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
Thanks to @Music_Canada & @umusic for an informative tour @CapitolRecords - a thrill to experience Rocket man in studio C, use Frank Sinatra’s original microphone, stand in studio A as Quincy Jones will be in tonight & see an iconic Beastie Boys tag.
Congratulations to @miramulholland, who was honoured with the 2019 Global IP Champion Award by @globalipcenter! https://www.theglobalipcenter.com/global-ip-champion-miranda-mulholland/ The award recognizes leading innovators, creators, and the policymakers who support their work.
A Conversation With .. @ErrolNazareth, via @fyimusicnews https://www.fyimusicnews.ca/articles/2019/11/08/conversation-errol-nazareth As host of @CBCBigCity, Errol champions music that reflects the diversity of Toronto - we are fortunate to gain his insights as a member of our Advisory Council.
Congratulations Deputy Mayor @Thompson_37 on your appointment as Toronto's first Night Economy Ambassador. We applaud yours and Mayor @JohnTory's commitments to strengthening and diversifying Toronto's night economy, and continued advocacy for Toronto's music sector. #TOMusicCity
"In Hell I'll Be In Good Company" is the first Canadian Gold certification for Regina, SK's @TheDeadSouth4, who received their plaques last week in Toronto from @SixShooterR! https://musiccanada.com/news/the-dead-south-receive-first-gold-plaque-in-toronto/
What would The Mastering of a Music City mean for Sault Ste. Marie? Find out in this video recap of the launch of Music City Sault Ste. Marie Strategy, by @SaultOnline https://saultonline.com/2019/10/what-would-the-mastering-of-a-music-city-mean-for-sault-ste-marie/
Want to watch the full 1.5 hour CBC Music special of the induction of Bobby into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame? Its now available on the CBC Gem app to stream for free. Link below and you can stream the entire night in HD