Gregg Perry, president of the Cowichan Valley Performing Arts Foundation presents a cheque for a musical instrument library to Candace Spilsbury, chair of the Board of Education for the Cowichan Valley School District. (Submitted)

Gregg Perry, president of the Cowichan Valley Performing Arts Foundation presents a cheque for a musical instrument library to Candace Spilsbury, chair of the Board of Education for the Cowichan Valley School District. (Submitted)

Performing Arts Foundation gift ‘profoundly’ affects Cowichan Valley School District music programs

A musical instrument library is in the works

The music education scene within the Cowichan Valley School District will be profoundly changed thanks to a $24,400 donation from the Cowichan Valley Performing Arts Foundation.

The five-figure cheque is earmarked specifically for a musical instruments library.

Gregg Perry, chair of the Cowichan Valley Performing Arts Foundation presented the cheque to Candace Spilsbury, chair of the Board of Education for the Cowichan Valley School District.

“This incredible donation will make such a profound difference in music programs throughout the district,” Spilsbury said. “Having this initiative come from the community shows what a powerful, and tight-knit, group of supporters our district, and our performing arts in particular, have together.”

What’s more, the Foundation also donated 40 electronic tuners for use in music classes throughout the district.

It was a group effort, said Perry.

“We acknowledge the support of the B.C. Summer Games legacy and 100 Men Cowichan as well as our individual donors who made this gift possible. It is the performing arts that has entertained us through the pandemic, through music and film,” he said. “Helping every child to have some experience in the arts enriches their lives and our world.”

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