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Ontario Supporting Home Grown Musical Talent

Province Encouraging Innovation and International Competitiveness in the Music Industry

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

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.

Ontario's plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change includes free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, and free preschool child care from 2 ½ to kindergarten.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is investing over $14 million through the Ontario Music Fund to provide more than 200 grants to 198 music companies and organizations across the province.
  • In 2015, the Ontario music industry generated $330 million in revenue.
  • The Ontario Music Fund contributed to the creation of over 1,800 full-time equivalent positions for Ontario’s music industry between 2013 and 2016.
  • Ontario generates 79 per cent of Canada’s total music industry revenue.
  • Supporting Ontario’s music sector is a commitment in Ontario’s first ever Culture Strategy, launched in July 2016.
  • The Ontario Music Fund is managed by the Ontario Media Development Corporation. Program guidelines and deadlines for 2018 can be found on OMDC’s website www.omdc.on.ca

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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.”

Daiene Vernile

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

“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.”

Karen Thorne-Stone

President & CEO, Ontario Media Development Corporation

“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.”

Stéphane Gauthier

Executive and Cultural Director, Le Carrefour francophone de Sudbury

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