Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

August 17, 2009 11:00 ET

The Government of Canada Supports the Brott Music Festival and Musicians in Training

HAMILTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 17, 2009) - On behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, David Sweet, Member of Parliament (Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale), today announced funding for the Brott Music Festival, which is taking place in Hamilton this year from June 13 to August 20, and the National Academy Orchestra, which is under the auspices of the Festival.

The funding will allow the Festival to enrich its programming and enable the National Academy Orchestra to offer young musicians 16 weeks of paid training, including experience playing in an orchestra, instruction, and master classes.

"The Brott Music Festival is a unique opportunity to make wonderful musical discoveries, by highlighting the talent of our up-and-coming musicians. The National Academy Orchestra is an institution that gives young people the opportunity to hone their skills through rigorous, recognized training," said Minister Moore. "Our Government knows that solid support for professional training in music enables emerging Canadian performers to achieve excellence and thus contribute to the vitality of this sector of the arts."

"For more than 10 years, Hamilton has been privileged to witness the training offered to young people as part of the Brott Music Festival," said Mr. Sweet. "I am encouraged by their passion and devotion. We are fortunate to have the Brott Music Festival here as part of our vibrant local music and arts scene."

"I am pleased and proud that the education and experience we provide, as well as the entrepreneurial encouragement, has allowed more than 1000 'graduates' to become gainfully employed in their chosen field," said Boris Brott, National Academy Orchestra Founding Artistic Director. "This program is unique in Canada and in the world. We thank the Government of Canada for its faith in us. We feel certain that our program contributes greatly to Canada's highly gifted youth and encourages investment in our creativity. We urge Canadians to help us in matching these funds so that we can continue to provide these exceptional programs."

The Government of Canada has provided $450,000 in funding to the National Academy Orchestra under the National Arts Training Contribution Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This program supports non-profit organizations that provide training for Canadians planning a professional arts career in Canada or abroad. For more information, visit

The Government has also provided funding of $15,000 to the Brott Music Festival under the Arts Presentation Canada program. This program gives Canadians increased access to the diversity and richness of Canada's culture through professional arts festivals, presentations of live professional performances, and other artistic experiences.

This news release is available on the Internet at under Media Room.

Contact Information

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