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Radio Starmaker Fund announces support and other new initiatives

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TORONTO - Radio Starmaker Fund announced today it has awarded a total of $669,185 to Canadian recording artists to help them pay to develop and promote their careers.

This most recent round of funding marks more than $8 million to date in contributions made to benefit the careers of Canadian artists. Radio Starmaker Fund is a private initiative of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters, in partnership with The Canadian Independent Record Production Association and the Canadian Recording Industry Association. Its mandate is to strengthen the English-language Canadian music industry and help advance the careers of Canadian artists. Funded entirely by private radio broadcasters, the RSF supports a variety of marketing and promotional initiatives.

Recipients of this 11th round of funding include: Barnard & Brohm, Beverley Mahood, Buck 65, Coral Egan, Francesca Gagnon, Jorane, Lhasa, Metric, Pavlo, Ron Korb, Suzy Leblanc and Thornley.

"We were thrilled to have such a diverse group of artists apply for funding this quarter. It's really a testament to the evolving Canadian music scene, " said Catharine Saxberg, executive director, RSF, in a release. "The rich variety and originality of Canadian artists have helped propel many of them onto the international stage."

The fund has introduced several new initiatives and increases this round, including:
* Increased travel subsidy for qualified independent artists attending the JUNO Awards.
* Updated guidelines for International touring applications. The new guidelines no longer require significant investment from the artist's label towards International touring, making it easier than ever before for artists to share their music with audiences outside of Canada, says the release.
* International marketing support up to a maximum of $50,000 per year, per project, to Canadian-owned labels.
* Renewed travel grant for the East Coast Music Association
* New grant for Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame

Details regarding all of the new initiatives from the fund will be available online in the coming weeks at www.radiostarmakerfund.com. Applications for the next funding round must be submitted by August 26, 2004 by 5 p.m. EST.

New for summer 2004, RSF has also introduced its Management Mentorship Program. This pilot project is designed to expand the pool of artist managers in Canada and create new management opportunities for emerging artists.

This new program is open only to established management companies. Each approved applicant will sign a new artist, and hire a new employee to work with that artist. RSF will support this expansion over an 18 month period, starting October 1, 2004, with three payments of $15,000, for a total of $45,000 anually.

Up to 12 applicants could be approved in the pilot year, and each management company can file only one application per 18 month period under this program.

The application deadline for the program is August 15, 2004. For more information visit www.radiostarmakerfund.com or call the office at 1-888-256-2211.


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