The following information is excerpted from a release issued by Creative BC.
Earlier this year the provincial government announced $7.5 million in funding to launch Amplify BC, the Province’s new music fund administered by Creative BC. The fund will support those working in BC’s diverse music industry, delivering four new funding programs.
“Creative BC’s priorities are to unite and champion our province’s creative economy,” said Prem Gill, chief executive officer of Creative BC. “Through in-depth consultations with a wide variety of music industry stakeholders, Amplify BC programs have been developed and will now roll out to applicants in support of BC’s dynamic music sector.”
Alex Grigg, executive director of Music BC, adds “the music industry in BC is thrilled with the provincial decision to invest in Amplify BC. These new Amplify BC programs will have a lasting influence – it’s a great time to be a part of the BC music industry.”
The Music Industry Initiatives and Live Music Top-Up programs were opened May 24. Complete launch and application dates for all programs are as follows:
- Music Industry Initiatives supports the development of B.C.’s music industry, including training, skills development, research and a new focus on young, up-and-coming talent. Applications accepted now until March 1, 2019, or until funds are no longer available
- Live Music supports B.C.-based live music events, creating engagement opportunities for audiences, artists and youth to enhance music tourism throughout B.C. Top-Up program applications accepted now until June 30, 2018; Regular applications open October 3, 2018 with a deadline of November 14, 2018.
- Career Development focuses on emerging and established artists. Summer intake opens June 13, 2018 with a deadline of July 25, 2018; winter intake opens November 1, 2018 with a deadline of December 12, 2018.
- Music Company Development focuses on sustainability and building the capacity of B.C.’s music companies. This stream opens for applications August 8, 2018 with a deadline of September 19, 2018.
For more information on programs and applications, visit the Creative BC website.