TORONTO, Jan. 11, 2013 /CNW/ - Music Canada congratulates Mayor Rob Ford
and the Executive Committee Members for their forward-thinking decision
to approve a multi-year funding strategy which will increase the per
capita funding of arts and culture; prioritize key initiatives
including support for Toronto's music cluster; and implement the Creative Capital Gains Report.
"This decision will lead to a stronger economic future for the City of
Toronto," says Graham Henderson, President of Music Canada. "It is through the leadership of Mayor Rob Ford, Councillor Gary
Crawford who framed the motion, as well as all members, past and
present, of the Executive and Economic Development Committees, that we
will succeed in leveraging Toronto's vibrant music cluster in order to
stimulate employment, develop Toronto's international brand as a music
city, and attract further investment. We have developed a music
strategy where everybody wins and are thrilled to have overwhelming
support at City Hall."
Among the recommendations in the Creative Capital Gains report was to develop a strategy to promote and foster Toronto's music cluster. In February 2012 Music Canada presented research to support this
initiative to the Economic Development Committee which passed a motion
instructing staff to work with Music Canada and other music industry
representatives to develop a plan.
"The progress made today would not have been possible without the
enlightened decision-making by Economic Development Committee Chair
Michael Thompson and Councillors Josh Colle and Shelley Carroll, as
well as the bold initiative taken by Councillor Mike Layton who seized
on the music opportunity created by the Creative Capital Gains report.
This is an exciting step forward and we look forward to the support of
City Council next week," says Henderson.
Music Canada is a non-profit trade organization that represents the
major record companies in Canada, namely Sony Music Entertainment
Canada, Universal Music Canada and Warner Music Canada. Music Canada
also works with some of the leading independent record labels and
distributors, recording studios, live music venues, concert promoters,
managers and artists in the promotion and development of the music
SOURCE: Music Canada
For further information:
Amy Terrill - Vice President Public Affairs, Music Canada