The Government of Yukon has released the What We Heard report, following engagement with the territory’s music industry on possible changes to the Sound Recording Fund. The proposed changes include adding video content production as an eligible expense, expanding the range of marketing activities and simplifying administrative processes to reduce red tape.
The engagement process brought in 14 responses from recording studios, musicians, record labels and artists. Feedback provided context to the industry’s insights on the existing programs, their perspectives on the proposed changes and what could be changed further.
The changes seek to broaden the spectrum of supports offered through the program to better meet the needs and capacity of Yukon musicians. They include updates to align with the modern music industry’s standards and a broader scope of eligible activities, among others.
Adjustments to the Sound Recording Fund are expected for fall 2021.
Our local musicians and recording professionals contribute wonders to the rich, cultural landscape of our territory as well as to our economy. One only has to look at 2019’s successful BreakOut West music festival hosted in the Yukon to recognize the larger economic importance connected to this vibrant industry. By modernizing funding programs and reducing red tape, local musicians will have even more opportunities to showcase their world-class talent at home and abroad.
Minister of Economic Development Ranj Pillai
The purpose of the fund is to support Yukon sound recording professionals to develop viable careers and businesses by making sound recordings in the Yukon for broadcast and commercial release.
The sound recording fund was first introduced in 2005.