Lucinda Williams was slated to headline the 2020 Vancouver Island MusicFest. Photo by David McClister

Music festival to receive $10,500 from Comox Valley Regional District

Vancouver Island MusicFest is in line to receive $10,500 from the Comox Valley Regional District Grants-in-Aid program to help offset losses in planning for this year’s festival.

The annual gathering, scheduled for July 10-12 at the Comox Valley Exhibition Grounds, was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Executive producer/artistic director Doug Cox said the festival is grateful to be receiving such generous support from the CVRD.

“It’s a milestone for us and we are thrilled,” Cox said. “The festival has taken a substantial loss, but it could have been much worse if not for the incredible support of our patrons and our community.”

Cox said most ticket holders have either held their tickets for next year, or donated them back to the festival.

“We also received generous donations beyond that,” he said. “It was quite extraordinary when compared to other festivals across the country and the refund rate…So we will continue with the knowledge there are many out there who truly value Vancouver Island MusicFest, and that is a good feeling with all that’s going on in the world.”

He and other organizers are planning to hold the 2021 festival from July 9-11. Cox said some changes might have to be made, though it’s too soon to know further details.

This year, 32 non-profits will receive regional grants, which are considered on a year-to-year basis. Approved funding will be provided after Aug. 1.

Of the $10,500 granted to MusicFest, $1,500 will come from Area A, $4,000 from Area B and $5,000 from Area C.

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