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
Congratulations to the finalists for the @SOCANmusic Songwriting Prize! The prize honours the most creative & artistic songs of the past year created by emerging songwriters in Canada.
Fans can listen to the nominees & cast their vote for the winner at http://www.socansongwritingprize.ca/.
We are delighted to share that @thehipofficial have announced a limited run of The Unison T-Shirt, as seen worn by the band while accepting the 2021 Humanitarian Award during the 50th Annual @TheJUNOAwards. Get yours: https://bit.ly/2TH3m0e #BandTogetherInUnison 📸:ellemarie.jpg
On Saturday, June 19th, @advancemusicca, Canada’s Black Music Collective, will present AMPED, a one day virtual summit geared towards students, career professionals, veteran executives, and artists in Canadian music.
To register for this free event, visit https://www.advancemusic.org/amped
[email protected] & @RyersonDI have released a survey to gain a deeper understanding of how sustained action in support of the values of equity, diversity and inclusion can better serve the music community by identifying diversity and inclusion gaps.
ATTN: @MusicCanada & @RyersonDI has released a survey with the intention to identify diversity and inclusion gaps within the music industry & barriers to the success of diverse artists, creators and music professionals in the Canadian music industry: https://bit.ly/3tOhHVj.
Add your voice; @Music_Canada in collaboration w/ @RyersonDI have launched a new research study on Diversity & Inclusion in Canada’s music industry. Artists, creators, and music industry professionals and crew are encourages to participate in the survey.
Congratulations to all of the artists’ whose work was named to the 2021 @PolarisPrize Long List!
See the full list of albums at https://polarismusicprize.ca/blog/2021-polaris-music-prize-long-list-is-here/. #Polaris2021 #LongList
Congratulations to all involved with the Int’l @Indigmusic Summit, which concludes tonight, following five days of programming that brought Indigenous artists and music industry professionals together to honour tradition and forge new pathways.
How can sustained action in support of the values of equity, diversity and inclusion can better serve the music community?
Help Music Canada & @RyersonDI identify diversity and inclusion gaps in Canada’s music industry by completing this survey: