City of Vancouver names Jarrett Martineau new cultural planner for music

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      Jarrett Martineau, a scholar and producer in Indigenous art, music, and media, will steer Vancouver’s Music Strategy.

      The City named him its new cultural planner for music. He holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Indigenous Governance from the University of Victoria, and is  cofounder and creative producer of Revolutions Per Minute, a global new music platform, record label, and artist collective for contemporary Indigenous music; and the host and producer of Reclaimed, a weekly series on CBC Music that explores the sounds of the Indigenous Next Wave.  

      The announcement came on the same day as council's approval of a one-time $300,000 infusion "to support the growth the development of the music industry and support Indigenous and underrepresented musicians to create and perform". Grant money is earmarked for the provision of recording, rehearsal, presentation, and housing space, as well as music education for emerging artists and "micro-grants for media publications that will grow and promote the local grassroots music scene".

      The Music Strategy was initiated in 2016 to explore options to better support local musicians in the Vancouver scene.

      It's part of the larger Creative City Strategy, in which the City is resetting cultural priorities across various disciplines. Its stated goals are committing to reconciliation, boosting underrepresented voices, and generally strengthening the city's cultural scene.

      The city is also giving out $1,531,120 in advance grants to 123 organizations, including visual and performing arts, and festivals and artist-run centres.