sound relationships
for mental health


what we offer:

FOM Music Society offers musical opportunities to persons recovering from mental illness.  Our music programs are diverse, and serve adults of ALL ages (over the age of 16).  We welcome persons from all genders, sexual orientations, and cultural backgrounds.  We cater to musicians of every skill level, whether you are new learner, or an experienced musician.  


No referral necessary.


For full details on the range of Music Lessons, Performance Groups, Drop-ins, Community Concerts and Special Events we offer, please visit our PROGRAMS page.   Our regular music programs run from September-June, and most are continuous entry.  We switch to summer programming for the month of July, with music workshops that differ from our regular programming.  


New to FOM Music Society?


We welcome drop-ins at any time to try our groups and see what fits.  If you are a new prospective member, please call or email us in advance to let us know that you plan to attend.  We are always happy to advise on which groups may be a good fit, based on your interests, skill level and other preferences.  All FOM programming takes place in-person at the Eric Martin Pavilion Theatre (Please use the Fort Street entrance – glass sliding doors). 


Visit our memberships page to fill out our online membership form.

regular programs
resume jan 10th, 2023

To stay current with what’s offered each month at FOM Music Society, you can find our program calendar on the reverse side of every issue of Get the Beat Newsletter.  We email a digital copy, bi-monthly, to all of our active members and participants.  You can pick up a print copy at the Eric Martin Pavilion Theatre lobby.  Head to our Newsletter page to view and download current and past issues of our newsletter in PDF.  


The Jan-Feb 2023 Newsletter is now available:

Visit the ‘About Us’ Page to learn more about our organization, or keep scrolling for a summary what we do at FOM Music Society.


FOM Music Society places a high value on making music with our friends. Even more important is the health and safety of our staff, instructors, volunteers and musicians during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please be aware that we operate out of the Eric Martin Pavilion (Part of Jubilee Hospital), and are required to continue with the following health and safety protocols: 

  • COVID screening at the door
  • Masking indoors*
  • Taking our refreshment breaks outside
  • Sanitizing equipment and surfaces regularly
  • Physical distancing & occupancy limits
  • Good hand hygiene (washing/sanitizing)
  • Staying home when you have any cold or flu-like symptoms
  • Following BC CDC guidelines in all matters
We are happy to welcome back all of our wind instrument players in-person (instead of Zoom).  Wind instrument players may remove their mask, only while seated, with everyone else physically distanced and masked. 

*These protocols are subject to change at any time.  


All staff, Instructors and Volunteers were required to be fully vaccinated by Oct 26, 2021.

We encourage everyone to get fully vaccinated for your safety and the safety of those around you.

Because we are an essential service, we do not require proof of vaccine status from our program participants. The majority of our participants are vaccinated, but please be aware that there is the possibility of unvaccinated participation.  To keep everyone safe and healthy, COVID screening. masking, physical distancing and not attending if you are sick, remain mandatory

current events & programs

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For more information on the full range of programs offered at FOM Music Society visit our programs page:

What We Do


—we play music

We offer a diverse array of programs that cater to musicians and performers of all skill levels: music lessons for beginners and beyond, drop-in and performance groups including both open-ended and structured ensembles.


— We promote recovery

Making music is a powerful means of relating to others and supporting good mental health. We actively promote music as a vehicle for connection and recovery.  Our programs are an essential part of our member’s recovery plans.


—We reduce barriers

We actively seek to remove financial barriers to accessing supportive mental health programs.  Our supporters make it possible to offer music programs at no charge, with some loaner instruments available.  Low-cost annual memberships are optional.


—we build confidence

Our focus is on people’s abilities, building a sense of purpose, confidence and self-esteem.  Our services are delivered in a manner that promotes hope and optimism, recognizes the worth of each participant, and provides the highest possible quality of life.  


— We foster community

We co-create a safe, supportive, fun and welcoming space for newcomers, existing members and volunteers alike to learn, connect and enjoy making music together!  Everyone has a place here and participants do not need a referral. 


— We Create employment

We undertake initiatives that facilitate employment and recreation opportunities for persons living with mental illnesses.  These initiatives help to improve financial wellbeing through meaningful work and assist those facing barriers to employment.

we gratefully acknowledge our supporters