Community & Environment



The SAFMS cares about community and recognizes that Roots & Blues would not be possible without its support.  Paying it forward, we are honoured to give back to the community that sustains us.  Some of the ways in which we work to pay it forward:

  • We maintain a financial scholarship award program to recognize and support graduating School District #83 students.  We also contribute to the education of young women in Kenya through the Canadian Harambee Education Society.
  • Each year we donate Festival tickets and merchandise to an extensive list of  charities, community groups, schools, and other not-for-profits to be used for their fundraising activities.
  • We also offer support services by way of equipment loans to various not-for-profits and we community partner on varying events with other local groups such as R.J. Haney House, The Shuswap Trail Alliance, The Children’s Festival, Relay for Life, Shuswap Tourism, and the Salmon Arm Arts Centre, to name a few.
  • During the Festival we support other non-profit and fundraising groups by offering booths at the Festival at no charge.  The application process for selection is open and democratic.
  • We mentor youth through our student documentary program and volunteer office and have worked with youth groups including Salmon Arm’s Aspiral, Katimavik, and Canada World Youth.
  • As part of our mandate to educate with regards to musical diversity, we offer free admission to all children 12 and under.
  • Through our Roots & Foods initiative we collect food donations for local food banks at the Festival and at all of our outreach events.
  • In 2011 we launched Routes & Blues, a pre-festival outreach project in partnership with Shuswap Tourism and the Shuswap Trail Alliance, among others.  Now in its third year, Routes & Blues connects Shuswap stops of interest, hikes, community meals, and intimate outreach concerts, all working together to open up the Shuswap experience to visitors and locals alike.  The goal is to strengthen community ties while promoting economic prosperity in our beautiful region.

  And then there’s the music…

The main goals of the S.A.F.M.S. are to encourage and promote performers from all parts of the world (with a special emphasis on Canadian talent), and to educate audiences to the incredibly diverse genres of music, musical instruments, and the artists who play them.  We present artistic and cultural events that enrich both the fabric of our community and by extension, the fabric of the world.


  Green is the New Black

The Salmon Arm Folk Music Society is a nonprofit organization committed to lowering its environmental footprint.

Some of the things we do to minimize the Festival’s eco-footprint:

  • Partnering with varying nonprofit groups in Salmon Arm since 2001, we have developed an aluminum can and plastic bottle recycling program which has been a successful collaboration for all involved.
  • We ensure that a cardboard recycling bin is on site and properly marked to enable our volunteers, patrons, and vendors easy access.
  • In our office all waste paper, cardboard, and plastic containers are recycled and we purchase only eco-friendly printer paper.  We Reduce/Reuse/Recycle whenever we can.
  • Whenever possible we source locally grown fruits and vegetables for the Volunteer and Performer lounge food tables and use biodegradable cutlery in these areas.
  • We encourage our food vendors to use biodegradable products.
  • Vendors in the Artisan Market are accepted based on products that are handcrafted in Canada.
  • Each of the 900+  volunteers and the performers are provided with a BPA free refillable water flask  and have access to  water filling stations located throughout the site.
  • We provide bicycle racks for cyclists and the city provides free transit in the downtown core during the Festival.
  • Our Gardening Crew has planted hundreds of locally sourced xeriscape perennials throughout the site and partnering with the Salmon Arm Fall Fair Board, we are committed to adding to the number of trees that SAFMS has already planted on the Fairgrounds.
  • All gray water discharge from our event is responsibly drained into the municipal sewer treatment system.
  • Post-festival we leave the Fairgrounds in pristine shape.

The SAFMS continues to be proactive in finding new and creative ways to lessen our environmental impact and welcomes public input on how to make the Festival ever greener.  Send your ideas and suggestions to

  It takes a village to save a planet