Why the Ontario Music Fund is in need of a tuning
As the Canadian cultural sector faces new challenges and opportunities in the digital age, there is unquestionably an important role for government support. Yet the secrecy associated with the Ontario Music Fund and the results to date provide a cautionary tale on the need for greater transparency, oversight, and accountability in public funding programs.
Earlier this month, the British Columbia government unveiled a new $15-million dollar music fund to support the local music industry. The fund matches a similar Ontario initiative that has doled out nearly $30-million over the past two years with a commitment from Premier Kathleen Wynne to make the Ontario Music Fund a permanent program to support the industry.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright