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PRISMA Festival & Academy


The Pacific Region International Summer Music Association, produces PRISMA every June, in Powell River, BC. Our festival has rapidly become an integral part of the calendar of the region. PRISMA, helps shape Powell River’s civic and cultural identity and is an important economic driver for our region. The dedicated team that makes PRISMA happen consists of its artistic director, twelve employed staff, volunteers, sponsors, donors and members. Our festival is held on the traditional territories of the Tla’amin Nation whose people have inhabited these lands since time immemorial.

PRISMA’s Values and Believes


PRISMA enriches lives through the language of classical music.


  • Music can build bridges because of its universal language
  • Fostering potential is important for  keeping musical traditions alive
  • Live music is transformative, and creates an ephemeral moment characterized by wonder


  • run in the black” and not spend money that it doesn’t have
  • encourage students to foster their musical skills and talent to the maximum of their potential
  • be a vehicle for building community practice governance reflective of the diversity of the region
  • be accessible and welcoming to the most talented students regardless of ethnicity, age, financial means, gender and sexual orientation
  • make classical music accessible to local audiences, including youth
  • be an economic catalyst through Music Tourism, and contribute to Powell River’s cultural richness and sustainability
  • be a positive, supportive environment that builds up students, volunteers, and the organizing team
  • commit to creating a musical legacy for future generations
  • pursue excellence in artistic performance and operations, and
  • grow by focussing on its unique qualities


  • To advance music education by establishing and operating an academy
  • To educate and advance the knowledge and abilities of students by providing rehearsals, lessons, courses, seminars, recitals, workshops and performance opportunities
  • To operate an arts festival focused on live classical music in all its forms, including, but not limited to, symphony and chamber music, solo performance, opera, and piano performance
  • To increase the public’s appreciation and knowledge of classical music

Annual Report

Our 2020 Annual Report can be found here.

Our 2019 Annual Report can be found here.

Our 2018 Annual Report can be found here.

Financial Statements

A copy of our financial statements (year ended September 30, 2020) can be viewed here.

A copy of our financial statements (year ended September 30, 2019) can be viewed here.

A copy of our financial statements (year ended September 30, 2018) can be viewed here.