Music at Port Milford benefits from over $70,000 in provincial grant funding

LIVING LIFE ON A STRING Students at the 2022 session of Music at Port Milford rehearse on Tuesday afternoon. The summer music program that attracts young string players from all over the world was buoyed by provincial grants exceeding $70,000 over the past year. (Submitted photo)
JASON PARKS

STAFF WRITER

An instrumental music education program that brings young students from all over North America and the world to Prince Edward County in the summer season will benefit from a pair of major provincial grant allocations.

On Saturday, Bay of Quinte MPP Todd Smith attended the third concert of Music at Port Milford’s 2022 festival concert series and while the students naturally hit all the right notes, the crescendo had to be the public announcement Music at Port Milford Canada, Incorporated has received $72,000 over the past year.

In total, Music at Port Milford received two grants: a $50,000 grant from the Government of Ontario’s Community Building Fund which helped sustain the organization’s operations through the pandemic; and a $22,000 Resilient Communities Fund grant through the Ontario Trillium Foundation which has allowed Music at Port Milford to make upgrades to its facilities allows for a safe return to in-person programming.

(Submitted Photo)

As per its mandate, Music at Port Milford (MPM) brings together promising youth with a passion for chamber music with internationally renowned faculty to create an inspiring summer camp and festival in Prince Edward County. MPM also supports life-long learning and passion for classical music through pre-teen and adult programs as well as public concert performances featuring student and professional musicians. MPM has operated in Prince Edward County since 1987, and “is thrilled to be back in person following two years of offering online programming.”

“Music at Port Milford is a special program, bringing talented young musicians from around the world together in beautiful Prince Edward County to immerse themselves in learning and performance with leading classical musicians. It enriches our community each summer,” said Smith. “I’m pleased this funding from the Community Building Fund and Resilient Communities Fund are allowing this tradition to resume safely.”

During a period of reduced revenue, the $50,000 grant from OTF’s Community Building Fund helped to cover operating costs and training on COVID safety protocols in preparation for in-person programming. The $22,000 Resilient Communities Fund grant allowed Music at Port Milford to make ventilation and sanitary upgrades to ensure the safety of its staff and students when the summer academy reopened in July.

MPM also replaced and/or upgraded windows in all practice and sleeping spaces, purchased fans and air purifiers, as well as a new industrial dishwasher to improve sanitation.

“Seeing MPM grow over the past 35 years, from a one-week gathering of 17 music students – when students slept in tents and my mother did all of the cooking – to the program we have today with renowned faculty members, students drawn from all different backgrounds and corners of the globe, has given me an immeasurable amount of joy,” said Meg Hill, Managing and Artistic Director. “It has developed into what it is today through the vision and extensive efforts of many, many people. The support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation this past year was crucial for this organization and musical community to survive and thrive after the emergence of COVID-19. I join the students, faculty, and Board of Directors in profound gratitude to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for helping to get MPM back to its in- person programming, bringing extraordinary music to the County and nurturing the next generation of classical musicians.”

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) mission is to build healthy and vibrant communities across Ontario. As an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations, last year, OTF invested nearly $209M into 2,042 community projects and partnerships, which included funding for the Government of Ontario’s Community Building Fund.

Since 2020, OTF has supported Ontario’s economic recovery by helping non-profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19.

Visit otf.ca to learn more.