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The cultural community hoped for more financial support from the Trudeau government.

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The day after the unveiling of the fall economic statement by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Chrystia Freeland, the cultural community oscillates between anger and incomprehension at the Trudeau government's lack of investment in the arts sector.

#AvenirDUSPECTACLE, which brings together 30 Canadian organizations presenting shows or organizing festivals, hoped for the renewal of an increase of $8 million per year from the Canada Arts Presentation Fund (CAPF), established in 2019 when the performing arts sector had been asking for financial assistance for several years.

The end of this measure therefore constitutes a setback for #AvenirDUSPECTACLE which wanted not only its extension, but also its perpetuation.

It's a double loss, laments Julie-Anne Richard, general director of RIDEAU, which is the professional association of show presenters. It is unacceptable that we are being taken back.

In 2024, we will return to the budgets of 2018, while inflation has taken its toll. It’s an untenable situation, people are angry, adds Martin Roy, president of the Regroupement des events majors internationals (REMI). This organization, which notably represents large festivals, such as the Francos and the Festival d'été de Québec, is a member of the #AvenirDUSPECTACLE coalition.

This lack of support from the Trudeau government comes at a time when the cultural sector, already hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, is facing an explosion in costs due to labor shortages and inflation. /p>

The federal government's austerity posture is understandable, but risks leading to the closure of independent concert halls, which currently receive no assistance from the federal government, indicated, in a press release, Jon Weisz, general director of Alternative Music Scenes. of Quebec (SMAQ). This network which brings together emerging performance venues also expressed its disappointment at the absence of measures for its members in the economic statement.

The performing arts community now hopes that the Liberal government will be more responsive to its expectations in the spring, when the next federal budget will be presented. #AvenirDUSPECTACLE requests an increase of $21 million in the FCPA envelope and $9 million in that of the Community Development through Arts and Heritage (DCAP) fund.

However, it will already be too late for many show presenters, who will announce their programming for the 2024-2025 season from May, and summer festivals which will have to have already completed their budget.

Another sector to feel forgotten by the Trudeau government: that of music. By press release, the Association of Musical Publishing Professionals (APEM) and the Quebec Association of the Record, Show and Video Industry (ADISQ) both deplored the lack of announcement of enhancement of the Canada Music Fund. The $10 million extension granted to this fund in 2018-2019 was not renewed.

We absolutely need good news in the spring budget, otherwise there will be major cuts in supporting our music, at an already difficult time.

A quote from Jérôme Payette, general director of APEM

We hope that the government will quickly take note of the great difficulties facing our industry by increasing funding for the Canada Music Fund in the 2024-2025 budget, thus bringing its amount to $60 million as we have requested, indicated Eve Paré, general director of ADISQ.

As for the Quebec Media Production Association (AQPM), it hoped that the economic statement presented Tuesday would announce the maintenance of Telefilm Canada's budget at its current level. For months, she has been calling for the sustainability of this budget, the precariousness of the financing of Quebec cinema risking endangering jobs in this industry.

The This disappointment is immense for all stakeholders in the film industry, because we all anticipate the negative economic and cultural impacts that this decision will generate, underlined, in a press release, Hélène Messier. The President and CEO of the AQPM wishes to avoid compromising the vitality of our cinematography at a time when audiences of all ages are enthusiastically reconnecting with Quebec cinema on the big screen.

With information from Catherine Richer, cultural columnist on the show Le 15-18

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