Vancouver City Council looks into improving conditions for its music community

February 29, 2016


Vancouver indie rock band, The New Pornographers. Credit: Matt Williams.

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.


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About the Author

Matt Williams

Matt Williams is a writer and photographer. Born and raised on the Prairies in Winnipeg, he’s slowly made his way farther and farther east, spending a few years covering music in Toronto before running clear out of country and ending up on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. In between, he’s made numerous detours, interviewing and photographing countless artists across North America and beyond. He heads up Amplify’s Instrumental series, where he talks with musicians about the relationships they’ve formed with their most important tools.

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