THE DREW BURNS COMMODORE MUSICIANS’ FUND
NOVEMBER 3, 2014 (VANCOUVER) Friends of Drew Burns and Access to Music Foundation are pleased to announce the launch of the Drew Burns Commodore Musicians’ Fund. The fund is set up to recognize and acknowledge the years of energy, love and tireless enthusiasm Drew contributed to Vancouver’s music community and a way to honor the special memory of this legend.
Burns was a seminal figure in Vancouver’s music scene, first buying the Commodore Ballroom in 1968 and establishing it as one of the most prized venues in Canada and throughout the west coast. Through his progressive booking tactics, which included being the first to bring bands such as The Clash, U2 and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers to Vancouver, he was both a fan and band favorite. Drew earned and maintained the respect of his patrons, artists, industry and the greater Vancouver community right up until his passing in September 2014.
“His love for this city and its musicians was unparalleled,” said singer and Friends of Drew Burns organizer Dalannah Gail Bowen. “He built such a solid and respectful relationship with local musicians… He always felt we had a wealth of talent right here at home. Even when he brought in big acts, he would say ‘We’re going to have a (local) opener, because everybody needs to be showcased.’”
The scholarship fund will specifically seek to assist musicians in a variety of ages and categories. Applications for the scholarship program will be available on the Access to Music website in the new year. The official program launch will be announced at the Drew Burns Memorial, happening November 5th at the Commodore Ballroom. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster (ow.ly/DHlQf).
If you would like to contribute to the scholarship fund, Access to Music will be accepting donations on behalf of the Drew Burns Commodore Musicians’ Fund and issuing charitable tax receipts for all eligible donations.
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Access to Music is a registered charity (#845751270RR0001) that provides barrier-free tools and opportunities that support music education and creation so that all British Columbians can develop strong character through musical practice.
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