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First time $300,000 Vancouver Music Fund to elevate Indigenous and underrepresented voices

Intake for three new music programs in partnership with Creative BC now open

Recognizing the extraordinary local talent, the City of Vancouver is thrilled to provide this unique opportunity to artists who continue to experience various barriers to access, and build on the successes of existing initiatives.

Sandra Singh, General Manager of Arts, Culture, and Community Services

June 13 2019 –

A first for the City: dedicated music funding aimed at boosting growth in the music sector, while reflecting Vancouver's commitment to equity, diversity, and Reconciliation, and in alignment with the early findings of the Vancouver Music Strategy.

The City of Vancouver and Creative BC are proud to partner on three new music grant programs to support Indigenous and underrepresented artists and organizations within the City of Vancouver and the unceded traditional homelands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. These programs will be funded by the City’s $300,000 Vancouver Music Fund, approved by Council in January (119 KB), and administered by Creative BC. In addition to these programs, Creative BC will leverage their existing music support programs for overall investment in Vancouver artists, programs, and initiatives.

Eligibility

The City of Vancouver funding for the one-time Creative BC programs will support new and emerging artists and industry professionals who experience systemic barriers to funding. Eligible groups may include those who identify as: Musqueam, Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and other Indigenous peoples; people of colour; people who live with disabilities; minority language speakers, cultural communities, and refugees; and, Trans, gender diverse, Two-Spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer people.

“Vancouver’s remarkable music scene contributes to the city’s vibrancy and livability, and plays an important role in the economy of Vancouver’s creative sector,” said Sandra Singh, General Manager of Arts, Culture and Community Services for the City of Vancouver and Chair of the Music Steering Committee. 

Three grant streams

The City’s Vancouver Music Fund includes three grant streams in partnership with Creative BC:

  • Demo Program: Supporting new and emerging artists from underrepresented groups to create demo recordings and engage in mentorship and skill development with a BC producer. 
  • Music Video Program: Supporting the creation of music videos for new and emerging artists from underrepresented groups to build audiences. 
  • Industry Catalyst Program: Supporting projects that develop Vancouver’s music ecosystem and build the capacity of underrepresented groups. Individuals and collectives can apply, in addition to companies and organizations.  

Applications for these programs open June 13.  Applicants may apply to Creative BC for a grant of up to 100% of budgeted eligible expenditures, removing the usual requirement for matching funding, a barrier for many underrepresented groups. The deadline for applications for all three programs is July 24, 2019.

Learn more and apply

“This partnership with the City of Vancouver creates more pathways for uncovering amazing talent, launching careers and engaging with the broader music industry,” said Prem Gill, CEO of Creative BC. “We are proud to be stewards of these programs creating space for new voices and innovative projects.”

Information sessions

Information sessions on these funding opportunities will be held on Monday, June 17, at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre, in partnership with the First Peoples’ Cultural Council, and on Tuesday, June 25, at Creative BC. The First Peoples’ Cultural Council will promote the City of Vancouver funding opportunities alongside existing programs to support Indigenous artists and industry professionals.

Visit the Creative BC website to register for information sessions.

“We are tremendously excited to support this new music funding,” said Sarah Pocklington, Arts Manager at First Peoples’ Cultural Council. “We anticipate it will have a profound impact on the careers of Indigenous artists who have not previously been able to access funding to support their aspirations.”

Community Conversation Series event

As part of the ongoing development of Vancouver’s Music Strategy, the City will host its second, free Community Conversation Series event at The Pace (520 Alexander St) on June 26, where the public can learn more about the main themes of the strategy and share their opinions to help shape the future of music in Vancouver. The final Vancouver Music Strategy will be delivered to Council in September 2019.

Learn more and register