Government investments support ECMA event

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CHARLOTTETOWN - The East Coast Music Association (ECMA) has announced the 2014 ECMA nominees, showcasing artists and other programming information.


The Atlantic Canadian music celebration, which will take place in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, from April 2 to 6, 2014, has become internationally recognized over its 26-year history.

The federal government, through the International Business Development Agreement (IBDA), a federal/provincial agreement between the Government of Canada (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, and Industry Canada) and the four provincial governments in Atlantic Canada, will contribute $100,000 to support the ECMAs with the International Export Buyers Program.

Through ACOA’s Business Development Program, the Government of Canada will also contribute $100,000 to the ECMA to support marketing efforts to promote this premier event.

The provincial government will contribute $250,000 through P.E.I. 2014 Inc. and $66,000 from the Department of Innovation and Advanced Learning.

“Our region has always embraced and celebrated our music and its close connection with our culture. East Coast Music Week provides a great platform to showcase our talents nationally and internationally,” said Rob Moore, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency). “I am pleased to announce our Government’s investment in the East Coast Music Association to market this premier event and our support for the International Export Buyers Program.”

Tourism Minister Robert Henderson said the showcase is a strong selling point for the province.

“East Coast Music Week not only showcases the tremendous talent that calls this region home, but it also showcases the region itself and brings thousands of musicians, industry representatives and fans to our province,” he said. “So, from tourism, cultural and economic perspectives it is a fantastic event that we are proud to support.”

Charlottetown Mayor Clifford Lee said said the East Coast Music Week event is one that is well suited for the City of Charlottetown.

“Our location generously accommodates one large block party to celebrate east coast music in fine style, and we are ready to proudly display our hospitality, once again,” he said. “We are thrilled to support the event through a monetary partnership of $75,000, provided through the City of Charlottetown and the Tourism Accommodation Levy.”

Andria Wilson, ECMA interim executive director said the support of ACOA enables the East Coast Music Association to continue to offer high level business to business development activities to members and the Atlantic Canadian music industry.

“With the business component of our industry integral to the development and success of our artists, we curate a conference that provides a current and diverse platform for learning and industry navigation,” the mayor said. “Now in its thirteenth year, the conference and Export Buyers Program provides an environment for artists and industry professionals to showcase, learn and network with international booking agents, presenters, festival representatives, promoters, film and music placement supervisors, digital experts, and media.”

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