B.C. music industry gets $3.8 million

No Comments 20 December 2016

B.C. music industry gets $3.8 million

Christmas has come early for the music industry. The Province of British Columbia and Creative BC have just announced three new funding programs totalling $3.8 million.

A total of $2.5 million has been dedicated to support the Live Music Program. B.C. based festivals, venues, live music presenters and event producers can apply for funding aimed at increasing the number of live music performances within the province. According to a press release, funding will support developments that directly contribute to the growth of live music events, “such as infrastructure improvements, new marketing initiatives and strategy development.” The deadline for the first program intake is February 1, 2017 with a second intake in June 2017.

In addition, $1 million will be provided for the new Industry Initiatives Program which will support industry events and export activities, including industry conferences, trade missions, and collaborative export marketing.

Finally, $300,000 will be allocated toward the Research Program - projects that increase knowledge and inform the growth of British Columbia’s distinct music sector. “This includes data collection on economic impact, development of new products, researching export opportunities to new markets, consumer behavior research, feasibility studies for new initiatives within the music industry, and other research.”

Eligible applicants for the Industry Initiatives and the Research programs include industry associations and business collaborations. Applications for these two programs will be accepted on a rolling intake until funds have been allocated.

The press release continues: “From January through March, the BC Music Fund will launch additional programs to support B.C.’s diverse music industry. In total, the fund will support seven programs, including Sound Recording, Live Music, Industry Initiatives, Research, Careers of B.C. Artists, Music Company Development, and Innovation.”

Read More/Original Source: http://www.montrealgazette.com/entertainment/music/music+industry+gets+million/12539257/story.html

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