap Up programs.

“Over the past several years, we have worked hard to leverage the success of the Kamloops Interior Summer School of Music with a goal of creating further music opportunities for youth in our city,” Kamloops Music Collective executive director Kim Mangan said in the release. “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.”

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