Applications now open for $300,000 Vancouver Music Fund

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The City of Vancouver and Creative BC are teaming up again to provide $300,000 in grant money to support local music and musicians

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Vancouver Music Fund Info Sessions

When: March 23, 6 p.m.; April 1, 10 a.m.; April 8, 6 p.m.; April 21, 6:30 p.m. Facebook Live events: March 26, noon; April 14, 4 p.m.

Where: creativebc.com

Can’t Kill Me is the title of a hard-hitting jam coming from a collaboration between Squamish Nation hip-hop artist Lady Sinncere and producer DJ A-Slam. The song, in honour of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, features a locally shot video with additional guests Christie Lee and Global Party Starters.

The track was made possible in part by funding from the 2019 Vancouver Music Fund.

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In 2019, the $300,000 grant to support music and musicians working and living in Vancouver was awarded to 59 projects and artists. It is the product of a partnership between the City of Vancouver and Creative B.C. to fund projects that serve artists from underrepresented populations who experience barriers to funding.

“It’s great to see the City of Vancouver funding music that has been chronically underfunded across Canada, in this case, a hip-hop song performed by a Indigenous-female artist,” said Hussein Alidina, a.k.a. DJ A-SLAM, a Vancouver Music Fund grant recipient.

“The Vancouver Music Fund played an essential role in bringing the Can’t Kill Me project together. The funding allowed us to create a powerful anthem about Indigenous resistance, cultural resilience, and survival.”

The first municipal fund of its kind in North America, its target groups include Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh and other Indigenous peoples, black and other people of colour, persons with disabilities, minority language speakers, cultural communities and refugees, as well as the LGBTQ2+ community.

Applications are now open for the next round of funding, including its demo, music video and Industry Catalyst programs. They can be made at creativebc.com. As opposed to the usual matching funds arrangements with many artistic grants, applicants can apply for a grant of up to 100% of costs.

CBC broadcaster Jarrett Martineau is the City of Vancouver Music Officer. He said he is pleased to see the fund coming back for a second round.

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Jarrett Martineau is the City of Vancouver Music Officer, CBC Reclaimed host and record label owner/operator. (Jarrett Martineau)
Jarrett Martineau is the City of Vancouver Music Officer, CBC Reclaimed host and record label owner/operator. (Jarrett Martineau) Photo by Jalani Morgan /PNG

“There was a contingency from an innovation fund that the city set aside, which we used to develop this dedicated music fund in 2019,” said Martineau. “While the aim was always to try to serve under-served or under-represented populations, events over the past few years has really enabled a clearly articulated push for both renewal of the program and its goals. Coming when the music sector is so devastated after the pandemic, is really great as well, particularly with full funding again.”

Martineau stresses that the fund is designed to fill in the gaps and will not impede any access to other existing grants and funding programs. Recognizing the way that music is made these days, collaboration is encouraged and it is permitted for artists and producers located in different places to be eligible as long as one is a resident of Vancouver.

“It’s been very well taken up by the community and the fact that Lady Sinncere and A-Slam are now involved in an ongoing creative relationship is amazing,” he said. “The most gratifying thing to me is all the amazing stuff that has been made possible by the program.”

Another benefit of the Vancouver Music Fund is that it contributes to reflecting the scope and depth of variety in the local music scene, which is home to an incredible variety of very talented artists.

Deadlines for applications is April 28.

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