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February 25, 2014
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East Coast Music Week expected to boost economy

Tourism and Culture

Government investments support musical event that highlights regional achievements and showcases musical talents

The East Coast Music Association (ECMA) recently announced the 2014 ECMA nominees, showcasing artists and other programming information. The stage is now set for the festivities and the economic boost to begin. The Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency) and the Honourable Robert Henderson, Minister of Tourism and Culture today announced federal and provincial support for the 2014 event.

The Atlantic Canadian music celebration, which will take place in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, from April 2 to 6, 2014, has become internationally recognized over its 26-year history.

Quick Facts

• The Government of Canada, through the International Business Development Agreement (IBDA), a federal/provincial agreement between the Government of Canada (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, and Industry Canada) and the four provincial governments in Atlantic Canada, will contribute $100,000 to support the ECMAs with the International Export Buyers Program. This opportunity has become one of the leading forums for international business development in the Atlantic Canadian music industry.

• Through ACOA’s Business Development Program, the Government of Canada will also contribute $100,000 to the ECMA to support marketing efforts to promote this premier event.

• The Government of Prince Edward Island will contribute $250,000 through PEI 2014 Inc. and $66,000 from the Department of Innovation and Advanced Learning.


“Our region has always embraced and celebrated our music and its close connection with our culture. East Coast Music Week provides a great platform to showcase our talents nationally and internationally. I am pleased to announce our Government’s investment in the East Coast Music Association to market this premier event and our support for the International Export Buyers Program.”

- The Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency)

“East Coast Music Week not only showcases the tremendous talent that calls this region home, but it also showcases the region itself and brings thousands of musicians, industry representatives and fans to our province. So from tourism, cultural and economic perspectives it is a fantastic event that we are proud to support.”

- The Honourable Robert Henderson, Minister of Tourism and Culture

“The East Coast Music Week event is one that is well-suited for the City of Charlottetown. Our location generously accommodates one large block party to celebrate east coast music in fine style, and we are ready to proudly display our hospitality, once again. We are thrilled to support the event through a monetary partnership of $75,000, provided through the City of Charlottetown and the Tourism Accommodation Levy.”

- His Worship, Clifford Lee, Mayor, City of Charlottetown

“The support of ACOA enables the East Coast Music Association to continue to offer high level business to business development activities to our members and the Atlantic Canadian music industry. With the business component of our industry integral to the development and success of our artists, we curate a conference that provides a current and diverse platform for learning and industry navigation. Now in its 13th year, the conference and Export Buyers Program provides an environment for artists and industry professionals to showcase, learn and network with international booking agents, presenters, festival representatives, promoters, film and music placement supervisors, digital experts, and media.”

- Ms. Andria Wilson, ECMA Interim Executive Director

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Media Contact: Andrew Sprague