MP Neil Ellis Announces Investments in Arts and Culture in Prince Edward County
WELLINGTON, Ontario – April 15, 2019
Our government is committed to providing Canadians with diverse professional artistic experiences in their communities and to bringing artists and community members together.
Neil Ellis, Member of Parliament (Bay of Quinte) was in Wellington today to announce that the Government of Canada is investing $10,000 to The Festival Players of Prince Edward County and $10,000 in The Prince Edward County Chamber Music Festival.
MP Ellis made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism.
This investment, made through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund, will support these two organisations’ artistic seasons, allowing locals and visitors to experience exceptional theatre and music in Prince Edward County.
“Arts festivals contribute to the cultural and economic development of local communities. Our government is proud to contribute to the success of these organizations, which showcase the rich culture in this region and help drive growth in the strong local tourism economy.”
— The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism
“I am proud of our government’s continued support of these two premier arts and culture organizations in our region. Prince Edward County’s strong arts and culture sector continues to grow year after year and these two groups are key players in that exciting development.”
— Neil Ellis, Member of Parliament (Bay of Quinte)
“Festival Players is very grateful for the continued investment from the Government of Canada through the Canada Arts Presentation Fund. This crucial funding enables us to bring nationally acclaimed talent to Prince Edward County. With the support of Canadian Heritage, Festival Players will present an exciting season of professional arts and cultural programming.”
— Graham Abbey, Artistic Director, Festival Players of Prince Edward County
“The Prince Edward County Chamber Music Festival thanks Canadian Heritage for its generous support again this year. It will permit us to continue to provide wonderful concerts, including two free concerts for students, a free outdoor concert at Macaulay Park and six fantastic chamber music concerts over two weekends in September. The Canadian Heritage grant supports our vision of growing into one of Canada’s top destinations for excellence in chamber music.”
— Maureen Dunn, Chair, the Prince Edward County Chamber Music Festival
The Canada Arts Presentation Fund (CAPF) provides financial assistance to organizations that professionally present arts festivals or performing arts series (arts presenters) and organizations that offer support to arts presenters.
Each year, the CAPF supports 650 professional arts festivals and performing arts series, as well as other activities related to arts presentation, in more than 250 communities across Canada.
The Festival Players of Prince Edward County is a professional theatre company founded in 2006 and features engaging Canadian-produced theatre performances.
The Prince Edward County Chamber Music Festival was founded in 2004 and features performances by classical and contemporary classical musicians, with a primary focus on chamber music by Canadian performers and composers.
Canada Arts Presentation Fund: https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/services/funding/arts-presentation-fund.html
The Festival Players of Prince Edward County: https://festivalplayers.ca/
The Prince Edward County Chamber Music Festival: http://www.pecmusicfestival.com/
For more information, (media only) contact:
Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage