TORONTO, Jan. 23, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Lisa Raitt,
Minister of Labour and Member of Parliament for Halton and Steven
Fletcher, Minister of State (Transport) and Member of Parliament for
Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia, on behalf of the Honourable James
Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, announced
new investments for the Royal Conservatory of Music's Glenn Gould
School, the National Youth Orchestra Association of Canada, and the
Canadian Opera Company.
"These organizations represent the highest standards in music education
and are dedicated to nurturing their students so they reach their
highest potential," said Minister Fletcher. "Our Government is pleased
to support these schools with a combined investment of over
$3.5 million, which will help provide talented Canadian students with
the skills necessary for success."
All three institutions have impressive reputations within both the
Canadian and international music communities. The Royal Conservatory of
Music is one of the largest and most respected music education
institutions in the world. The National Youth Orchestra Association,
meanwhile, has provided training to emerging Canadian artists for over
50 years and has been twice voted "best youth orchestra in the world"
by the World Youth Orchestra. The Canadian Opera Company is the largest
producer of opera in Canada and one of the largest in North America.
"Our Government recognizes that arts and culture are important
generators of economic growth, jobs and wealth in our communities,"
said Minister Raitt. "By supporting these organizations, we are
investing in Canada's greatest cultural resources—our human capital—by
investing in the training of future generations of Canadian artists
that will make us all proud."
"As one of the largest and most respected music and arts education
institutions in the world, the Royal Conservatory is grateful to the
Government of Canada for its continued investment in our Glenn Gould
School,"' said Dr. Peter Simon, President of the Royal Conservatory.
"'This support contributes to the development of the next generation of
gifted musicians at the Glenn Gould School, supporting the vital role
music plays in our society and strengthening Canada's cultural standing
around the world."
The Government of Canada is providing total funding of $3,650,000 to the
following three music training schools through the Canada Arts Training
Royal Conservatory of Music's Glenn Gould School: $1,750,000 (2013-14)
National Youth Orchestra Association of Canada: $1,600,000 (2013-15)
Canadian Opera Company: $300,000 (2013-14)
The Canada Arts Training Fund contributes to the development of Canadian creators and future cultural
leaders of the Canadian arts sector by supporting the training of
artists with high potential through institutions that offer training of
the highest calibre.
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
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