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Amping Up Support for Ontario Music

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Amping Up Support for Ontario Music

Province Providing 190 Grants to Create Jobs and Boost Innovation in the Music Sector

Ontario is investing in the music industry with 190 new grants that help local companies and artists across the province innovate, increase music production and attract new audiences.

Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, was at the launch of Canadian Music Week in Toronto today to make the announcement. Canadian Music Week is receiving funding from the Ontario Music Fund (OMF) that will help support industry initiatives including summits, an international marketplace, industry awards and various live events. The Canadian Music Week Festival will showcase over 800 artists at more than 40 venues over five nights in downtown Toronto.

The Ontario Music Fund grants will support music businesses that produce, distribute, present and promote Ontario-based music and artists in order to grow the province's vibrant and competitive music industry.

Previous support from the program has helped to position Ontario as a leading destination for live music and music tourism. Since the Ontario Music Fund began in 2013, almost four million people have attended live music events supported by the fund, featuring more than 4,000 performances by Ontario artists.

Investing in Ontario's dynamic music industry is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is investing approximately $15 million through the Ontario Music Fund Program to provide 190 grants.
  • Ontario Music Fund support helps artists reach audiences from all over the world. Since 2013, the program has supported sales of over 5.6 million recordings domestically and more than seven million recordings internationally.
  • Ontario’s music recording companies generated 79 per cent of Canada’s total revenues in this sector in 2015.
  • Launched in July 2016, the Ontario’s Culture Strategy promotes participation in arts and culture, builds on the sector's economic impact and helps people in Ontario tell their stories and express themselves.

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“Ontario is home to a diverse music industry that draws people from all over to take advantage of our world class recording facilities and to experience our vibrant live music scene. Ontario is the best place to record and perform music in Canada, and through the Ontario Music Fund our government continues to invest in this dynamic sector.”

Eleanor McMahon

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

“Ontario’s music is enjoyed across Canada and on the world stage. Through the Ontario Music Fund, OMDC is proud to support the growth of this vibrant industry where strong companies and emerging artists alike contribute to Ontario’s employment, economy and quality of life.”

Karen Thorne-Stone

President & CEO, Ontario Media Development Corporation

“As a recipient, Canadian Music Week can attest to the effectiveness of the Ontario Music Fund. The investment we’ve received bolsters our ability to attract international companies and our status as ‘ground zero’ for global interest in Ontario artists. The Government of Ontario can rightfully take a bow for amping up interest in Canadian artists around the world with this initiative. And we applaud them for it.”

Neill Dixon

Canadian Music Week

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