Department of Canadian Heritage

Department of Canadian Heritage

September 04, 2014 13:01 ET

Statement by the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, on the Occasion of Country Music Week and the Canadian Country Music Association Awards

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 4, 2014) - Country music is an important part of Canada's heritage and modern cultural landscape. The exceptional creativity of our performers-established artists as well as newcomers-makes an outstanding contribution to the richness of the Canadian music scene.

Every year, Country Music Week celebrates Canadian country music and its artists and industry professionals. This year's celebration, beginning on September 4 in Edmonton, will feature great artists and exciting events for all Canadians to enjoy. On Sunday, September 7, the Canadian Country Music Association will recognize exceptional talent in country music with the CCMA Awards. I encourage all Canadians to watch and celebrate our country music scene.

Our Government recognizes that the Canadian music industry contributes to the vitality of our cultural life and is an important sector of our economy. The music industry generates nearly $3 billion every year in economic activity from sound recordings, concerts, commercial radio, and performing rights. The Canada Music Fund (CMF) aims to give Canadians and the rest of the world better access to diverse Canadian music and to provide Canada's music industry with the tools to excel at home and abroad. In an average year, the CMF helps support more than 400 album-production projects and 1,100 marketing, touring, and showcasing initiatives.

On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada, I would like to congratulate all of this year's nominees and award winners. I also commend the CCMA and its partners for doing outstanding work, during Country Music Week and throughout the year, in recognizing exceptional talent and artistic excellence.

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  • Marisa Monnin
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages