Published May 01, 2018Now in its fifth year of operation, the Ontario Music Fund has released its annual list of grant recipients, issuing more than 200 grants for a total of $14 million in funding.
Major labels Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc., Universal Music Canada Inc. and Warner Music Canada Co. collectively received $1.75 million of the funding. Universal received $800,000, while Sony and Warner received $400,000 and $550,000, respectively.
Indie labels such as Arts & Crafts and Six Shooter Records were given $470,000 and $380,000, respectively; Black Box Recordings $225,000; eOne Music Canada $140,000; Linus Entertainment $270,000; Last Gang Records $240,000; Royal Mountain Records $140,000; and Cadence Music Group $240,000.
Live Nation Ontario Concerts and Riverfest Elora were both awarded $150,000, while Burlington's Sound of Music Festival Society received $130,000, and the Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall got $150,000.
Individual artists such as Metric, A Tribe Called Red, Arkells, Born Ruffians, dvsn, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Tanika Charles, Jeremy Dutcher, Good Lovelies, Cowboy Junkies, Danko Jones, Dragonette, Metric, City and Colour, Silverstein, the Strumbellas, Zeds Dead, and more also received varying amounts.
"Our government understands that the music industry is vital to the province's economic prosperity and a huge part of our cultural landscape and identity," Ontario's Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Daiene Vernile wrote in a statement.
The Ontario Music Fund is "aimed at strengthening and stimulating growth in Ontario's music companies and supporting this growing sector" through four music grant programs: Music Company Development, Music Industry Development, Music Futures and Live Music.
You can find the complete list of successful applicants here.