CBC Radio increases its support for Canadian composers

    TORONTO, July 14 /CNW/ - CBC Radio is building on its legacy of
commissioning original works from some of Canada's most talented musicians and
orchestras with today's announcement of a $50,000 increase in its commissions
budget, bringing 2008's allocation up to $170,000 in total.
    "We are excited to be putting more money towards the creation of original
compositions from some of Canada's most talented musicians. These funds will
allow us to work with artists and orchestras throughout the country in
creating original and engaging pieces of music for Canadian's to enjoy," said
Mark Steinmetz, Director of Music for CBC Radio.
    "It's crucial for us that the National Broadcaster not only reflect, but
contribute to, the cultural landscape of this country. By increasing our
available budget for commissions we will be giving even more Canadian
composers a voice and a venue to explore their craft." Steinmetz also noted
that CBC Radio has almost doubled its budget for commissions over the last 5
    CBC Radio has been commissioning original works from Canadian composers
for almost 70 years.
    Since 1939 more than 1,000 original works of music have been commissioned
by the national broadcaster, including classical music, light classical and
11 full-length musicals.
    Original works commissioned by the CBC include: Patrick Carrabre's Inuit
Games (composed for throat singers), Stan Rogers' musical So Hard to Be So
Strong and the first Canadian Commission by the CBC entitled Transit Through
Fire by Healy Willan.
    Interested composers can find more information about the commissioning
process as well as how to submit their ideas by visiting


    CBC Radio 2 is Canada's national music network. The network's mandate is
to bring together the musical diversity that makes up Canada and is the only
radio station in Canada that exceeds mandated Canadian content requirements
because we think they're too LOW.
    CBC radio 2 brings you live concerts every night of the week and makes
sure you can listen to those concerts any time you like using our concerts on
demand feature: www.cbc.ca/radio2/cod.

For further information:

For further information: Chris Ball, Media Relations, English
Communications, CBC/Radio-Canada, P: (416) 205-7831, e: chris.ball@cbc.ca

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