Music Industry Development Program Accepting Applications

Applications for the newly revised Music Industry Development program are now being accepted, Wellness, Culture and Sport Minister Trevor Holder announced last week.

The program now comprises four components which offer financial support to the New Brunswick music industry.

The four components are:

●    Album Production;
●    Marketing and Promotion;
●    Business and Professional Development for Music Industry Professionals; and
●    Emerging Artist

The Album Production grants provide up to 50 per cent of the cost of producing a new album and the Marketing and Promotion grants help cover the marketing and promotion costs of music albums. The components can be applied for individually or together to be allotted over two years. The maximum yearly grant is $20,000 and the funding will be guaranteed for the two years upon approval. Applications for these two components must be postmarked no later than March 31.

The Business and Professional Development for Music Industry Professionals component provides up to 50 per cent of the costs to attend a music industry related workshop, conference or networking event. The maximum grant for an event held in New Brunswick is $200; the maximum amount for  an event held in Prince Edward Island or Nova Scotia is $500; and for events elsewhere the maximum grant is $1,500. There is no deadline for this component.

The Emerging Artist component provides up to 50 per cent of the costs associated with the production of a professional demo comprising two to three tracks, and its related promotional activities. The maximum grant for this component is $1,200.

Information is available by contacting the officer who manages the program, 506-453-2555; or on the department website under the Cultural Industries sub-heading. Applications submitted must meet the guidelines as indicated on the website.


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