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Richmond musicians get $44K funding to boost their careers

The B.C. government gave more than $1.1 million to 105 artists in the province.
Richmond's DJ Emenes is one of the four local recipients of the B.C. government's career development grant.

Four Richmond musicians are among the 105 B.C. artists who got a boost from the B.C. government to further their careers.

The Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport announced today the recipients for its four Amplify BC programs, which will provide $3.3 million in funding to support local artists, music industry initiatives, live music events and talents outside of B.C.

Four Richmond artists were chosen as recipients for the career development program, which is investing more than $1.1 million in total for artists to record songs, film music videos and market their work.

Filipino-Canadian duo and Juno nominee Manila Grey will get $20,000, while musician Mar Emanuel, singer-songwriter Dani Camacho and Mandeep Sandhu, known as DJ Emenes, will each receive $8,000.

The other programs include the "record in BC program," which offers almost $350,000 to encourage talents outside of B.C. to record and build business relationships in the province and the "music industry initiatives program," which provides $400,000 to help develop B.C.'s music industry ecosystem.

The last program, called the "live music program," offers around $1.4 million to support live music events and business-development activities.

"We are proud to be the third largest music hub in Canada. Our music sector promotes and showcases B.C. culture on the global stage," said Lana Popham, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport.

"Supporting B.C.'s artists and music businesses helps them continue to create the music we love and contributes to vibrant and connected communities throughout the province."

For a full list of funding recipients, visit Creative BC's website.

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