West Shore Arts Council is on a musical mission

Organizers of new program aimed at West Shore youth are looking for music lovers

A free, 24-week music program aimed at West Shore youth living in financial need, in a foster family, or experiencing difficulties is now taking applications.

West Shore Music Port will take up to 20 individuals for the program, which will include free music instruction and mentorship, culminating in a potential recital.

“In discussion with the RCMP and school district council, the more opportunities we can provide (youth) with healthy environments … the better,” said West Shore Arts Council president Laura Davis.

“We can bring music to the youth – we can offer that as an option for them to find enjoyment and immerse themselves in.”

Options are available for rock, hip hop, reggae, metal, pop and percussion bands and each group practices once a week for 90 minutes with professional instructors.

Use of all instruments, as well as professional stage equipment, is provided by the Westshore Music Academy. Space is limited to four bands of five each for a total of 20 youth.

“As an arts council across the West Shore, we’re looking to bring new initiatives for youth and adults in the arts in any fashion that we can create,” Davis said.

“It’s a really good opportunity to hang out with your friends and make music.”

The intention for the partnership between the B.C. Arts Council, Colwood, Langford and the Westshore music academy is to use it as a pilot to roll into future youth programming, she said.

For more information or to sign up, send an email to westshoremusicacademy@shaw.ca or call 250-532-0228. The registration deadline is Feb. 29.