Government is helping to expand opportunities for Nova Scotia’s vibrant music industry through an investment in the East Coast Music Awards (ECMA) Festival and Conference. Labour and Advanced Education Minister Labi Kousoulis, on behalf of Communities, Culture and Heritage Minister Leo Glavine, announced today, Jan. 29, $300,000 to support the hosting of this year’s 30th anniversary show in Halifax May 2-6. “Hosting events of this magnitude helps to bring significant social and economic benefits to all Nova Scotians, including our vibrant music industry,” said Mr. Kousoulis. “This event also provides an opportunity to bring more international industry professionals to our province to experience what we can offer the world through our talented artists and venues. It is only fitting that the ECMA celebrates 30 years where it all began in 1988.” The festival and conference features more than 50 showcases, 25 conference sessions, mentorship programs and the presentation of more than 40 music and industry awards. “The ECMA is very appreciative of the support from the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, and this contribution goes a long way towards ensuring our 30th Anniversary event is one of the best in our organization’s history,” says East Coast Music Association executive director, Andy McLean. “Our aim is to increase the amount of renowned international delegates we bring in, which, in turn, results in more business opportunities for our incredible East Coast artists.” As part of Nova Scotia’s Culture Action Plan, government is actively supporting the music industry and other creative industries to expand their economic and cultural reach. More information about the East Coast Music Awards is available at www.ecma.com.
23 September 2008The United Nations has launched its television channel on YouTube, a popular video sharing and social networking web site, in an effort to reach a broader and younger audience on a range of issues on the world body’s agenda. The programmes set to air on the channel are produced by UN Television (UNTV) with the Organization’s agencies and funds, and cover topics such as climate change, development, human rights and peace and security. Some of the current stories posted on site address the fight against prejudice of India’s so-called untouchables, the threats to the ecological treasures of the Galapagos Islands and several segments from 21st Century, the UN’s monthly news magazine that spotlights the world’s most forgotten stories. The UN is also partnering with YouTube to launch, on 25 September, a joint campaign In My Name with global nonprofits Oxfam, GPAC and Save the Children, to draw attention to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – the set of eight anti-poverty targets world leaders have pledged to achieve by 2015.As part of the campaign, Black Eyed Peas singer Will.i.am will ask citizens from every country to upload footage to YouTube supporting the MDGs by stating their name, their country and, if desired, a request to their government to end poverty. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon intends to join the online petition that will feature a song written by the Black Eyed Peas artist especially for the campaign. The partnership with YouTube is the latest effort by the UN to use new media technologies to get its message out. The world body recently drew on SMS mechanics for the International Day of Peace “Txt 4 Peace” campaign encouraging people across the world to send messages of peace. An innovative partnership was also forged between Internet giant Google and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) to map environmental projects across the globe.