By Carlos Oen
VANCOUVER – In an effort to support BC´s vibrant music industry, the provincial government has announced $7.5 million in funding to launch Amplify BC. This program is the continuation of BC Music Fund (BCMF), which was launched in February of 2016.
Amplify BC is part of Creative BC, a broad initiative headed by experienced Prem Gill and focused on uniting, supporting, and expanding BC´s motion picture, digital media, book publishing, and music industries.
“With close to 285 music companies, more than 200 festivals, and 160 recording studios, British Columbia is the third largest music production centre in Canada,” says Prem Gill, CEO of Creative BC.
Artists and music companies are encouraged to apply for grants that could cover up to 50 per cent of “eligible expenses.” Four programs cover all areas of the music business.
Career Development is aimed to assist emerging and established BC artists, as well as international musicians coming to record in the province. It covers sound recording, video production, and promotion, such as photo sessions, EPK, radio promotion, merchandise, and websites. The Career Development Program’s budget is $1.8 million.
The Live Music Top-Up Program supports BC-based music festivals, venues, and live producers that are already recipients of funding through the BCMF. Resources can be used to expand the number of artists, thereby increasing the scope of a music event.
Music Industry Initiatives fund events that increase BC´s music industry capacity. Conferences, talent incubators, showcases, and digital platforms are some of the actions that fall under this category. According to the guidelines, “applicants can receive a minimum grant of $2,000 and a maximum grant of $60,000.”
A fourth program, Music Company Development, is to be launched early next August.
Amplify BC may be that additional band member, or business partner, that can make a difference to your music enterprise. Those interested are strongly encouraged to visit their site, for there are multiple deadlines and details in the application process. The province is also offering info sessions an all programs in Vancouver, Victoria, Prince George, and online.
For more information on Amplify BC, visit creativebc.com