Michael Coteau

Michael Coteau attends the CFC Annual BBQ Fundraiser during the Toronto International Film Festival at the Canadian Film Centre on Sept. 13, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. 

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All three major labels, Live Nation Ontario Concerts GP, Entertainment One, ole Media Management (formerly Anthem Ent.), Canadian Music Week, NXNE, The Feldman Agency, United Talent Agency (formerly The Agency Group), Arts & Crafts Productions, Blue Ant Music (Polaris Music Prize) and Last Gang Records are among the 151 recipients who will share in the $14M (USD $11M) handout from the government’s Ontario Music Fund (OMF) for 2016.

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“The program requires that applicants contribute a minimum share of the project costs directly or by obtaining other funding,” Nick Brown, senior communications advisor for Michael Coteau, minister for culture tourism and sport, told Billboard in an email.

“In the Music Company Development stream, for example, the OMF provides no more than 50 percent of eligible project costs and requires the applicant to show the other sources of financing. Other streams, such as Music Futures, accept a smaller contribution from the applicants, which are emerging businesses.”

The funding announcement was made by Coteau and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. This is the third round of grants by the OMF, 155 in total for 2015-2016. Many of the recipients have previously received OMF funding, some both years. A few received more than one grant per round.

“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,” Minister Coteau said in a statement. “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.”

The OMF provides grants to music businesses that produce, distribute and promote Ontario-based music and artists.

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, according to the press release put out by the Minister’s office, which adds that $1.6 million people have attended live music events supported by the fund and featuring more than 1,900 Ontario artists.

The release also states that “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 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.”

The grants are divided into categories. Below is a partial list of the recipients. (The full list can be found here.)

Music Company Development - Category A (Domestic Music Companies): Arts & Crafts Productions ($575K), Coalition Music Inc. ($140K), CP Music Group ($275K), Entertainment One Limited, ($150K), Last Gang Records Inc. ($250K), Linus Entertainment Inc. ($230K), MapleCore Ltd (now Cadence Music Group - $200K), ole Media Management ($375K), Paper Bag Records ($160K), Outside Music Inc. ($175K), Six Shooter Records Inc. ($300K), The Anthem Entertainment Group Inc. (now ole Media Management Inc. - $225K).  The list also includes artists, such as The Baroness Inc. (Sarah Slean - $40k), Metric ($130K), Monster Truck ($45K), Royal Wood Music Inc. ($25K) and Silverstein Music Inc. ($35K).

Music Company Development - Category B (Multinational Record Labels): Universal Music Canada Inc. ($900K), Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc. ($500K) and Warner Music Canada Co. ($550K).

Music Futures (Record Labels, Music Managers, Music Publishers and Artist-Entrepreneurs): Indoor Recess Inc. ($30K), Plaid Shirt Music (Peter Katz - $39K), and Real World Artist Nanagement Inc. ($35K).

Music Futures (Music Promoters/Presenters and Booking Agents): Wavelength Music Arts Projects ($37.5K) and Niagara Jazz Festival ($37.5K).

Live Music: Burlington’s Sound of Music Festival Inc.,($125K), Canadian Music Week ($125K), Embrace Entertainment Inc. ($125K), Live Nation Ontario Concerts GP ($125K),  NXNE Inc. ($100K), Ottawa Bluesfest ($200K), The Agency Group Inc. (United Talent Agency - $53K), The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall ($275K) and The Feldman Agency Inc. ($70K).

Music Industry Development: Blue Ant Music Inc. (Polaris Music Prize, $150K), Canadian Independent Music Association ($425K), Canadian Music Week ($210K), Music Canada ($110K) and Music Canada Live ($150K) and another Music Canada Live grant ($75K).