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MFM Presents Honorary JUNO to Minister Ron Lemieux

Posted on December 15, 2015

On December 10, 2015 Manitoba Film & Music CEO Carole Vivier presented the Manitoba Minister of Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection Ron Lemieux with two honorary JUNO awards to celebrate the province's contribution to music. 

Since its inception MFM, thanks to the support of the Government of Manitoba, has funded the recording and release of over 8,000 songs and 1,200 music recording projects, including 540 full-length albums. MFM-funded projects have been nominated for a total of 289 awards including JUNOs, Western Canadian Music Awards, Indigenous Music Awards and others.  In the past three years alone, MFM has funded over 4,000 individual tour dates.

“We have funded a catalogue of recordings vast enough to rival or exceed that of a large record label,” said MFM’s CEO Carole Vivier. “This is an impressive legacy and an amazing return on Manitoba’s investment in our artists. Winnipeg’s reputation as a music city can be linked directly to this support.”

Last year, two MFM-supported albums received JUNO awards; Tanya Tagaq’s groundbreaking album Animism, and The Bros. Landreth’s successful self-titled debut album. Manitoba is home to several JUNO winners and nominees including The Wailin’ Jennys, Eagle & Hawk, Steve Bell and many others. In recognition of these successes and others, Carole Vivier presented Minister Ron Lemieux with an honorary JUNO on behalf of MFM.

“Manitoba Film and Music is an essential piece of Manitoba’s musical landscape, helping promote and highlight the incredible talent in our province,” said Ron Lemieux, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Heritage, Sport and Consumer Protection. “We know how important it is to be able to do what you love for a living, which is why our government invests over $45 million in Manitoba’s thriving creative and cultural industries.”

Currently, Manitoba is home to an estimated 368 music businesses and 4,066 artist entrepreneurs. A 2012 Manitoba Music initiated study revealed that the music industry had a GDP impact of over $70 million that year. The Manitoba music industry contributes an estimated 25% of the national independent music industry revenues outside of Quebec.

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