The purpose of the Society for the Advancement of Artists & Musicians is to help further the careers of local musicians in British Columbia. Founded in 2017, S.A.A.M. is passionate about helping musical artists in the City of Vancouver get the support they need in a city where that support is all too often not present. We fill the gaps that government and the music industry leave – and we do this with the support of our local musical community.
We connect local musicians to venues where they can perform, give them access to recording and rehearsal spaces, tour booking resources, video and promotional production as well as mentoring and guidance.
We approach these objectives with a two pronged strategy – we recognize and reward musical artists that currently act within our local community, and we curate new talent from up and coming musicians that need menorship, guidance, and connections to become fully fledged members of that community.
The tangible manifestations of that strategy are our yearly award show The Whammys (founded 2014) and our upcoming planned for Youth Festival (inaugural year 2018).