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Shambhala comes to Nelson bearing gifts

Nelson Daily Editor
By Nelson Daily Editor
October 14th, 2011

A piece of the Salmo River Ranch’s Shambhala Music Festival is now permanently entrenched in Nelson.

On Wednesday the successful music festival donated $75,000 to the renovation of Selkirk College’s Studio 80, now to be called Shambhala Music and Performance Hall.

Located in Nelson at the Tenth Street Campus, the hall has been undergoing renovations since November, 2010.

And last November Selkirk College appealed to the community, foundations and organizations when it launched its Count Me In campaign to raise $150,000 for the upgrade of Studio 80 — the practice, recital and concert space for faculty, guest artists and students of the Contemporary Music and Technology program.

The funding provided by the federal and provincial governments, along with Columbia Basin Trust, only covered the mechanical and structural upgrades to the studio and replacement of interior finishes. It did not cover costs associated with equipment, lighting, recording technology or seating, something the Shambhala donation will now do.

The aim of the Count Me In campaign was to replace the existing 80 well-worn seats with 104 new seats and to buy and install new lighting and sound equipment for the studio, said donor development coordinator Pat Henman when the campaign was first announced.

 

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