Premier Christy Clark announced today the province will put $15 million towards the creation of a fund to support music in B.C.
Clark made the announcement alongside notable B.C. musicians Michael Bublé and Sarah McLachlan.
“B.C. is one of Canada’s leading centres for music with talented musicians in every corner of the province,” said Clark in a statement.
“Our record labels, recording studios, concert venues, and music festivals draw people from all over the province, the country and the world. Music develops culture, promotes talent and diversifies our strong and growing economy.”
The province has the third largest concentration of independent labels and sound recording studios in the country. B.C. is made up of 58 independent record labels, 123 sound recording studios, and the top three major labels in the world have a presence here in the province: Sony, Warner, and Universal.
The BC Music Fund will be administered through Creative BC and aims to stimulate foreign investment and enhance music tourism. Support will largely focus on sound recording, live performances, distant location tour development, music tour strategy, and industry development.