Alberta Music Festival Association

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Alberta Music Festival Association

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        The Alberta Music Festival Association promotes the appreciation of and participation in music and speech arts within Alberta. This is accomplished by planning two annual festivals for competition among local festival representatives, offering assistance to the local festivals, and publishing an annual Syllabus.

        The Association as it exists today is an umbrella organization, formed in 1964 to represent and co-ordinate the competition festivals throughout Alberta. This Association, in comparison to its predecessor the Alberta Musical Festival Association, became more of a provincial Association with membership extended in 1964 from Calgary, Edmonton and Lethbridge to include Drumheller, Medicine Hat, Red Deer, Taber, as well as the Canadian Native Society as an Associate member.

        The Association continued to grow, and by 1990 the Alberta Music Festival Association included 30 member festivals. The Association provides syllabi, adjudication lists, help in running or starting a festival, supplies for festivals and provincial festivals for winners of the local festivals; local festivals are autonomous in their local organization. Local musical festival associations had existed in Alberta from as early as 1908, specifically in Edmonton, Calgary, and Lethbridge, Alberta. In 1917, the Edmonton group proposed a constitution for a provincial association, the Alberta Musical Festival Association, which was approved by the Calgary, and Lethbridge groups and came into force on December 8, 1917. The Alberta Musical Festival Association was to promote the interests of good music by holding competitions and concerts in various parts of Alberta. The organization of the Association involved a Provincial Executive as its governing body, with local branches in Edmonton, Lethbridge and Calgary. The province was divided into three districts, with the local branch having control of all matters relating to its own district, except for those outlined in the constitution. In 1918 Edmonton, Lethbridge and Calgary agreed to follow a common syllabus, to rotate the annual provincial festival between the three cities, and to hold local festivals in the two intervening years. The Alberta Musical Festival Association was incorporated under the Societies Act on May 6, 1925, with the objective of promoting the interests of good music by holding competitions, concerts, musical festivals, recitals, lectures, oratorios and performances of all kinds to advance the cause of music, whether general, professional or technical, throughout Alberta. In 1961, the Association was approached by the Cultural Activities Branch of the Alberta Government about the holding of province-wide festivals; this formed the basis of the Alberta Music Festival Association.


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