The City of Ottawa made a significant commitment to the city’s burgeoning Music Strategy today, as Mayor Jim Watson unveiled Ottawa’s Draft Budget 2018 at City Council. The draft budget earmarks $100,000 to support the Ottawa Music Strategy.
The Ottawa Music Strategy was announced last March, and is part of the legacy of Ottawa’s hosting of the 2017 JUNO Awards. The Strategy is being developed by the City of Ottawa and the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition (OMIC), with the goal of making the nation’s capital one of the world’s premier music cities. OMIC has already assembled a group of music industry representatives and local business and community leaders, known as the Ottawa Music Strategy Task Force, to develop a series of practical recommendations for the Strategy.
The announcement was applauded on Twitter by OMIC, Ottawa Councillor Jeff Leiper, and Music Canada Live.
We’re also very happy to hear there will be the financial support needed to follow through on the strategy and grow the local industry! Thank you for your support Mayor @JimWatsonOttawa! https://t.co/5SVLnhGVgl
— OMIC/CIMO (@OttawaMIC) November 8, 2017
— Jeff Leiper (@JLeiper) November 8, 2017
— Music Canada Live (@MusicCanadaLive) November 8, 2017
To help guide the Strategy’s final recommendations, OMIC and the City of Ottawa are seeking public input in a brief, anonymous survey. The Strategy is expected to be presented to City Council in early 2018.
The draft budget will be voted on by City Council on Dec. 13, 2017.