Alberta Launches Grant for Local Artists to Perform Paid Livestreams

Alberta Spotlight performers will get $1,000 to perform a three-to-five-song set
Alberta Launches Grant for Local Artists to Perform Paid Livestreams
As a way to help artists survive the going shutdown of the live music industry, the Alberta provincial government has launched a grant program to fund online concerts.

The program is dubbed Alberta Spotlight, and it's put on by the province's government alongside Alberta Music, the National Music Centre, CKUA and Stagehand. Selected local artists will receive a $1,000 grant, which they will put towards producing a three-to-five-song to be hosted at ckua.com/albertaspotlight.

The livestreamed concert series will begin on June 11 at 4:30 p.m. MT with performances from Reuben and the Dark, Nuela Charles, Ariane Mahrÿke Lemire and Tim Williams. Weekly concerts will run through the summer, and applications are open now.

"Music can bring us together as a community and lift our spirits," said Alberta minister Leela Sharon Aheer. "Alberta Spotlight online concerts will certainly bring moments of joy as we relaunch. This is a prime opportunity for us to show our support for rising music stars in our province."

Musicians can apply to perform their own showcase here.

Alberta Spotlight is being paid for by the Government of Alberta's $125,000 fund to support local artists affected by coronavirus lockdowns. Additionally, performers will be able to accept tips, or they can also choose to donate their tips to an Alberta music venue.