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Music week's export buyers' program, marketing activities receiving $100,000 each

The East Coast Music Association (ECMA) is celebrating the 25th anniversary of East Coast Music Week, held this year in Halifax from March 6-10.

Atlantic Canadian professional musicians will have the chance to showcase their talents and to develop new, strategic business alliances with international industry during the 2013 Eastlink East Coast Music Week, thanks to support from the Government of Canada and the four Atlantic provincial governments.

The East Coast Music Association (ECMA) is celebrating the 25th anniversary of East Coast Music Week, held this year in Halifax from March 6-10.

Federal and provincial funding of $100,000 through the Canada-Atlantic Provinces Agreement on International Business Development will support the ECMA’s International Export Buyers Program.

The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) is also contributing $100,000 to the East Coast Music Association through its Business Development Program to assist with marketing activities and an economic impact study.

“The Government of Canada is proud to support the East Coast Music Association and our Atlantic artists and industry professionals,” said ACOA Minister Gail Shea in a news release. “We recognize the importance of the music sector to Atlantic Canada’s economy and the export potential of the region’s performers, and this event provides a stage like no other to showcase Atlantic Canada’s talent.”

The main goal of the ECMA's International Export Buyers Program is to create export and business opportunities in new markets—at home and abroad— for Atlantic Canadian performers, publishers and managers in the music industry. The program provides export training and matchmaking opportunities that provide increased cultural awareness and market intelligence.

“East Coast Music Week is an opportunity for Atlantic Canadians to celebrate local artists and music executives who continue to make a sizable impact in the music industry across North America,” said Minister of Innovation and Advanced Learning Allen Roach. “The East Coast Music Association plays a major role in supporting and accelerating the music industry in our region and we are pleased to support the Association’s efforts.”

The ECMA is a non-profit association. Its celebration of Atlantic Canadian music has grown from a one-day event to a five-day international conference. It was hosted in Halifax for the first five years and has grown to include venue locations rotating throughout all four Atlantic provinces.

“The support we have received from the federal and provincial governments is critical to helping us to foster, develop, promote and celebrate our artists and music locally and globally,” said ECMA executive director Scott Burke. “With this funding, we have created an event that promotes our region's great musical wealth among industry leaders who can, in turn, open doors for our artists in new markets, while also generating revenue for the local economy.”

Organizations: The East Coast Music Association, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Geographic location: Atlantic Canada, Halifax, North America

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  • Bill Kays
    Bill Kays
    March 05, 2013 - 15:05

    Remember, government is in the entertainment business. It's just another thing they are not very good at doing. They use the entertainment industry to distract us from their misdeeds, poor performance or total lack of performance. Did they ask my grandchildren for permission to spendmy grandchildren's money? Are they unaware that we are broke (the province is bankrupt)? Because it will take my grandchildren's grandchildren to pay off this crap. I am sick and tired of this governments disregard for the common person. When is this indiscriminate spending going to stop? Can we at least stop spending what we do not have now?Can we start paying down our debt? My new born grand daughters share of the fed and provincial debt is $37,000. When is this insanity going to stop?

  • Music Matters
    March 05, 2013 - 14:45

    JRSPLACE You have no idea what you're talking about. Without music the world would be a pretty boring place! Lighten up.

    • SAP
      March 05, 2013 - 17:32

      I agree 100%, but that doesn't mean it is something else the government should spend taxpayers money on, for those who are deemed worthy.

  • That Guy From PEI
    March 05, 2013 - 13:56

    @JRSPLACE You're obviously not a musician...or a wanna be musician. But no fear, a 100,000 dollars between 4 provinces and the federal government is NOTHING!! As a musician, I feel insulted given all of the other things Gov's spend money on...a lot more money on. So I guess the next time you need musicians to help with your benefits and fundraisers....you can call on your dentist or Doctor....cause I'm sure they'll work for free! And the 1960's called...they want your 'hippie' terminology back....

  • Economic study patronage handout
    March 05, 2013 - 13:24

    Economic study is government speak for a handout to politically connect accounting firms to do yet another high priced navel gazing study. funny eh?

  • JRSPLACE
    March 05, 2013 - 13:20

    Waste of money. Worse things to spend money on than a bunch of hippies who think they have musical talent!