News Release Archive

     The Province of Nova Scotia has contributed $42,000 to the
East Coast Music Awards, to be held in Sydney Feb. 9 - 12.  

     As well as nationally showcasing Nova Scotian and,
specifically Cape Breton musical talent, the event is expected to
inject at least $1 million into the local economy.  The awards
bring about 500 visitors from across Canada, the U.S. and Europe,
creating a significant impact in the off-season.  

     Education Minister John MacEachern, with responsibility for
culture, said this contribution signals a continuing government
commitment to invest in the development of our cultural industry. 

     "We have a wealth of musical talent in Cape Breton and Nova
Scotia which deserves to be seen and heard in the best light
possible across Canada."  The cultural and economic benefits of
the awards are also expected to extend far beyond February.  

     "Along with our well-known musical treasures, we have many
young artists just waiting to be discovered," he said.   "As
well, people who watch the telecast country will be
inspired to visit Cape Breton to hear our music and enjoy our
beautiful island and province."

     This is the seventh annual East Coast Music Awards, with
conference organizers predicting this will be the biggest year
yet.  At least 2,000 people will be able to attend
the awards show at Centre 200.  As well, the first-ever showcase
for child performers, as part of the three-day event, will be
held at the Savoy Theatre in Glace Bay.

     Mr. MacEachern paid tribute to the artists, event
organizers, other sponsors and people who work in the live and
recorded music industry.  

     "Thanks to everyone in front of and behind the cameras
for the countless hours and effort you've put into preparing for
this three-day event," the minister said.  "I wish you every
success with the show and look forward to great results from our
great Nova Scotian artists."
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Contact:  Donna MacDonald, 424-2615
lm                                       January 4, 1995