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Christine Jensen Calls for Action to Oppose Jazz Grant Cuts

September 14, 2009

Saxophonist/composer Christine Jensen is calling for action against the Canadian government following a recent decision to “redirect” Canada Council funds that were originally dedicated to Specialized Music grants. Jensen is concerned that this decision will further weaken an already fragile creative music industry. The entire text of her letter follows. I encourage you to read it and take action if you see fit.

– Rick Gibbs

Dear friends,

I am writing to encourage you to take action against Canada’s government and the massive blow they have dealt to the already fragile creative music industry in Canada by redirecting funding in the Canada Music Fund. This is an especially crippling cut to jazz and improvised music, as the Canada Council for the Arts Grant for Specialized Music recording program is an integral link to the independent artist’s creative output. I am most concerned that the music industry will lose a large portion of creative content with the re-direction of these funds into FACTOR, MUSICACTION, SOCAN, and digital and international market development.

In the past, support from this Canada Council program has given artists like myself the opportunity to employ Canadian musicians, composers, arrangers, recording engineers, producers, recording studios, graphic artists, publicists, photographers, record labels, and agents. This grant program has enabled the artist to present high quality recordings in Canada and abroad to festival programmers, jazz clubs, radio programmers, reviewers, retail outlets and educators, thus allowing us to make strong international presence felt. Please note, the Canada Council’s Grant for Specialized Music Sound Recording program does not fully fund recordings, but allows up to 60% of production costs before the pressing of the CD.

Please send a letter or email to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Heritage Minister James Moore as well as to opposition critics, and your riding MP. If you are in the Montréal area, there is a meeting on September 28 regarding these cuts, organized by le conseil québécois de la musique.

I have also just read and signed the online petition:

“Canadian Recording Arts Grant Cut”

hosted on the web by PetitionOnline.com, the free online petition
service, at:

http://www.PetitionOnline.com/a6y3L9eR/

I personally agree with what this petition says, and I think you might
agree, too. If you can spare a moment, please take a look, and consider
signing yourself.

sincerely,

Christine Jensen

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