On June 26, Ottawa’s City Council approved a $25,000 Ottawa Music Development Fund. The fund, which will be launched this summer, will provide “support for the creation and expansion of projects that strengthen the music industry and ecosystem.”
The money is part of a three-year, $300,000 “music strategy” endorsed by city council last year. The plan is designed to cut red tape and fund advocacy groups in an effort to better promote local artists and the businesses that cater to them.
Council also agreed to provide $10,000 in funding to create an Ottawa-Gatineau Music Awards and Hall of Fame, with winners expected to be announced in December. The awards will be organized by Canadian Live Music Association member Ottawa Music Industry Coalition.