Reaction to the new Ontario Music Fund
Yesterday, musicians got a bit of recognition at Queen's Park, during the budget speech...
when Finance Minister Charles Sousa introduced the Ontario Music Fund. It will be run by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and details are fairly thin at this point.
A release says, "The provincewide grant program would support new digital and record production and distribution of Canadian music, increase partnership opportunities, and promote Ontario's music industry in Canada and around the globe."
So how could that fund result in more recording and performing in Ontario? Joining us to talk about it -- Philippe Lafreniere, from SoulJazz Orchestra, who also produces other artists and performs as Phil Motion; Alka Sharma, the new executive director of Folk Music Ontario; and Jon Bartlett, who runs Kelp Records, the label for artists like The Flaps, New Country Rehab and Jim Bryson.
Update: we put some of these questions & concerns to the provincial minister of tourism, culture and sport. Here's the response from Michael Chan.