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Selkirk College fundraises for Studio 80 upgrade

Selkirk College is counting on the support of the community, foundations and organizations as it launches its 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 college is in the midst of a total renovation of the Tenth Street student residence in Nelson, where Studio 80 is located.

The funding provided by the federal and provincial governments, along with Columbia Basin Trust, includes mechanical and structural upgrades to the studio and replacement of interior finishes.

But, it does not cover costs associated with equipment, lighting, recording technology or seating.

It is the college’s intention to cover these associated costs with funds raised through its “Count Me In” revitalization campaign.

"The aim of the ‘Count Me In’ campaign is 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,” explains Donor Development Coordinator Pat Henman.

“This will enable us to stay on the cutting edge of recording, composition, vocal and instrument training and truly enhance the student experience.”

There are many ways to pitch in and support the studio upgrade.

“Individuals have the option of donating a monetary gift, purchasing a seat or naming a room,” says Henman.

“All donors’ names will be engraved on a Studio 80 donor wall and on their actual seat if they decide to go that route. It’s a great way to be a part of local history.”

The seats are $500 each and there are four rooms to name. In addition, donors will be invited to attend the grand re-opening that will host a concert produced by faculty and students of the Contemporary Music and Technology program.

For more information on the Count Me In revitalization campaign for Studio 80, visit www.selkirk.ca/s/count-me-in or contact Selkirk College’s Development Department at campaigns@selkirk.ca or 250-505-1324.