2021 Federal Budget Support Announced for Live Music

We commend the Canadian Live Music Association (CLMA), the Government of Canada, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland and Minister of Canadian Heritage Steven Guilbeault for working towards the federal budget announcement, which acknowledges our hardest hit sector by announcing $70M to the Canada Music Fund, with $50M earmarked specifically for live music and live music venues.

Additional highlights from the budget include:

  • $300 million over two years, starting in 2021-22, to Canadian Heritage to establish a Recovery Fund for Heritage, Arts, Culture, Heritage and Sport Sectors.
  • $70 million over three years, starting in 2021-22, to Canadian Heritage for the Canada Music Fund. This includes up to $50 million in 2021-22 to help the live music sector, including music venues, weather the pandemic.
  • $200 million through the regional development agencies to support major festivals
  • $200 million through Canadian Heritage to support local festivals and other events
  • $49.6 million over three years, starting in 2021-22, to Canadian Heritage for the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program ($14 million over two years, starting in 2022-23), the Canada Arts Presentation Fund ($16 million over two years, starting in 2022-23), and the Celebration and Commemoration Program ($19.6 million over three years, starting in 2021-22)
  • Canada Recovery Hiring Program, which will run from June to November and will provide $595 million to make it easier for businesses to hire back laid-off workers or hire new ones
  • Extension of CEWS and CECRA programs until September 2021

View the full 2021 Budget here.

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