Fed­eral gov­ern­ment hands money over to ECMA or­ga­niz­ers

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS - BY LAURA JEAN GRANT lj­grant@cb­post.com

MEM­BER­TOU — Hav­ing just re­turned from a trip to Van­cou­ver, De­fence Min­is­ter Peter MacKay proudly re­layed that of the 65 re­gional houses and pavil­ions at the 2010 Olympics, At­lantic Canada House ranks num­ber three in pop­u­lar­ity.

“ That was in large part be­cause of the mu­si­cal tal­ent that was go­ing to be on dis­play dur­ing the Olympic Games,” he said.

And it’s that same renowned mu­si­cal tal­ent which will ben­e­fit from the $635,000 in fund­ing to the East Coast Mu­sic As­so­ci­a­tion an­nounced Fri­day by MacKay at the Mem­ber­tou Trade and Con­ven­tion Cen­tre. The money is be­ing pro­vided by the At­lantic Canada Op­por­tu­ni­ties Agency, En­ter­prise Cape Bre­ton Corp. and the Depart­ment of Cana­dian Her­itage.

MacKay said the fund­ing will be used in var­i­ous ways by the ECMA to build on the ex­ist­ing wealth of tal­ent in the re­gion.

“ The gov­ern­ment of Canada rec­og­nizes the im­por­tance of the mu­sic sec­tor to At­lantic Canada’s econ­omy and the ex­port po­ten­tial of the re­gion’s per­form­ers,” he said. “ That’s why we sup­port ini­tia­tives like the ECMA that pro­mote At­lantic Canada’s tal­ented per­form­ers both at home and abroad.”

MacKay noted he was par­tic­u­larly happy to be mak­ing the an­nounce­ment on the eve of the East Coast Mu­sic Awards, Fes­ti­val and Con­fer­ence, tak­ing place in Syd­ney, March 4-7.

“Cape Bre­ton is the per­fect place to high­light the re­gion’s vi­brant mu­sic scene,” said MacKay. “I know the streets of Syd­ney will be alive with the sound of mu­sic from March 4-7.”

Su Hutchin­son, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the ECMA, was on hand for the an­nounce­ment Fri­day and said the money will be put to good use, ex­pand­ing the reach of the or­ga­ni­za­tion and the artists it rep­re­sents.

“ECMA mem­bers are amongst the very best cul­tural am­bas­sadors for the At­lantic re­gion and Canada, and with this multi-event sup­port, ECMA will be able to serve, pro­mote and sup­port their es­sen­tial tal­ent,” she said.

Hutchin­son noted the March 7 ECMA awards gala will be seen around the world, in a first-of-its-kind web broad­cast of the event.

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