OMDC (Ontario Media Development Corporation) assists with the economic development of Ontario's creative sectors, including music.
OMDC's Music Office supports the music industry by providing funding to music companies across all aspects of Ontario 's music ecosystem.
The Ontario Music Fund (administered by the OMDC) supports Ontario's music industry with $14 million to over 100 music companies each year. Many of whom have received JUNO nods across the 20 JUNO Award categories. Ontario artists have been nominated in 38 of the 41 JUNO Award categories. Eighty-five Ontario artists (94 including engineers/producers/video directors) have accumulated a total of 117 JUNO Award nominations.
During the reception the OMDC Chair Mark Sakamoto highlighted the fact that Ontario happens to be have one of the most exciting music industries in the world.
Allen Reid (President CEO of CARAS/The JUNO Awards & Musicounts) admitted that other provinces are taking note of how Ontario supports it's music industry.
MPP Han Dong announced that since 2013 the Ontario government has contributed millions to the Ontario Music Fund. The MPP from Trinity-Spadina also acknowledged that Ontario's rich musical tradition takes on a special meaning as we celebrate Ontario and Canada's 150th birthday.
(Images from the OMDC's Ontario JUNO Award Nominee Reception's red carpet.)