KELOWNA– The Okanagan Symphony Society has been awarded a $30,000 grant from the BC Arts Council. It will use the funding to establish the position of Youth & Community Outreach Administrator, to administer the youth orchestra.

“The Okanagan Symphony Youth Orchestra is comprised of 80 youth from all parts of the Okanagan Valley,” says Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick. “Congratulations to the Arts Council on this grant, and thank you for the work you do to develop young talent in our community.”

“For a lot of young musicians, their first opportunity to perform will come in the youth orchestra,” says Premier Christy Clark, MLA for Westside-Kelowna. “It’s a chance to gain some experience, develop their skills and passion, have fun – and delight audiences along the way.”

“The Okanagan Symphony Society prides itself on reaching out to all generations,” says Kelowna-Mission MLA Steve Thomson. “I encourage Kelowna residents and visitors to take in an upcoming performance, especially by the Youth Orchestra being supported by this grant.”

The funding comes from a record-high $24 million that the BC Arts Council has received from the Government of British Columbia to support artists, arts activities and culture in 2014-15.

As B.C.’s lead agency for arts funding and development, council enlists the expertise of British Columbia’s artists to evaluate grant applications through a peer review process independent of government.

For a list of recipients or for more information on BC Arts Council grants, visit the BC Arts Council’s website at: http://www.bcartscouncil.ca.