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  • April 21, 2016

Ontario Investing in York Region Music Sector

Support Helping Local Music Industry to Grow and Thrive

Premier Kathleen Wynne and Minister Michael Coteau announced that Ontario is supporting a healthy, vibrant and competitive music industry by awarding two grants to music organizations in York Region through the Ontario Music Fund (OMF).

Organizations receiving support include:

UMA Foundation (Markham) -Live Music Grant of $90,000.00

Northstarr Entertainment Inc. (Vaughan).-Music Futures Grant of $37,500.00

This year, the province is providing 155 grants to 151 recipients, totalling $14 million across Ontario. The OMF provides grants to music businesses that produce, distribute and promote Ontario-based music and artists. This support spans all segments of Ontario’s music industry and helps the sector to innovate, create jobs and increase the production and performance of music across the province.

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.


“By supporting the music industry through the Ontario Music Fund, our government continues to build Ontario up by investing in people whose talents and skills will increase the production and performance of the music sector across York Region and beyond, creating jobs and driving tourism.”

-Steven Del Duca, M.P.P., Vaughan

“Investments from our government’s Ontario Music Fund have helped drive music industry successes and spin-off benefits that boost our economy, create jobs, and draw tourists.  Supporting home-grown talent across our music sector enhances the dynamic cultural life we enjoy in the province and strengthens our position as a global music leader.”

- Michael Chan, M.P.P., Markham-Unionville

“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. 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.”

- Michael Coteau, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

“Ontario’s creative industries contribute billions of dollars to our economy and support over 200,000 jobs. 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.”

- Mark Sakamoto, Chair, Ontario Media Development Corporation


  • The OMF, which was initially introduced as a three-year program, was made permanent in the 2015 Ontario Budget.
  • The 2016–17 funding cycle includes refinements to increase the province’s return on investment, stimulate new business activity for the industry, and increase outreach to encourage further participation from Indigenous, Franco-Ontarian and diverse communities.
  • Application deadlines and details are available at:
  • Artists supported by the Ontario Music Fund have sold almost four million recordings domestically and a further five million internationally, helping their music reach Canadian and global audiences. 
  • Ontario’s music recording and publishing sector generates more than $429 million in revenues, accounting for almost 82 per cent of Canada’s total revenues in this sector.


List of recipients

Ontario Music Fund Success Stories

For more information, please contact:

Office of Steven Del Duca, M.P.P., Vaughan                   905-893-4428


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