The Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA) and MusicOntario have jointly filed a pre-budget submission to Ontario’s Minister of Finance, Charles Sousa, offering recommendations that can enhance all parties concerned.
Among the suggestions:
Strengthening the Ontario Music Fund by lowering the maximum funding limit for the Company Development Streams (A and B) to $750,000 per company from its current level of $1.5 million per. Arguing its case, the orgs assert that “given the competitive nature of the fund, we believe that this will allow more money to be circulated through the funding system and potentially allow for more recipients to receive funding for projects in the first place.”
Investing in music education should be a key priority for Ontario’s government. Quoting the document: “The positive benefits of music education – both for individuals and society – have been well-documented, and we believe that this is vital to allowing Ontario to unlock its creative potential in the digital economy.”
Also stated: “We believe that there is an important link between business tourism and music that has yet to be exploited. Specifically, CIMA recommends that convention centres be leveraged to provide visiting business tourists with information about local entertainment options, including local venues, performance spaces, festivals, etc. Conceptually, it’s useful to visualize these convention centres operating as a sort of ‘turnkey operation’ where they are provided the necessary information and resources to link together these conference operators with local entertainment options, even perhaps securing entertainment for the conference.