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    Chris Campbell 519-661-6385 Email
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    Aimy Thai 519-661-6164 Email

SUPPORTING ORGANIZATIONS

DOWNTOWN LONDON

Downtown London is made up of two complementary organizations - the London Downtown Business Association (LDBA) and MainStreet London - which are governed by two boards that share some common membership.
LDBA exists to represent the interests of member businesses, ensure retention and maintain the public realm. MainStreet’s mandate is the overall improvement of the core, including recruitment and revitalization.
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LONDON MUSIC OFFICE

London Music Office is a division of the City of London, Ontario and exists to provide assistance toward the growth and development of the music industry in London, Canada. 
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THE ONTARIO CULINARY TOURISM ALLIANCE

A not for profit devoted to connecting taste-makers, sharing their stories & sparking delicious developments in food tourism. As experts in food tourism development, the Culinary Tourism Alliance seeks to ensure that authentic food experiences become a significant economic driver for communities across Ontario, and a primary way for travellers to enrich their experience.
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THE TOURISM INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION OF ONTARIO (TIAO)

Recognized as the umbrella government advocacy organization serving Ontario’s diverse tourism industry. Collectively representing over 186,000 businesses and 389,000 employees across the province, TIAO provides a strong, unified voice for the sector. Their mission is to position Ontario’s tourism industry for growth and prosperity.
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FESTIVALS & EVENTS ONTARIO (FEO)

FEO provides festival and event organizers across the province with a networking forum offering professional development opportunities and resources aimed to encourage professionalism and excellence in the delivery of festivals and special events. 
FEO also acts as an advocate for the industry identifying and working towards solutions on issues such as legislation, governance, product development, and initiating programs of benefit to the industry. The association also serves industry members whose goods and services are of use and benefit to Ontario’s festivals and special events.
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ONTARIO TOURISM MARKETING PARTNERSHIP CORPORATION

The Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation (OTMPC) markets Ontario to the world!  Each year Ontario welcomes more than 140 million visitors who contribute over $28 billion to Ontario’s economy. OTMPC is an agency of the Government of Ontario with a vision to position Ontario as a preferred global destination. OTMPC’s mission is to generate increased visitation by Ontario, Canadian and international tourists, enhance tourism expenditures in Ontario, and contribute to provincial economic prosperity through impactful marketing and results oriented investment partnerships. 
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CANADIAN MUSIC WEEK

Canadian Music Week is recognized as one of the premier entertainment events in North America focusing on the business of music. The Canadian Music Week festival spans 5 nights of performances, over 800 showcasing bands at more than 40 live music venues in downtown Toronto. 
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LONDON ARTS LIVE

London Arts Live is a partnership between the City of London Culture Office and London Arts Council. The program offers London artists paid opportunities to perform and animate streets and other public spaces. Learn more about this amazing program.
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CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION (CCMA)

The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization committed to the promotion and recognition of Canadian country music. Built upon the foundation to educate, elevate and celebrate Canadian talent, the CCMA progressively heralds the spirit, community and creativity that country music fosters.
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COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION OF ONTARIO

The Country Music Association of Ontario (CMAO) is the Ontario-based, province-wide, not-for-profit organization.  The objective of the CMAO, through the leadership and experience of our Board of Directors, is to foster and support the growth and development of Ontario’s country music and its industry, and to develop opportunities for Ontario artists and all those associated with the Ontario country music infrastructure – provincially, nationally and internationally.
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MUSIC CANADA

Canada’s music industry can be a bit overwhelming. FACTOR and other funders are only one piece of a big pie. Take a look through some of our partners and colleagues in the industry to find out how they can help you navigate the ins and outs of the business.
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MUSIC CANADA LIVE

Music Canada Live is the voice of Canada’s vibrant live music industry, working to advance and promote its many economic, social and cultural benefits. Founded in 2014 as a champion for the collective mission of the live music industry, Music Canada Live is an expert resource for members, including concert promoters, festivals, presenters, venues, agents, ticketing companies, industry associations and suppliers. Advocacy efforts focus on policy advancement, funding, public awareness, research, and activities that unite, highlight and galvanize the work of the live music sector.
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MUSICOUNTS

MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity is helping to keep music alive in schools and communities across Canada. Ensuring children and youth across Canada have access to musical instruments and music education in their schools and communities.
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CARAS (THE CANADIAN ACADEMY OF RECORDING ARTS AND SCIENCES)

The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) is a non-profit organization responsible for promoting Canadian music and artists. It administers the Juno Awards, the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the MusiCounts music education charity. CARAS's mandate is to promote and celebrate Canadian music and artists. MusiCounts, Canada's music education charity associated with CARAS, is dedicated to ensuring that young Canadians regardless of socio-economic circumstances and cultural background have the opportunity to experience the joy of music, explore their talent, build self-esteem, and above all dream big.   
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SOUTHWEST ONTARIO TOURISM CORPORATION (SWOTC)

Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation (SWOTC) is the provincially mandated Regional Tourism Organization for Southwestern Ontario, also known as Region 1. The region is publicly branded as ‘Ontario’s Southwest’. SWOTC works with 10 Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs) and tourism industry stakeholders across our region to promote Ontario’s Southwest as a vibrant and prosperous tourism region.
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GRANTING ORGANIZATIONS

ONTARIO ARTS COUNCIL

The Ontario Arts Council is an arm's-length agency of the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. OAC's grants and services to professional, Ontario-based artists and arts organizations support arts education, Aboriginal arts, community arts, crafts, dance, Franco-Ontarian arts, literature, media arts, multidisciplinary arts, music, theatre, touring, and visual arts.
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LONDON ARTS COUNCIL

The London Arts Council is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life and the creative vitality of London. We work towards this goal through nurturing the awareness of, involvement in, and commitment to excellence at all levels of art in London. Our focus is on those programs and services that provide information, education and training, consultation and collaboration, representation, and networking opportunities for the arts community, Londoners, and visitors to our city.
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OMDC (ONTARIO MUSIC FUND)

OMDC supports the music industry with a variety of programs and services, including the Ontario Music Office which administers the Ontario Music Fund. The Ontario Music Office provides funding for the Ontario music industry through four streams of the Ontario Music Fund. OMDC helps Ontario’s music industry through a variety of initiatives, including Digital Dialogue. OMDC provides research on Ontario’s creative industries, including industry profiles. Our Online Research Library is accessible 24/7 and contains hundreds of OMDC-funded and other industry studies.
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CELEBRATE ONTARIO + TOURISM GRANTS

Celebrate Ontario provides project-based programming and marketing funding to new or existing Ontario events to enhance programs, activities and services and support innovations that will lead to long-term improvements, sustainability and the attraction of additional tourists.
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LONDON MUSICIANS ASSOCIATION

The London Musicians Association is a member driven non-profit professional association comprised of approximately 300 musicians throughout Southwestern Ontario. It is dedicated to establishing and maintaining professional standards, ethics and fees in the music industry. In addition to providing collective strength to establish and maintain these standards, we work with and for our members to provide a host of services and benefits useful in their careers.
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FANSHAWE COLLEGE - MUSIC INDUSTRY ARTS

This is a program that goes wide as well as deep. You'll learn from guest lectures, in master classes and artists-in-residence, where you'll meet alumni who will pass on their extensive knowledge of the latest technology and business realities. You'll find rewarding work in artist development, film and TV, studio recording, live concerts, music publishing and management, and gaming, or with recording artists, songwriters, agents and promoters.
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OIART

Their Audio Recording Technology program trains students for careers in Music Production, Live Sound, Sound for Film/TV, Sound Design for Video Games, and Manufacturing Sales & Service in the audio industry. OIART's Career Placement Assistance results in 80-90% of their graduates starting their careers in this industry within 6 months of graduating.
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FANSHAWE COLLEGE - MIA 2 / MUSIC INDUSTRY ARTS

This is a program that goes wide as well as deep. You'll learn from guest lectures, in master classes and artists-in-residence, where you'll meet alumni who will pass on their extensive knowledge of the latest technology and business realities. You'll find rewarding work in artist development, film and TV, studio recording, live concerts, music publishing and management, and gaming, or with recording artists, songwriters, agents and promoters.
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FANSHAWE COLLEGE - MUSIC RECORDING ARTS

This is a program that goes wide as well as deep. You'll learn from guest lectures, in master classes and artists-in-residence, where you'll meet alumni who will pass on their extensive knowledge of the latest technology and business realities. You'll find rewarding work in artist development, film and TV, studio recording, live concerts, music publishing and management, and gaming, or with recording artists, songwriters, agents and promoters.
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WESTERN – DON WRIGHT FACULTY OF MUSIC

The Don Wright Faculty of Music offers our students an extraordinary music education at one of Canada’s most prestigious and picturesque university campuses. Nationally recognized scholars, composers, administrators, teachers and performers – leaders in Canadian music – engage students in a learning environment equaled by very few institutions. 
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