Blue Skies in the Community spreads the spirit of the Blue Skies Music Festival into the community throughout the year by fostering and supporting music, musicians and the arts in the area surrounding the festival site between Cloyne, Perth, Ompah and Kingston.

In 1988 The Blue Skies Festival Organizers committed funds to start an outreach program.  For 30 years, Blue Skies in the Community has been that program.  Our mandate is to support music all year long in the community surrounding the festival site and an arts camp for children, during the summertime, on the festival site. Throughout the year the Blue Skies in the Community Committee facilitates an exciting range of music related activities.  Programs include: The Blue Skies Community Fiddle Orchestra, The Blue Skies Children’s Summer Arts Day Camp, The Blue Skies Adult Music Camp, Funding Support for Concerts and Workshops, the Blue Skies Instrument Bank, The Blue Skies Choir Music Lending library and Music Lesson Bursaries.  For information about Blue Skies in the Community or any of its activities, contact Linda Rush at lindarush@yahoo.com

Blue Skies in the Community Awards Covid Grants to Ten Eastern Ontario Musicians

Blue Skies in the Community is excited to announce the names of the ten recipients of a $1000.00 Covid Grant, which was made possible through a generous, anonymous, $10,000.00 donation.

The selection process proved to be very difficult as many excellent applications were received, a significant indicator of the severe financial impact musicians are experiencing during this time. Our choice to award $1000.00 per musician was based on our desire to provide some support for each musician’s time to create without their worrying about putting food on the table, and to assist the maximum number of musicians we thought possible.

Blue Skies in the Community committee members and the donors recognize that this funding will not address all the musicians’ financial needs. We believe it will support the recipients by acknowledging their value to society, by providing an opportunity to create, and by supporting them in working towards a future when they will be able to perform to live audiences once again. What a wonderful day that will be for everyone.   

We were very impressed with the creativity and impressive range of the musicians’ projects and wished each of the fine applicants could have been supported. Many projects included education, writing, composing, recording, and/or marketing their music. We will be announcing our showcase at a later date, when live concerts will once again be possible. The musicians who are available at that time will be invited to perform for us at a location to be decided.

Congratulations to the following recipients:

Arlene Quinn: www.arlenequinnmusic.com

Gary Rasberry: www.garyrasberry.com

Jenny Whiteley: www.jennywhiteley.com

Joey Wright: www.blackhenmusic.com/joeywright 

John Carroll: www.johncarrollmusic.com 

Kate Weekes: www.kateweekes.com 

Lynne Hanson: www.lynnehanson.com 

Michael C. Duguay: www.michaelduguay 

Spencer Evans: www.spencerevans.ca 

Terry Tufts: www.thealgonquinensemble.com

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