Canadian Heritage Launches Phase 2 Support, For-Profit Live Music Companies Are Eligible

Advocacy Alert:
Heritage Launches Phase 2 Support, For-Profit Live Music Companies Eligible


The Canadian Live Music Association (CLMA) expresses its sincere thanks to the Government of Canada and Heritage Minister Stephen Guilbeault for extending Phase 2 support from the COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund for Cultural, Heritage and Sport Organizations to Canada’s for-profit live music stakeholders.

“This is significant. For the historic recognition the for-profit live music sector is finally receiving from the Federal government (having never been able to access funding in the past), and for the help the financial relief may provide to those who are in urgent need,” said Erin Benjamin, President & CEO of the CLMA. “Unfortunately, we have already lost venues and companies.  But this will make a difference for others, and comes not a moment too soon.”

As with Phase 1, Phase 2 applicants will be able to apply for the emergency relief, quickly. Types of eligible companies include for-profit venues, festivals, promoters, booking agents and managers as well as non-profit organizations who were otherwise ineligible for Phase 1. Successful applicants will have to meet the eligibility criteria. The minimum contribution will be $5,000.

While Phase 2 relief will help today, it’s not a long-term solution to the many challenges ahead for the live music industry. Sector-specific funding to ensure that shuttered companies and individuals can survive the months ahead will be essential, for themselves, their staff and for the many artists who depend on live performance to earn a living.

The CLMA remains committed to working with government so that, when it’s safe to gather at concerts again, the industry is able to play its part – as we are anxious to do – in the recovery and rebuilding of Canada’s economy.

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Phase 2 funding for music includes:

•             $20 million to help presenters in the live music industry (artist managers, booking agents, concert promoters, for-profit festivals and venues, etc.)

•             $5 million for recording studios and other music organizations, such as Canadian-owned record labels, music video producers and music publishers that are not recipients of the Canada Music Fund.

Phase 2 music funding will be delivered through the Canada Music Fund and administered by FACTOR and Musicaction.



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