Powell River Council accepts increase in PRISMA in-kind grant


A three-year contribution agreement with the Pacific Region International Summer Music Association (PRISMA) has been approved by the Town of Powell River City Council.

At the November 4 board meeting, the board agreed to increase its annual in-kind grant to PRISMA to reflect the fee schedule increases for the Powell River Recreation Complex.

Councilor CaroleAnn Leishman said she has been involved with PRISMA primarily since its inception. She said her mother, former advisor Myrna Leishman, was also a supporter of PRISMA.

“It was one of our annual things that we liked to go to, like concerts, together,” Leishman said. “This organization really highlights how important arts and culture can be to a community and they’ve done an amazing job putting Powell River on the map as a cultural capital, bringing together musicians and artists from around the world. whole and staging a really classy act. .

“It’s not an event, it’s a school, it’s a happening. It’s a process of several months and it’s really important. I’m grateful that we can help these types of organizations continue to do the good work that they are doing.

Leishman said PRISMA was well worth it, so she was happy to support the motion, which the board unanimously adopted.

Under the Contribution Agreement, PRISMA will receive an annual grant of $ 15,000. The in-kind grant for the use of municipal facilities and services will increase from $ 30,000 per year for the use of municipal facilities and services to $ 35,000 per year. The deal also provides up to $ 3,500 for student transit passes and up to $ 1,000 for Willingdon Beach for the annual PRISMA on the Beach concert.

The annual in-kind grant will have a maximum value of $ 39,500 for the use of city facilities and services. The new agreement will start on January 1, 2022 and end on December 31, 2024.

During the plenary committee on October 19, City Manager of Properties, Development and Communications Scott Randolph said the current agreement, which began on January 1, 2019, was due to expire at the end of this year. He said the contribution agreement with PRISMA was found to be beneficial for the cultural sector and the economy of the community.

“PRISMA is a leading cultural event and organization in this community,” said Randolph. “It plays an important role in expanding the international reputation of the city and the region as a cultural destination.

Mayor Dave Formosa said he wholeheartedly supports PRISMA.

“These cultural events aren’t really big money producers, but they are huge cultural producers,” Formosa said. “I am proud of PRISMA and I support it.

Randolph said there were a number of commitments in the deal, including PRISMA submitting an annual report to the city, outlining the results of any event, and an economic impact analysis and summaries of how whose city services were used. The association must submit annual financial statements at the end of the year for analysis.

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