Ontario is investing in the province's music industry through more than 200 new grants that will help increase music production and attract new audiences to discover local artists.
Glenn Thibeault, MPP for Sudbury, was at the Théâtre du Nouvel-Ontario today to make the announcement on behalf of Daiene Vernile, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport. This year, Le Carrefour francophone de Sudbury, Ontario's oldest Franco-Ontarian cultural centre, is receiving support from the Ontario Music Fund to help expand and improve La Nuit émergente—a two-day festival that offers live music and theatrical showcases and performances.
Through the Ontario Music Fund, the province supports music companies and organizations to produce, distribute, present and promote Ontario-based music, to help them compete internationally. As a result, companies and organizations can invest in building the careers of their artists. Between 2013 and 2016, artists supported by the fund sold over 5.6 million recordings domestically and a further 7 million recordings internationally. Almost 4 million people have attended live music events supported by the fund, featuring performances by more than 4,000 Ontario artists.
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“Our government recognizes that the music industry is a key economic driver in Ontario, as well as an important part of Ontario’s cultural landscape. The Ontario Music Fund supports an environment where our music companies and organizations – both large and small – can innovate and expand, raising the profiles and boosting the careers of talented artists from many musical genres and backgrounds.”
“The Ontario Music Fund has been a real game-changer for music companies and artists in Ontario. OMDC is proud to invest in building this important sector and ensuring that local talent reaches audiences around the world. The popularity of Ontario music is reflected in more than 100 JUNO nominations this year alone, with seven out of nine artists in the JUNO Fan’s Choice award category from Ontario.”
“The Ontario Music Fund gives us an opportunity to strengthen our role in the Franco-Ontarian music industry. We were able to give new momentum to La Nuit émergente, now in its sixth year, thanks in part to the support of the Ontario Music Fund.”
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