Canadian Music Trade - August-September 22 | Page 15

Unison Fund Launches The ‘ Live Music Workers Fund ’ Canadian music industry charity Unison Fund has launched the new Live Music Workers Fund . Recognizing that the live performing arts sector was disproportionately affected by the pandemic , The Government of Canada allocated $ 16,855,000 to The Unison Fund through the Canada Performing Arts Workers Resilience Fund ( CPAWRF ). In response to this significant funding , Unison developed the Live Music Workers Fund to aid qualified independent and self-employed workers in the live music sector with approved applicants receiving a one-time lump sum payment of $ 2,500 . Applications are now open until March 31 , 2023 .
Independent and self-employed live music workers who identify their primary occupation in the music community as one or more of the following are eligible to apply for funding : musician / artist , production company , venue staff , technician , tour management / operator , stagehand / roadie , artist manager or management company , booking agent , composer , concert photographer , concert recording engineer , consultant , DJ , event production / festival , marketing / communications , merchandiser , musician , promoter , publisher , publicist / public relations , retailer ( instruments and supplies ), songwriter , talent buyer , and videographer .
Unison further defines a music industry professional as someone who earned a minimum of 55 % of their income from music-related activity for at least two consecutive years prior to the pandemic .
Applicants in need who do not qualify for funding under the CPAWRF guidelines of being a live music worker will continue to be supported through the existing Unison Industry Assistance Fund , aided by fundraising initiatives and direct donations to Unison .
For over a decade , Unison has been committed to helping producers , engineers , singers / songwriters , musicians , production crews , and thousands more through its financial assistance and counselling and health solutions programs . For more information or to donate , go to www . unisonfund . ca .
Pearl ‘ Musicians Making A Difference ’ 2022 College Scholarship Recipients Announced In May of 2021 , Pearl Corporation announced the opening of a new college scholarship called “ Musicians Making A Difference ,” which awards two $ 5,000
scholarships to high school musicians who have demonstrated the ability to impact positive
change in their community . After review from a panel of Pearl staff and artists , the company
announced that this year ’ s scholarships would be awarded to Amy Hwang and Larissa Yee .
“ I am beyond grateful to be a recipient of the 2022 Musicians Making a Difference Scholarship
,” says Hwang “ The scholarship will be invaluable in paying for my college and conservatory
education and allow me to focus on becoming a better musician and person . Thank you so
much to Pearl Drums for supporting musicians who are passionate about giving back to their
community !”
“ I am honoured and beyond grateful to be selected as a recipient of the Musicians Making
a Difference Scholarship ,” adds Yee . “ Music has been an important part of my life since I began
learning the violin in first grade , and as I begin college at the University of California , Berkeley
this Fall , I plan on staying involved in musical ensembles and student organizations .”
For more information , go to pearldrum . com / en / about-pearl / scholarships .


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