Calgary Kiwanis Festival funding woes jeopardize future
Participation remains high, but officials say costs have escalated and funding has declined
The Calgary Kiwanis Music Festival says it's at risk of closing its doors after 83 years of music and speech performances.
We cannot continue to bleed for much longer.- Executive director Mary Ross
Organizers say while participation remains high, costs have escalated and funding has declined.
“The Calgary Kiwanis Festival is one of North America’s largest amateur competitive festivals,” said executive director Mary Ross in a release.
”Despite strong enrolment, our expenses continue to exceed revenues year over year. We cannot continue to bleed for much longer.”
The festival has run a deficit for the past three years and needs $215,000 to break even this year.
The annual budget for the 12,000-participant that runs for three weeks is $600,000.
"A vibrant arts community relies on a diverse ecosystem of organizations and artists," said Calgary Arts Development president and CEO Patti Pon in a release.
"Fostering artistic excellence in our youth, as the Kiwanis Festival does, contributes to the overall health of Calgary's arts scene, and we encourage Calgary's arts champions to support the causes they believe in."
Kiwanis put out a news release this afternoon pleading for more donors.