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Feds Detail Phase 2 Arts & Culture Funding with $20M for Live Music & $5M for Recorded Music Industries

The Canadian Live Music Association (CLMA) has expressed its appreciation to the Government of Canada and Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault for extending Phase 2 support from the COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations to Canada’s for-profit live music stakeholders.  

Minister Guilbeault announced on July 7th the final details regarding Phase 2 of the disbursement of the $500-million fund, announced earlier this year. This final component helps address some of the gaps that have been identified by the industry across Canada since the fund was first implemented. Thus, the second phase provides support to other organizations, some of which do not normally receive funding from Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, Telefilm Canada, or the Canada Media Fund. The goal is still to help maintain jobs and support business continuity for organizations whose viability has been affected.

Phase 2 funding for music includes:

  • $20 million to help presenters in the live music industry (artist managers, booking agents, concert promoters, for-profit festivals and venues, etc.)
  • $5 million for recording studios and other music organizations, such as Canadian-owned record labels, music video producers and music publishers that are not recipients of the Canada Music Fund.

Phase 2 music funding will be delivered through the Canada Music Fund and administered by FACTOR and Musicaction.

As with Phase 1, Phase 2 applicants will be able to apply for the emergency relief, quickly. Types of eligible companies include for-profit venues, festivals, promoters, booking agents and managers as well as non-profit organizations who were otherwise ineligible for Phase 1. Successful applicants will have to meet the eligibility criteria. The minimum contribution will be $5,000.

“This is significant. For the historic recognition the for-profit live music sector is finally receiving from the Federal government (having never been able to access funding in the past), and for the help the financial relief may provide to those who are in urgent need,” says Erin Benjamin, president & CEO of the CLMA. “Unfortunately, we have already lost venues and companies.  But this will make a difference for others, and comes not a moment too soon.”

The CLMA also cautions that while Phase 2 relief will help today, it’s not a long-term solution to the many challenges ahead for the live music industry. It says that sector-specific funding to ensure that shuttered companies and individuals can survive the months ahead will be essential, for themselves, their staff, and for the many artists who depend on live performance to earn a living.

The CLMA says it remains committed to working with government so that, when it’s safe to gather at concerts again, the industry is able to play its part in the recovery and rebuilding of Canada’s economy.

“Our government continues to support cultural, heritage, and sport organizations through the final phase of our COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund. In working with the industry’s feedback, this final phase provides greater access to support for organizations that may not normally receive funding, and organizations that represent a broader diversity of communities. Most importantly, this fund will help to maintain jobs and support business continuity for organizations that have been so greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic," says Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

Full Phase 2 Funding

This final component of Phase 2 of the COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations will be distributed through grants and contributions as follows:

  • $45 million through the Canada Periodical Fund to assist free magazines and weekly newspapers, including those that serve official-language minority or ethnocultural communities;
  • $25 million distributed through partners to assist independent news and community radio broadcasters;
  • $20 million to Musicaction and FACTOR to help presenters in the live music sector;
  • $2.5 million to support producers of content in a language other than English or French through the Canada Media Fund; and
  • $52.1 million to various arts and culture organizations that do not normally receive funding from Canadian Heritage programs and/or did not receive funding during Phase 1. This amount will be provided as follows:
  • $8.2 million for the arts sector;
  • $27.8 million for the audiovisual and digital media sector;
  • $5 million for the music industry;
  • $10 million for the publishing sector; and
  • $1 million for arts and culture organizations that serve official-language communities.

For more information on the breakdown of federal government funding for arts and culture industries through Phases 1 and 2, go HERE.

To read the government's FAQ about the COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations, go HERE.

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Michael Raine is the Senior Editor at Canadian Musician. He is also a co-host of the popular Canadian Musician Radio weekly podcast.
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