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Ontario's Music Sector Takes Centre Stage

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Ontario's Music Sector Takes Centre Stage

Province Supporting Artists, Launching Live Music Portal

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

In its inaugural year, the Ontario Music Fund is helping to grow the province's music industry and positioning Ontario as a leading destination to record and perform. 

This year, the fund is providing 108 grants to artists and music organizations that produce, distribute and promote Canadian music and artists. The grants will support various projects, including:

  • A mentorship program that pairs emerging artists with established Canadian artists to improve their business skills. This year's mentors include: Feist, Shad, The Hidden Cameras, Dala and Hollerado.  
  • A brand recognition initiative to help raise the profile of Ontario's Francophone music companies and artists both across the province and internationally.
  • The launch of several new albums from MDM Recordings -- an Ontario based country music label -- helping them promote Canadian artists, expand their operations and create jobs. 
  • The expansion of Hamilton's Supercrawl festival from a two-day to a three-day event and enhancements to the organization's business development activities.

Working with Music Canada, the province has also created OntarioLiveMusic.ca -- a comprehensive live music listings site to promote concerts, festivals and special events happening in communities across the province. 

Helping Ontario music companies and artists grow and thrive is part of the government's economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.

Quick Facts

  • Announced in the 2013 Budget, the Ontario Music Fund is a three-year $45 million grant program.
  • The Ontario Music Fund is administered by the Ontario Media Development Corporation.
  • Ontario’s music production sector accounts for over 80 per cent of total national revenues. In 2011, it generated more than $429 million in revenues (Statistics Canada).
  • The Ontario Music Fund supports the province’s Live Music Strategy to position the province as a leading destination for live music and music tourism.

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Michael Coteau

“We’re turning up the volume on our diverse and dynamic music industry. Through the Ontario Music Fund, we are making important investments to help the industry grow, create jobs and ensure Ontario’s talent thrives here at home.”

Michael Coteau

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

“Congratulations to the first round of recipients for the Ontario Music Fund who represent the fabulous talent, diversity and appeal of Ontario’s dynamic music industry. Over the next two years, this unparalleled support will be instrumental in bringing Ontario’s music to a global audience.”

Kevin Shea

Chair, Ontario Media Development Corporation

Media Contacts

  • George McNeillie

    Ontario Media Development Corporation

    416-642-6619

  • Jeff Costen

    Minister’s Office

    Jeff.Costen@ontario.ca

    (416) 314-4266

  • Denelle Balfour

    Communications Branch

    Denelle.Balfour@ontario.ca

    (416) 326-1724

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