February 29, 2016
Hot on the heels of BC Premier Christy Clark announcing the province’s creation of a music fund, starting with a $15 million dollar grant, the Vancouver City Council is aiming to hopefully make the city a little friendlier to musicians and music lovers. Presumably it’s all in an attempt to finally get this guy to come around:
Councillor Heather Deal raised the motion—”to explore options for increasing city support for music and musicians”—and it was referred to the City’s Standing Committee on Policy and Strategic Priorities. To improve life for musicians and music fans in Vancouver, the motion proposes that city staff explore a number of options including getting rid of unnecessary processes and regulations hindering music production and performance, advocating for and supporting music education, and exploring alliances with other cities that have strong music communities (similar to Toronto’s alliance with Austin, TX).
While there are obvious cultural benefits to improving conditions for Vancouver’s music community, Music Canada’s Graham Henderson also spoke earlier this month about the role of cities in developing music scenes, presenting reports (The Mastering of a Music City and BC’s Music Sector – From Adversity to Opportunity) that point out the fact it also helps with, “economic diversification, the attraction and retention of talent in other industries, and music tourism.”
Similar reports have been published in other provinces, including one from the Alberta Music Cities Initiative (AMCI) founded by Alberta Music, the National Music Centre, Music Canada and the Scotlyn Foundation. You can check out more information about this report here.
In Other News:
- The Osheaga lineup is here now. They got Radiohead!
- Get nostalgic with Carly Rae Jepsen’s Fuller House theme song.
- Ottawa’s RBC Bluesfest announces its first batch of performers.
- Toronto’s Idée Fixe label recently celebrated its fifth anniversary.
- Kanye West had some choice words for famous Canadian producer Bob Ezrin.
- Check out Levitation Vancouver’s 2016 lineup.