© Guardian photo by Doug Gallant
Singer-songwriter Catherine MacLellan performs on the Roots Room stage with guitarist Chris Gauthier at the East Coast Music Awards in Moncton in 2012. The music week is coming back to Charlottetown in April.
The East Coast Music Association is gearing up for its annual awards and conference week on a high note.
Today the federal and provincial governments committing funding for East Coast Music Week, to the tune of $516,000.
The Atlantic Canadian music celebration, which will take place this year in Charlottetown from April 2 to 6, has become internationally recognized over its 26-year history.
The Government of Canada, through the International Business Development Agreement (IBDA), will contribute $100,000 to support the ECMAs with the International Export Buyers Program. This opportunity has become one of the leading forums for international business development in the Atlantic Canadian music industry.
Through ACOA’s Business Development Program, the Government of Canada will also contribute $100,000 to the ECMA to support marketing efforts to promote this premier event.
The Government of Prince Edward Island will contribute $250,000 through P.E.I. 2014 Inc. and $66,000 from the Department of Innovation and Advanced Learning.
“Our region has always embraced and celebrated our music and its close connection with our culture," said ACOA Minister Rob Moore in a news release Tuesday. "East Coast Music Week provides a great platform to showcase our talents nationally and internationally."
P.E.I. Tourism Minister Robert Henderson said, “East Coast Music Week not only showcases the tremendous talent that calls this region home, but it also showcases the region itself and brings thousands of musicians, industry representatives and fans to our province.
"So from tourism, cultural and economic perspectives it is a fantastic event that we are proud to support.”
Now in its 13th year, the conference and Export Buyers Program provides an environment for artists and industry professionals to showcase, learn and network with international booking agents, presenters, festival representatives, promoters, film and music placement supervisors, digital experts and media.
“The support of ACOA enables the East Coast Music Association to continue to offer high-level, business-to-business development activities to our members and the Atlantic Canadian music industry," said Andria Wilson, ECMA interim executive director. "With the business component of our industry integral to the development and success of our artists, we curate a conference that provides a current and diverse platform for learning and industry navigation. ”
The City of Charlottetown is also contributing to the 2014 event with $75,000 in funding partially covered through the tourism accomodation levy
“The East Coast Music Week event is one that is well-suited for the City of Charlottetown. Our location generously accommodates one large block party to celebrate east coast music in fine style, and we are ready to proudly display our hospitality, once again," said Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee.