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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 .
CCBE to Return with In-Person Conference in August
The CCBE ( The Association of Central Canada Broadcast Engineers ) will be holding its 2022 conference on Aug . 26-27 at the Kingbridge Conference Center & Institute in King City , ON . The CCBE advances the knowledge of its members in the theory and practice of all aspects of broadcast engineering , including radio and television programming and its distribution over the air or via the internet .
The 2022 CCBE Conference , the association ’ s first in-person event in two years , will feature two days of technical papers , workshops , and vendor displays . This year , the CCBE is offering one package for the entire conference for $ 200 per delegate . This will include all papers and meals . A list of papers and the agenda was still being finalized at time of publication .
For more information , go to www . ccbe . ca .
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