Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

September 24, 2009 17:52 ET

Statement by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, on the Occasion of the Canada Council Musical Instrument Bank 2009 Competition

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 24, 2009) - Classical music is loved by Canadians across the country, of all ages and all walks of life. Yet our country's talented young musicians face many challenges on the road to excellence and international recognition. For many musicians, key among these challenges is the high cost of a fine instrument that makes the difference between good and magnificent music.

Appreciative audiences in Canada and abroad recognize the sound of a quality instrument as it resonates in a concert hall, and the reward of playing an instrument that is a work of art in itself can make the years of practice worthwhile.

Our Government understands the contribution of arts and culture to our communities, our identity, and our economy. We are pleased to provide significant support for artists through the programs of the Department of Canadian Heritage and the Canada Council for the Arts. The Canada Council Musical Instrument Bank lends fine instruments to talented young musicians embarking on an international solo or chamber music career.

On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada, I would like to congratulate all 14 winners of this year's Musical Instrument Bank competition.

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  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Deirdra McCracken - Director of Communications