B.C. musicians to receive grants to livestream performances

B.C. musicians will soon have access to grants to help them stream performances online.

The initiative by the provincial government, in partnership with Creative BC, will grant $500 to emerging artists and $2,000 to established artists for livestreaming, songwriting and other professional development. The grants are open to all previously eligible Amplify BC applicants.

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Showcase BC will be a new online hub built by the province, featuring a variety of live performances and entertainment.

A free livestreaming concert featuring B.C. artists will be presented next week, with the date and lineup still to be announced.

"This program is designed as a quick response by Creative BC to the immediate needs of artists across the province's music industry. It helps them create, stream and generate revenue, with Showcase BC bringing all of that dynamic content direct to our homes while we do our part to stay home, safe and connected," said Prem Gill, CEO of Creative BC.

Links to Showcase BC events can be found online at showcasebc.ca. Entertainers can also submit their events on that website.

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