A deal with Bulkley Valley Insurance Services will make it more affordable for smaller acts to book Bovill Square.
The insurance policy approved at last Tuesday’s council meeting allows performers or other users to book the stage for a small, refundable deposit.
“Last season was our first full season with the square, and one of the things we heard was that obtaining insurance, which is a town requirement, was a barrier for some people,” said Mayor Taylor Bachrach.
A business that wished to remain anonymous helped sponsor the deal. BV Insurance general manager Michael Henfry echoed the mayor’s hope that more stage use would lead to a more vibrant downtown. He added the plan to provide insurance, with the BV Community Arts Council as the legal entity, has been in the works since last year.
“We want people to know they can use this thing for free, so get out and do it. There’s nothing holding anybody back,” said Henfry.