Community & Environment


Through the process of continuous improvement, the Salmon Arm Folk Music Society will strive to implement policies and practices that strengthen our cultural, financial and ecological sustainability.

Environmental Practices

The Festival has determined that continuing existing practises and the implementation of a number of new initiatives are fundamental to this approach.

Environmental Policy

We will design, organize and implement our productions and operations in a way that minimizes our negative environmental impacts.

Congratulation to our 2020 Salmon Arm Folk Music Society Fine Arts Development Scholarship!

The Salmon Arm Folk Music Society is pleased to announce Erin Hiebert and Tegan Larvin, both students at Salmon Arm Senior Secondary, as their 2020 recipients of the Salmon Arm Folk Music Society Fine Arts Development Scholarship. Each student will be awarded $500 toward their post-secondary education in a fine arts discipline.

Erin Hiebert has been selected as a 2020 recipient based on her application which highlighted her acceptance into the music program at the University of Alberta. Erin has also been a participant in the Shuswap Art Gallery’s “Random Acts of Music”, a performer at the Shuswap Community Theatre’s production of “The Wizard of Oz”, a student of piano, guitar and voice, in addition to competencies in flute and alto saxophone, performer in Shuswap Idol, a painting exhibited at Shuswap Art Gallery, and finally, two years volunteering at the Salmon Arm ROOTSandBLUES Festival.

Tegan Larvin has been selected as a 2020 recipient based on her application for acceptance into the Fine Arts Program at Okanagan University College. Tegan’s application highlighted her aspirations to open a business in illustration, animation, graphic design, or the tattoo arts. Tegan has previously had her worked displayed at the Shuswap Art Gallery and was awarded 2nd place at the Salmon Arm Art Battle Fundraiser. Her application also highlighted her work as a Teachers Assistant at SASS with the encouragement and mentorship of art teacher Chris Schielke and her volunteer work at the 2017 and 2018 Salmon Arm ROOTSandBLUES Festival.

Congratulations Erin & Tegan!


We care about our community and recognize that ROOTSandBLUES would not be possible without its support.  Paying it forward, we are honoured to give back to the community that sustains us.  Here are 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.
  • 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 the volunteer office.
  • As part of our mandate to educate with regards to musical diversity, we offer free admission to all children 12 and under.


And then there’s the music… The main goal of the ROOTSandBLUES is 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.

  • Reduction in our carbon footprint through establishing grid-based power
  • Integration of “pedal power” utility vehicles to reduce our carbon emissions
  • Promote the use of and provide safe storage for bicycles while on site
  • Promote the use of public transportation
  • Source locally grown food for our volunteers and performers
  • Composting of all vendor, volunteer and performer utensils, containers, packaging and food waste
  • Provide compostable beverage containers for use by our patrons and volunteers in all our various beverage and hospitality areas
  • Recycling of all materials where possible
  • Return of all deposit-based containers
  • Reducing single use water bottles from circulation on our site by banning their sale
  • Greening of the fair grounds. In conjunction with the Fall Fair Board continue to plant low maintenance green spaces and trees
  • Establishment of underground watering systems, grey water discharge and potable water stations

It Takes a Village

As with all aspects of the festival, it truly takes a community to produce a world class event.

We would like to acknowledge the support of Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust and the City of Salmon Arm for their support with the Generator Reduction Program. This project is allowing the Festival to reduce the use of diesel generators and move to permanent electricity sources.

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