Creating Jobs and Growth in Ontario’s Music Sector
Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the 2016 grant recipients today at the Rivoli, a concert venue in Toronto, alongside representatives from the Toronto Urban Roots Fest, one of the organizations the program is supporting this year. The OMF provides grants to music businesses that produce, distribute and promote Ontario-based music and artists. This support spans all segments of Ontario's music industry and helps the sector to innovate, create jobs and increase the production and performance of music across the province.
Since its creation in 2013, the OMF has supported 244 applications from 220 companies, which has resulted in 1,274 full-time equivalent positions for Ontario's music industry. These investments have helped to position Ontario as a leading destination for live music and music tourism while helping the industry become even more competitive internationally. In the past two years, over 1.6 million people have attended live music events supported by the fund, featuring performances by more than 1,900 Ontario artists.
Investing in a vibrant music industry is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes investing in talent and skills, including helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history and investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.
- The OMF, which was initially introduced as a three-year program, was made permanent in the 2015 Ontario Budget.
- The 2016–17 funding cycle includes refinements to increase the province’s return on investment, stimulate new business activity for the industry, and increase outreach to encourage further participation from Indigenous, Franco-Ontarian and diverse communities.
- Artists supported by the OMF have sold almost four million recordings domestically and five million internationally, helping local music reach Canadian and global audiences.
- Ontario’s music recording and publishing sector generates more than $429 million in revenues, accounting for almost 82 per cent of Canada’s total revenues in this sector.
“Ontario is home to the largest music industry in Canada and one of the most diverse anywhere in the world. Through the Ontario Music Fund, our government is supporting a dynamic and important cultural sector, helping to create good jobs here in Ontario while exporting our sound to the world.”
“By investing in the music industry through the Ontario Music Fund, our government has ensured that Ontario continues to be the best place in Canada for recording and performing music. I’m proud that through this newly permanent fund, our government will continue to create opportunities that showcase our talented artists and producers, and attract visitors from around the world.”
“Ontario’s creative industries contribute billions of dollars to our economy and support over 200,000 jobs. The Ontario Music Fund is helping us to build an even stronger music industry in the province and to ensure that our music continues to reach global audiences.”