2012 Federal and Provincial bugets

2012.04.04 - On March 28th, the Federal government announced a $ 5.2 billion cuts for its 2012 budget. Despite the great mobilization of Quebecois, CBC/Radio-Canada sees its current budget of $ 1.1 billion cut by $ 115 million within three years. The Guilde des musiciens et musiciennes du Québec (GMMQ) deeply regrets this decision that will lead Espace musique to reduce its budget for musical production and regional broadcasting time on air. Read more about the CBC/Radio Canada budget cuts.

Téléfilm and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) also sees its budget cut substantially. This could affect the amount allocated to music in film productions. Luckily, funding of the Canada Council for the Arts is maintained which is good news for supported artists, creators and art organizations. The budget of the Department of Canadian Heritage is cut by $ 46.2 million and there is uncertainty about the impact of this reduction. It is feared that some programs like the Canada Music Fund suffer the consequences. For more details, you can read the Canadian Conference of the Arts analysis.

As for the provincial side, there is good news for the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) and the Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC). The CALQ sees its budget increased by $ 4.4 million in 2012-2013 and the cumulative increase granted will reach nearly $ 16.2 million within the next five years. At the SODEC, one looks forward to new investments in the digital shilft and enhancement of tax credits. Over the next five years, amounts of $ 20 million will be granted for the implementation of a digital strategy for the cultural sector.