City of Vancouver provides $300,000 in funding for music projects by Indigenous and underrepresented communities

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      The City of Vancouver announced today that, in partnership with Creative BC, it is providing $300,000 in funding to support 57 music projects through the second round of the Vancouver Music Fund

      The VMF is the first municipal fund of its kind in North America to provides direct support to Indigenous and underrepresented musicians, artists, and groups.

      "We are thrilled to work with Creative BC to amplify the voices of Indigenous and underrepresented musicians," says City of Vancouver music officer Jarrett Martineau in a press release, "and support the next generation of Vancouver artists and organizations that are shaping our city's remarkable music scene."

      The Vancouver Music Fund will be distributed through three programs. Thirty projects will be funded by the demo-recording program, 17 by the industry-catalyst program, and 10 by the music-video program.

      NADUH, a group made up of five queer women who write, engineer, and produce all their music, is one example of a recipient in the music-video program. The group--which promotes diverse representations of gender fluidity/androgyny, skin colour, and body types--will receive $10,000 to work with Vancouver-based 3D artist Quetzalli Berthelet-Valera on a music video.

      Top recipients of the industry-catalyst program include Urban Ink ($17,240.16), Vines Art Festival ($16,000), and Indian Classical Music Society of Vancouver ($10,000).

      "Creative BC is proud to partner again with the City of Vancouver to support and invest in emerging artists and industry professionals who have historically experienced systemic barriers to funding," adds Creative BC CEO Prem Gill.

      To view the full list of recipients, and to learn more about the Vancouver Music Fund, visit the Creative BC website here.