“Our government understands that the music industry is vital to the province’s economic prosperity and a huge part of our cultural landscape and identity,” Ontario’s Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Daiene Vernile said in a statement.
The funding categories are broken down into five categories: Music Company Development – Category A (Domestic Music Companies); Music Company Development – Category B (Multinational Record Labels); Music Futures (Record Labels, Music Managers, Music Publishers and Artist Entrepreneurs); Music Futures (Music Promoters/Presenters and Booking Agents); Live Music; and Music Industry Development.
The three major labels are being granted the most money, with Universal Music Canada getting the biggest haul of $800,000, while Warner Music Canada is granted $550,000 and Sony Music Canada is getting $400,000.
A number of individually incorporated artists received grants, including Arkells ($40,000), A Tribe Called Red ($70,000), City & Colour ($50,000); Cowboy Junkies ($55,000), Danko Jones ($35,000), Dragonette ($40,000), Good Lovies ($40,000), Metric ($50,000), PARTYNEXTDOOR ($20,000), PUP ($60,000), Royal Wood ($40,000), Serena Ryder ($50,000), Andy Shauf ($25,000), and more.
Among the indie labels, Arts & Crafts ($470,000), Dine Alone Music ($470,000), eOne Music Canada ($140,000), Last Gang Records ($240,000), Linus Entertainment ($270,000), Royal Mountain Records ($140,000), Six Shooter Records ($380,000), Sonic Unyon Records ($150,000), and others received grants.
The Ontario Music Fund is administered by the Ontario Music Office (OMO), is its purpose is to strengthen and stimulate economic growth in Ontario music sector. The fund is designed to drive activity and investment and to support Ontario’s music companies and organizations in expanding their economic and cultural footprints within Canada and globally.
To see the full list of 2018 OMF recipients, CLICK HERE.