Creative BC, the independent agency responsible for promoting the development of the creative industries in our province, announced on June 8 the appointment of Brenda Grunau as manager of the newly created BC Music Fund.
Grunau comes to Creative BC from CiTR 101.9 FM, the University of British Columbia’s campus and community radio station, where she has been the station manager since 2008. She has led the station's strategic planning, oversaw finances and fundraising campaigns, and published CiTR's music magazine, Discorder. Grunau has acted as president and as board member of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival and has served as president, treasurer, and board member of the National Campus and Community Radio Station. She has an MBA from York University with a specialization in arts and media.
The $15 million grant, announced by Premier Christy Clark in February, will be administered by Creative BC to support economic development in the music industry. The BC Music Fund will aim to support and promote various aspects of the industry, such as direct investment in BC’s music industry, enhancing live music opportunities, stimulating the creation and retention of jobs and promoting BC’s music on the national and global stage.
Grunau joins Creative BC effective June 27.