Last month, at an event at the historic Warehouse Studios in Vancouver, Premier Christy Clark announced a $15 million grant towards the creation of a BC Music Fund, which will be administered by Creative BC. The event also included remarks from Music Canada President and CEO Graham Henderson, Jon Garson, President and CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce, Diamond-certified artist Michael Bublé, and Scott Johnson, Chair of Music BC. A selection of quotes and video from the event are available below:
“Music, as it turns out, doesn’t just drive our culture, but our economy. We now understand that thriving music scenes attract and retain young talented workers and the businesses that employ them. Music, in effect, can be the glue that holds our communities together.” – Graham Henderson, President & CEO, Music Canada
“No matter who you are, no matter how young, how old, no matter how esoteric your art may be, we want you to have a chance to succeed in British Columbia. And we want you to know that our province supports and is passionate about what you are doing in the way that you are changing the place that we live.” – Premier Christy Clark
“Thanks to you Premier, people who want to pursue a music career here will be able to do so and not have to leave home, which is pretty incredible. I mean, for a long time, people have had to go to Ontario if they want to be able to afford to make the record…Truly, it’s never been tougher to develop a career as an artist. The 15 million dollars that Premier Clark has committed to this industry, is going to help that BC does everything it takes to make a thriving and strong music scene.” – Micheal Bublé
“All children need the opportunity to express themselves through music as part of their education, and know that this is a viable career path for them.” – Jon Garson, President & CEO, BC Chamber of Commerce
“I’ve often thought, this is the Nashville of the North…it’s time we stand up and represent ourselves as such.” – Scott Johnson, President, Music BC
We have been fortunate to have your perspective & passion for discovering & sharing new music from all cultures as part of our Advisory Council - we’re excited to hear you share this passion with all Canadians on this new, national platform.
"With touring on hold as we knew it, how have artists pivoted and in what areas could they use more support? This survey will help Music Canada present the artists’ story."
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The pandemic is causing serious and likely irreparable harm to artists in Canada.
If you're a Canadian artist, please help shape our message to government & industry partners with our new survey here: https://musiccanada.com/artist-survey-2021/
As an artist, I know the pandemic is causing serious and very likely irreparable harm to artists.
Canadian musicians, please take a moment to fill out this survey to help shape our message to government and industry partners.
We’ve launched a new artist focused survey as we approach a year of restrictions preventing normal activities of artists. It is the voices of artists that shape our message as we support the music community’s recovery.
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We are proud to help announce @cityoftoronto's #CityHallLiveSpotlight - a weekly series of streamed live concerts by Toronto musicians in shuttered Toronto venues, in support of Unison. Tune in Jan 14th @ 7:30pm to catch the first performance by none other than @LidoPimienta! 💙