Premier of British Columbia Announces $15 Million Dollar Investment for Music Industry

Music Canada Live salutes Premier Christy Clark and her BC Government today as they announced plans for a one-time $15 million dollar investment towards the creation of a BC Music Fund today during the launch of Music Canada’s BC’s Music Sector: From Adversity to Opportunity report. “With thanks to Music Canada, and Music Canada Live BC members, the Government of British Columbia is acknowledging the power of its music economy and taking the decisive, necessary action to deepen the capacity and potential of its music industry,” said Music Canada Live board chair Jesse Kumagai, “this infusion into the industry will help to create jobs, position the province as a leading destination for live music and music tourism and place British Columbia more squarely on the global map than ever before as a place that understands the economic, social and cultural value of its music assets. BC has always been a musical powerhouse, and its competitive edge, both globally and at home in Canada, is now well-sharpened thanks to the leadership of the Government of British Columbia.”

Music Canada Live worked with Music Canada to bring the live music voice to the research that ultimately lead to today’s announcement. “Live music, from the Pemberton Music Festival to MRG Concerts to Vancouver’s Music on Main, is a fundamental cornerstone of the music industry in BC” said Erin Benjamin, Executive Director of Music Canada Live, “It’s remarkable to see a government that understands what needs to be done and goes ahead and does it. This is extraordinary news for live music in the province – and therefore artists and fans, from BC, across Canada and around the world. We applaud the significant efforts of Music Canada and thank Premier Clark on behalf of our members in the province and throughout Canada’s live music sector and we look forward to supporting Creative BC as the agency who will deliver the fund.”

 

For more information on the fund click here.

To read Music Canada’s BC’s Music Sector: From Adversity to Opportunity click here.