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Mission Folk Festival, three local artists receive provincial funding

Kristin Witko, Katie Sly and Becca Hess provided $8,000 each for career development
The province announced on Wednesday (Feb. 7) that the Mission Folk Music Festival will receive $20,000 in funding. / Bob Friesen File Photo

The Mission Folk Music Festival and three local artists are receiving provincial funding to grow the local music industry.

The trio of Mission and Abbotsford artists will receive $8,000 each in a career development stream. The musicians include Kristin Witko, Katie Sly and Becca Hess.

Meanwhile, the Mission Folk Music Festival Society receives $20,000 in a music industry initiatives stream.

MLAs Pam Alexis and Bob D’Eith say that funding announced on Wednesday (Feb. 7) will also help B.C.-based musicians develop their careers.

“We use art to make sense of the world, to connect with each other and to brighten our days,” Abbotsford Mission MLA Pam Alexis said in a news release. “I am always amazed by the talent here in the Fraser Valley and across the province and I’m glad these dedicated artists are being recognized.”

The province is distributing over $3.3 million to artists and companies for career development, live music events, business development, industry initiatives, and attracting out-of-province talent to record in B.C.

“Music is a powerful form of creative and cultural expression,” D’Eith said in the news release. “I am excited to see the amazing things that recipients of the Amplify BC grants will achieve and create with this support. We look forward to showcasing our talent at marquee events such as the 2025 Juno Awards in Vancouver.”

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Dillon White

About the Author: Dillon White

I joined the Mission Record in November of 2022 after moving to B.C. from Nova Scotia earlier in the year.
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