Amplify BC awards $1.27-million in funding to over 100 B.C. bands and musicians

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      The B.C. government has announced the recipients of the province's music fund, Amplify BC, which is administered by Creative BC.

      "Music has provided us comfort during this pandemic and the people behind the industry need our support now to come back strong in the future," says Melanie Mark, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport, in a news release. "We're proud to help B.C. artists grow their careers so they can keep sharing their talent and inspiring people both here and around the world."
      According to the province, 113 emerging and established bands and musicians have received $1.27 million through Amplify BC, which they can use to record, make music videos, or market their music. 
      The four biggest recipients of funding were Victoria's Bedouin Soundclash and Felix Cartal, Nanaimo's Merkules, and Vernon's Son Real, all of which received $30,000. Grants of $25,000 were awarded to Victoria's Art d'Ecco, Rare Americans, and Loving, Kamloops' Madison Olds, and Vancouver's Said the Whale and Manila Grey. Other top recipients included Victoria's Neon Steve ($26,000) and North Vancouver's Colin James ($22,000).
      You can view the full list of recipients here.
      "I worked directly with the music industry last spring to help tailor Amplify BC to meet its immediate needs and address the challenges from the pandemic," says parliamentary secretary for arts and culture Bob D'Eith in the news release. "Making sure we continue to support and develop the next generation of musicians was a priority. I'm so proud to help these musicians build their careers."
      The grants are part of the B.C. government's $7.5- million investment in Amplify BC, announced last June, "to stabilize, support, and sustain B.C.’s music industry during the pandemic."