SweetWater Receives Funding for Access Music 3
November 28, 2019
The SweetWater Music Festival recently received $2,000 from the Community Foundation Grey Bruce to support the final phase of an ongoing outreach initiative, Access Music 3.
Access Music is all about collaborating with other music groups and organizations to develop musicians and audiences in our community, and make music and SweetWater more accessible.
SweetWater launched it in 2016 and hosted several workshops to identify barriers for the development of musicians in our region and ways we can work collaboratively to support audience development and opportunities for musicians.
The second phase over the past year included first-ever Access Music Fair at the Harmony Centre showcasing 35 organizations and opportunities for the public to access festivals, music groups, and teachers across Grey and Bruce. Last June, the Next Wave Showcase featured nine emerging musicians performing for an enthusiastic audience at the Historic Leith Church.
Access Music 3 will build new opportunities for young, emerging musicians to be mentored and perform at the second Next Wave Showcase on May 31, 2020.
“SweetWater also plans to bring top musicians to local schools to provide expertise, inspiration and new music learning opportunities,” explains SweetWater Board Chair Colleen Purdon. “We will also be launching a consultation with Indigenous people in our area to learn about ways to connect and share music and stories as part of truth and reconciliation.”
Along with the support of the Community Foundation Grey Bruce, Access Music has also received funding from the Eva Leflar Foundation.
Please contact SweetWater (firstname.lastname@example.org / 519 477 1403) if you’re interested in being part of this exciting project over the coming year.