VAMS Features Musicians With Disabilities

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Through a $12,500-grant from Catalyst, the Vancouver Adapted Music Society launched its VAMS on Wheels project to offer ten musicians with disabilities the opportunity to create a compilation CD, titled Strait Goods, exposing many of them to the recording business for the first time. The resources needed to create, produce and perform music are often unavailable to those with disabilities. The project provided them with the necessary tools to pursue their chosen art form. Featuring ten musicians from Vancouver and Southern BC, the project demonstrated the range of talent amongst people with disabilities, stressing the importance for their art to be included in mainstream culture. VAMS promoted the CD via an email campaign, newsletter and through its website at vams.org. A concert in February, 2008, formally launched the CD. The project has nurtured new audiences, supported the creation of music programs for those with disabilities in other communities, and has enabled the participants to enjoy greater professional success.



Catalyst invests in BC arts, cultural and heritage organizations wishing to enhance their artistic, administrative and organizational capacities. The program is supported by the Province of British Columbia.