Bringing B.C. music to people while we all stay safe at home
April 11, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

VICTORIA – People will now be able to enjoy more music at home as the Province and Creative BC support musicians impacted by the pandemic with new grants for livestreaming.

“Music has the power to lift us up and give us hope in times of crisis,” said Lisa Beare, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture. “B.C.’s music industry responded swiftly by embracing  opportunities to livestream and bring people together online. Today, we’re stepping up to support their efforts.”

As a first step to support the music industry, the B.C. government is partnering with Creative BC to launch Showcase BC. This new online hub brings a variety of B.C. live performances, entertainment and content to people’s homes so they can stay connected while staying home.

To help B.C. musicians take part in Showcase BC, Creative BC has also opened a new Showcase BC music funding stream. This new program will provide one-time micro-grants of $500 to emerging artists and $2,000 to established artists for livestreaming, song-writing and professional development. Creative BC will offer grants to all previously eligible Amplify BC applicants.

Next week, the Province will host a free livestream concert featuring musicians from across B.C. British Columbians can access all the grant performances for free through the website or by following the hashtag #ShowcaseBC.

Quotes:

Bob D’Eith, MLA for Maple Ridge-Mission -
"What I've heard from people in the music industry is that live music venue closures have had a profound and immediate impact on their ability to make a living. I am thrilled that these supports will not only help musicians but will also bring music and joy to people's homes until we can all attend concerts in our communities again."

Prem Gill, CEO of Creative BC -
“This program is designed as a quick response by Creative BC to the immediate needs of artists across the province’s music industry. It helps them create, stream and generate revenue, with Showcase BC bringing all of that dynamic content direct to our homes while we do our part to stay home, stay safe, and stay connected.”

Dan Mangan, musician and creator of Side Door -
“I think most musicians are doing what they can to lift peoples’ spirits right now. I’ve been playing interactive online shows each Saturday via Side Door. Getting access to funding to keep the artistic community afloat makes all the difference to me and my peers.”

Learn More:
Watch livestreaming content from B.C. artists or by following the hashtag #ShowcaseBC: https://showcasebc.ca/

For the latest medical updates, including case counts, prevention, risks and testing, visit:  http://www.bccdc.ca/ Or follow @CDCofBC

For provincial health officer orders, notices and guidance, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/phoguidance

For non-health related information, including financial, child care and education supports, travel, transportation and essential service information, visit: www.gov.bc.ca/Covid-19

Or call 1 888 COVID19 (1 888 268-4319) between 7:30 a.m. and 8 p.m., seven days a week.
 

Contact:
For non-medical information relating to COVID-19:
Call 1 888 COVID-19 (1 888 268-4319)
Service is available 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Pacific time)

Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture
Media Relations
Government Communications and Public Engagement
250 208-4309

Karin Watson
Creative BC
media@creativebc.com
604 730-2250

Joint Information Centre
COVID Provincial Coordination Plan
embc.covidjic@gov.bc.ca
236 478-1336

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