Published Sep 10, 2008Amongst all the Conservatives recent arts cuts, the future has got a bit grim for those Canadian artists wanting to sport their wares on foreign soil. Yet despite musicians now being minus some $20 million in federal funding, XM Satellite Radio has stepped up to deliver a bit of good news. The radio service has partnered up with the CMJ Marathon to offer Canadian artists travel grants of $1,000 to attend this years annual music showcase in New York.
To increase the festivals Canadian content and give homegrown talent a chance to play alongside artists such as Jay Reatard, Deerhoof and Lykke Li, XM will be offering Canadian Artists Travel Grants to 12 select Canadian acts. "CMJ has been instrumental in launching new music for years," said Jeff Leake, director of music programming at XM Canada, in a statement. "With so many Canadian bands performing year after year it just makes sense to offer up these grants. Like everyone else, we want great music to be heard."
To get a shot at one of the grants, artists are asked to send electronic press kits to [email protected] no later than September 26. Selected winners will be notified by October 1.
As previously reported, the future of Canadian bands at the CMJ new music conference is in doubt after the Harper government cancelled the $9-million Trades Routes program, the main financial supporter of Canadian artists at the conference.