The Ontario Music Fund is now up and running. The fund is a $45 million government grant program approved by the Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport that will be administered by the new Ontario Music Office during the next three years. Its four grant programs are Music Company Development, Music Industry Development, Music Futures and Live Music. Deadlines and funding criteria are posted under the music section of the Ontario Media Development Corp. website. The OMO operates out of the OMDC building. According to Statistics Canada, Ontario’s music production sector is responsible for more than 80% of total national revenue, which in 2011 generated more than $429 million. The OMF will provide financial support through four program streams to music companies (labels, publishers, managers, entrepreneurs, promoters, presenters and booking agents), as well as music industry trade, service, event and training organizations. The OMF hopes to support and create jobs and position the province as a leading destination to record and perform.
Morrissey’s memoir will soon arrive in the United States, following an announcement by Penguin Random House that “Autobiography” has been acquired jointly by three of its imprints. G.P. Putnam’s Sons will publish the hardcover book on Dec. 3, while Penguin Classics will handle the paperback edition at a date to be determined. The book is a No. 1 best seller in England, though British reviewers have been divided over the former Smiths frontman’s tome.
Singer/songwriter/producer Aquile has signed a co-publishing deal with Fieldhouse. The soul-pop artist first stepped into the spotlight while competing on the third season of “The Voice,” where his performance captured the interest of three judges before he joined Christina Aguilera’s team. Since his participation last fall, Aquile released debut single “Control,” and in the next few months will embark on a 25-city tour to promote his upcoming album.
Universal Music Group and Frank Sinatra Enterprises have announced a joint licensing agreement that will allow two previously separated arcs of the singer’s career to be represented together: his ’60s work with Reprise, owned by FSE, and his ’50s work with Capitol, which UMG now wholly owns. Frank Sinatra Enterprises oversees the artist’s recordings for Reprise as well as films, TV and other content and is managed by the Sinatra family alongside Warner Music Group.