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“I’m not expecting anything to come our way but I’m hopeful, and I hope the federal government is seeing some of the arts and culture funding initiatives going on around the globe,” says Boyd, noting recent arts and culture funding initiatives by the New Zealand and German governments. “This issue doesn’t just apply to Canada or Edmonton, it’s worldwide.”
Unable to host concerts due to social distancing restrictions, independent music venues face an uphill climb in both their quest for government funding and a return to business as usual. Boyd says independent venues have been weathering the storm for years, with a number of them being forced to shut down long before the pandemic.
“We’ve been campaigning for a number of years. We had a live music initiative that started in 2016 when a number of venues began closing down that gained some momentum and then died off, so a lot of venues closed down,” says Boyd. “It’s been hard to gain any momentum, and now that we’re unable to host shows we’re not able to contribute to the economy and prove our case to the government.”
For more information on the Canadian Independent Venue Coalition and the #SupportCanadianVenues movement visit www.supportcanadianvenues.ca.