Did you notice the extra money for the music industry in yesterday’s federal budget?

With a federal election scheduled for October 21, the Liberals needed to table a budget that offered something for everyone. That included the music industry.

The budget that dropped yesterday includes $60 million for music programs that help marketing of talent, music festivals, and tour support. The money will be doled out over the next two years.

To be specific:

The industry is understandably very happy with this budget. And while some may grouse at taxpayer money going to such programs, support like this will ensure Canada will continue to be a global music powerhouse. Ever dollar invested results in returns many times that.

Seems like a good deal, innit?

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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