Community Grants


Blue Skies in the Community still welcomes applications for help in funding projects that bring music to the communities surrounding the Blue Skies site.

During these difficult times we are very flexible about what these projects might be, or might need in the way of support. Since the projects that we usually sponsor (in person concerts, workshops, events) are not possible at this time, we welcome any innovative thinking about how we can support artists to bring musical experiences to our communities.

If you have an idea, contact Linda Rush, at  You may link to the Community Granting application on this website.

Donations to Blue Skies in the Community

These are tough times for our programs, all of which are cancelled or suspended. We look forward to better days when we can re-engage with our community. If you would like to support our work please consider a donation to Blue Skies in the Community. Cheques can be made payable to Blue Skies in the Community and mailed to

Elinor Rush
4515 Wildlife Lane
R.R.#1 Battersea On  K0H 1H0

You may specify a particular program or support the whole package. A charitable receipt is available for all donations over $10.00. Thanks for supporting our community, live music and our musicians during these difficult times.

A Letter from Jessica Wedden

Jessica Wedden

Attending David Francey’s songwriting workshops at Granite Ridge Education Centre, sponsored by Blue Skies in the Community and Live Wire Music Series, was an immense privilege for me and many other students at my school. His techniques, stories, and humour around his songwriting experience was inspiring, educational, and allowed our inner songwriters to come to light without hesitation. When he worked with students one-on-one, I had the opportunity to share my songwriting ideas with him, and after he helped me, he asked about my involvement with music. David was so kind to ask for my contact information, and as a result, came to one of my performances with Jon McLurg in Perth. It was a pure joy to talk to him and see him again, and I couldn’t have been happier when he said he hoped to share the stage down the road.

A few months later, Kathryn Briggs, Terry Tufts, and Beth Tufts, who are mutual friends of David and I, were scheduled to back David at his Christmas Show in Almonte. They were all so thoughtful to ask me if I could be a special guest and join them in backing David on some of his songs. I loved rehearsing with them, and the show was beyond thrilling. I am so fortunate to have met David at his songwriting workshops which led to performing in his Christmas show, and now to Jon and I rehearsing with him for future shows, including his upcoming show in Kingston in the Live Wire Music Series!  He is a musical hero to me and I couldn’t be more grateful to back someone as kind, humble, and accomplished as David.

Thank you very much to Al Rankin, Live Wire, Blue Skies in the Community and everyone else involved in giving students the privilege to meet and learn from incredible artists such as David Francey. My gratitude is immeasurable.


Jessica Wedden

Granite Ridge Education Centre

Supporting Community Music Projects


Music in the schools

Do you have a project that will bring music to the area? We may be able to help with funding. ‘Blue Skies in the Community’ (BSIC) is an outreach program of the Blue Skies Music Festival.

We have a small budget which we disperse throughout the year to community organizations and musicians in the broad catchment area surrounding the Festival site. The budget for BSIC is drawn from participant fees, donations, fund-raising and a grant from the Festival.


Hands on!

BSIC will support up to 50% of the costs of a project. Priority is given to proposals which:

• Are from the areas surrounding Clarendon/Sharbot Lake

• Bring music and musicians to community events and local schools.

• Support local musicians

• Are moving towards self sufficiency and need some temporary support

• Are not fund-raisers for other purposes

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