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COVID-19 Updates

For Immediate Release
November 26, 2020

As we head towards a brand new year, many have been asking us about our plans for PRISMA in 2021. We are cautiously hopeful that we might be able to return to live music in some form this summer and are exploring various scenarios for a return to physical events, as we monitor the ongoing developments of the pandemic and continue our dialogue with various health authorities and government stakeholders.

On December 1, we will be opening recruitment for a strings-only edition of PRISMA set to run June 14 to 26 in Powell River. This smaller orchestra will be comprised of violinists, violists, cellists and bassists from right here in beautiful British Columbia, performing repertoire that simply hasn’t been possible in past iterations of PRISMA. Chamber concerts, as well as those from student quartets and quintets, will round out our musical offerings for this extraordinary chapter in PRISMA’s history.

The Victoria-based and internationally-renowned Lafayette String Quartet will serve as our Artists in Residence, along with additional guest artists and featured performers. More information will be available in the coming months.


For Immediate Release
June 3, 2020

On weekdays from June 15 to 26, Pacific Region International Summer Music Association (PRISMA) will broadcast a nightly variety hour featuring pre-recorded orchestral and chamber music performances, engaging interviews, educational content, historical highlights, behind-the-scenes access, as well as brand new studio segments and solo performances recorded from a safe social distance. Hosted by maestro Arthur Arnold and members of the PRISMA staff, this livestream series fills the two-week spot PRISMA’s annual festival and music academy would have occupied – before the COVID-19 pandemic grounded international flights and reshaped public events indefinitely.

On a normal year, PRISMA would right now be gearing up to welcome 80 pre-professional musicians from all over the world to form a one-of-a-kind symphony orchestra guided by 20 guest artists from the finest orchestras in Europe, North America and beyond. While not the festival anyone could have imagined just a few short months ago, this revised digital edition offers a new and exciting challenge, and creates a special chapter in the organization’s history book. It also gives PRISMA the opportunity to say a heartfelt thank-you to its generous supporters in Powell River and beyond, with an hour of daily musical entertainment to brighten their day and fill their ears. Each episode will be livestreamed nightly beginning at 7 pm on PRISMA’s Facebook and YouTube pages, as well as Shaw TV in Powell River.

Preparation for this project is well underway. Recording has begun on interviews with alumni, guest artists, and special guests. Dozens of never-before-seen recordings of past concerts are being unearthed from the PRISMA vault. Our guest artists are scheduled to offer ‘virtual’ masterclasses and mentorship sessions with this year’s accepted students. And, starting June 8, the in-studio portion of the broadcasts will be recorded. More surprises are still to come – stay tuned to the PRISMA website for details!

Thursday, March 26, 2020
Updated Friday, March 27, 2020

The Pacific Region International Summer Music Association (PRISMA) announces the cancellation of its 2020 Academy and Festival scheduled for June 15-27 in Powell River, British Columbia, Canada. This decision comes after careful monitoring of the COVID-19 pandemic and weeks of consultation with our local and international stakeholders. The safety of our audiences, students, guest artists, staff and community is a top priority and we look forward to the opportunity to welcome you again in 2021.

Tickets will be refunded upon request, but if you are able to donate the value to PRISMA in exchange for a tax receipt it will help us bridge this financially difficult year. Your support is needed more than ever. For more information please read the FAQ section below.

While the festival as you know it cannot proceed this June due to restrictions on international travel and the call for social distancing at this time, we still intend to bring you a selection of exciting digital content that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your home. More information will be available very soon. In the meantime, stay safe and stay tuned!

Frequently Asked Questions

I wish to donate the value of my tickets back to PRISMA. Will I receive a tax receipt?

Thank you for your generosity! We will happily issue tax receipts for the value of any tickets or passes purchased for the 2020 festival. Please email info@prismafestival.com or call 1-855-577-4762 and leave us a detailed message. Proof of purchase (photo of tickets, email confirmation, etc.) will be required, along with your address so that we can send you your tax receipt.

How do I obtain a full or partial refund on my tickets or passes?

Please email info@prismafestival.com or call 1-855-577-4762 and leave us a detailed message. Proof of purchase (photo of tickets, email confirmation, etc.) will be required.

I am a PRISMA member. Can I amend my tax receipt to reflect a larger donation in lieu of benefits this year?

We will amend your PRISMA 2020 tax receipt to reflect your full donation. In order to do this, to comply with CRA requirements, we must receive the original receipt back. Please send your original receipt to our mailing address: 9-4313 Alberta Avenue, Powell River, BC, V8A 5G7, or drop it through the mail slot. Once received, we will amend. Did you donate to the 2020 Festival in late 2019? If you haven’t already filed your taxes, please follow the above instructions. If you have already filed, we will issue you a 2020 tax receipt for the amount of the benefit deduction. Please contact us at membership@prismafestival.com.

Will my request be processed right away?

Please allow up to a few weeks for processing time. PRISMA is operating at a reduced capacity due to the unpredictability of the ongoing COVID-19 situation. We greatly appreciate your patience as we are dealing with a large number of inquiries at this time and working remotely to ensure the safety of our office staff and the general public.

Will PRISMA return in 2021?

Like many arts organizations across Canada and the world, COVID-19 has put significant strain on PRISMA. But with your support, we will weather this financial challenge and present PRISMA 2021, scheduled for June 14-26. Mark your calendar!


We are currently developing a more comprehensive FAQ list. Please check back here soon.

Click here to read a letter from PRISMA president, Mike Robinson.