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VCM’s 50th Anniversary $2 Million Campaign

 

$2 million Goal Reached

We are delighted to share with you that we have reached our goal of $2 million for the 50th Anniversary Donate ButtonCampaign.  Thank you to everyone who helped us complete this very important campaign to support some key initiatives that we determined were crucial to our future sustainability.

One of our generous donors came forward with a donation of $100,000 if we were able to match their gift and finish the campaign by May 31, 2016.  And with the help of our friends and individuals such as you, we did it!!!! 

Our most sincere heartfelt thanks to you all.

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The Victoria Conservatory of Music’s mission is to enrich lives through music in a thriving community accessible to all.  Now the campaign is complete, we will be able to bring to fruition those key initiatives that are so important to the VCM.

Read or download our Times Colonist Article in PDF format

The following five initiatives are the focal points for the campaign:

THE CHWYL FAMILY
School of Contemporary Music

Adding contemporary and modern musicContemporary_Music
Rock, pop, folk, jazz, bluegrass, Celtic and more meets classical music under one roof establishing VCM as the hub for excellence in music education.
The new Chwyl Family School of Contemporary Music will welcome typically self-taught performers of pop music who will learn not just music and composition but the skills to navigate the music industry to fulfill their goals as artists.

School of Music Technology and Creativity

Giving musicians new career options
To prepare students for careers in the burgeoning industries of gaming, TV and film
we must move our traditional department of theory Music_Technologyand composition into the 21st century
by incorporating leading-edge advances in technology. This new school will focus on a Music Technology Certificate program, offered in partnership with Camosun College which provides accomplished students with fluency in digital notation, scoring and sequencing as well as software instruments, recording, mixing and sound editing.

Satellite Location

Making the VCM Accessible
Families on the West Shore won’t have to sacrifice excellence in music education because of access – VCM will come to them. The exploding population of young families on the West Shore has created a smart growth opportunity for VCM. Our first satellite Westshorelocation will be in the new YM/YWCA complex in Langford, making a visit to the “Y” an experience for the whole family!

Expansion of Children’s Music Education Outreach

Bringing music to preschoolers and elementary schools
Many of our early childhood programs in daycares, preschools, and First Nations friendship centres serve marginalized populations. Our delivery to these Childrens_Musicchildren who stand to gain so much from the benefits of music education is entirely dependent on grants, therefore funding is unstable. We also focus on bringing music to underserved
schools to bring the benefits of music education to the most vulnerable children
in the CRD. Expansion to this program will help us reach an additional 1,000 pre-school children, and extend our very successful pilot program at George Jay to include more schools throughout the Capital Region.

Upgrades to our heritage building

Readying our building for growthHeritage_Building
Sound, lighting, and repairs to the roof, ventilation, windows and floors are all improvements critical to delivering excellent music education in a comfortable learning environment and to attracting external rentals for our three performance halls. In 2013 almost 50,000 people – 4,500 students, 140 faculty, and 42,000 audience members – came through the doors of our 122 year old building to experience music!

 

Please have a look at our Case for Support by viewing it online below or downloading the PDF here VCM Case for Support

More Information
Please contact the VCM Development Office
Camille Cuthill
Director of Development
250 386-5311
cuthill@vcm.bc.ca