At a media conference at The Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, Premier Christy Clark announced a one-time $15-million grant toward the creation of a BC Music Fund to help support the music industry in the province.
“B.C. is one of Canada’s leading centres for music with talented musicians in every corner of the province,” said Premier Clark. “Our record labels, recording studios, concert venues and music festivals draw people from all over the province, the country and the world. Music develops culture, promotes talent and diversifies our strong and growing economy.”
Premier Clark also said there is potential for renewal of the fund.
The BC Music Fund will be administered through Creative BC and will help support sound recording, live music performances, distant location tour development, music tour strategy and industry development.
Music Canada Live board chair Jesse Kumagai says “this infusion into the industry will help to create jobs, position the province as a leading destination for live music and music tourism.”
The grant announcement was made in conjunction with the release of Music Canada’s report “BC’s Music Sector: From Adversity to Opportunity” which was prepared by Music Canada after interviews and consultation with more than 100 individuals in BC’s music sector, the business community, municipal and provincial governments, provincial agencies, and community leaders. Music Canada’s report highlights BC’s wealth of talent and factors that put them at risk.
To read Music Canada’s BC’s Music Sector: From Adversity to Opportunity report, CLICK HERE.