About Penmar Community Arts Society
We're all about the music, and the people who make it happen.
Penmar Community Arts Society is a registered Canadian Charity that is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. It was formed in Penticton in 2013 with the goal of establishing and operating a performance arts centre in a heritage building in Penticton, BC. When the building was bought out by a winery in 2015, Penmar changed its focus to a Provincial one and in 2016 relocated its operations to Surrey, BC and has been creating fundraising initiatives and supporting live music events in the South Fraser Region as well as Penticton ever since.
Music Lottery is a province wide fundraising program operated by Penmar Community Arts Society. It holds BC Gaming License #119467 for the Music Lottery 50/50 draws. Operating since November 2018, over $20,000 in grants have been provided to support artists and the venues they play.
Read Penmar's Constitution and Bylaws through the links below:
What We Do:
- We develop sustainable fundraising programs to fund the future of live music.
- We provide grants to support live music venues and the artists that play there.
- We provide live music booking, production and marketing services to communities outside of major metro areas in Canada.
To fund and facilitate the future of live music in communities outside major metropolitan areas and ensure that performers and concert support workers are paid a sustainable, living wage.
The ultimate goal is to facilitate the purchase and manage various community owned and operated live music venues in these communities.
Penmar Community Arts Society consists of a variety of professionals who have an interest in creating live music experiences for the benefit of artists, audiences and the local music economy and we work with various community partners and advisors in the live music industry in BC and Canada.
Our Board of Directors:
Nancy Walton, President
Bill Brooks, Treasurer
Louise Witt, Secretary
Natalia Pardalis, Director
Dione Costanzo, Executive Director
Live Music Events
Music Lottery is proud to have been a part of bringing artists, venues, and funding together to create memorable events!
2016/2017: Ocean Park Hall Indie Series featuring local indie artists.
2017/2019: The Flamingo – 155 shows over a year in three venues. Performances included local showcases in a variety of genres, comedy nights, cultural events and a corporate battle of the bands. Genres encompassed were rock, country, funk, metal, punk, tributes and urban.
Cloverdale Concerts – a six show series produced in Shannon Hall on the Cloverdale Fairgrounds.
Are you an artist, promoter, venue, music festival, or music industry professional? Want to work with us through one of our programs or with Music Lottery? Then contact us today to find out how we can work together.
Sponsored Series of Community Concert Programming
A collaboration of corporate and non-profit partnerships to provide access to local shows for fans in Legions and other venues outside of major metro areas. Providing sustainable living wages for musicians and concert support workers.
Time and time again, artists are asked to play for free, often for charitable events. The Exposure Bucks Program provides artists with a flat fee for playing a charitable event. This does two things a) pays the artist fairly for their commitment and time and b) lowers the overhead costs for the charity thereby allowing them to raise more money. It’s a win-win! Charities raise money. Bands get exposure... and they get paid.
My First Tour
Facilitating touring opportunities to locally established bands that are ready for short tours of 4 - 6 shows and/or opening for larger acts.
With thanks to our funding partner:
2019 - Canada Summer Jobs Program
We hired and supervised 2 local youth with connections to the local music industry to develop branding, sales and marketing plans for Music Lottery and the Cloverdale Concert Series.
2018 - Canada Summer Jobs Program
We hired and worked with 5 students over the summer providing supervision, mentorship and practical experience in music business related skills such as social media marketing, event planning and execution, graphic design and branding, and talent booking and hospitality.