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CIVL Radio and Common Room in Abbotsford offer $3,500 recording grant

Primary focus for prize is artists who don’t currently have label support

CIVL Radio and the Common Room Music Collective in Abbotsford are teaming up to offer a $3,500 recording grant.

Submissions are now open for the grant, for which CIVL is a major sponsor.

Eligible applicants will have a chance to receive $3,500 to put towards audio recordings for a musical project of their own work.

Full criteria can be found at the CommonRoomMusic.co/recording-grant, but Fraser Valley musical artists who do not have label support are the primary focus for the prize.

Common Room has been based in Abbotsford since 2016, beginning as a songwriter circle that has taken place in backyards and living rooms throughout the Central Valley.

In 2018, Common Room hosted its first Songwriters’ Retreat in Otter Lake near Princeton, B.C.

Last summer, the collective began fundraising in order to offer a recording grant for local independent artists, and CIVL Radio signed on to match those funds and participate as a long-term sponsor.

“We’re over the moon that CIVL has decided to partner with us,” said Casey Kowalchuk, one of the Common Room founders.

“We did this because we wanted to help the local artists who struggle financially to be able to take that next step, and it’s great that CIVL can come along and help us make that happen.”

CIVL station manager Aaron Levy said he was thrilled to find that Common Room was interested in partnering.

“We’ve been watching what they’re doing for years now from the outside, and have been so impressed and proud of what the community has come together to provide for itself in the form of the spaces and opportunities that Common Room have opened up for local artists,” he said.

Applications will be open for two months, and all submissions will be adjudicated by a committee of personnel made up of staff and volunteers from CIVL and Common Room.

The winner of this year’s Common Room Recording Grant will be announced at this year’s Jam in Jubilee webcast at the end of August.

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