APTN announces funding for music videos

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Winnipeg based hip hop emcee Sadie is one of seven Aboriginal artists who will receive a cut of $120,000 that the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) has earmarked for the production of music videos. The funding falls under the network’s “First Tracks” program, which posted an open call for applications in July of 2008.

“There is an outstanding range of new music being generated by Aboriginal musicians,” says Jean LaRose, APTN Chief Executive Officer. “As Canada’s only Aboriginal broadcaster, APTN is proud to support these musicians through First Tracks. The range of musical styles and the calibre of the submissions reflect the exceptional quality of Aboriginal talent in Canada today. The jury had a very difficult task in selecting the successful applicants. There were many great submissions and bringing it down to these seven individuals was a huge challenge for them.”

The other funding recipients are George Leach (BC), Ry Moran (BC), Janet Panic (BC), Melissa Pash (QC), Lucie Idlout (ON) and Digging Roots (ON).

First Tracks was launched in 2007 under the “Open Call” banner and seven Aboriginal artists walked away with great videos. Last year’s recipients were Leela Gilday (NWT), M’Girl (BC), Shane Yellowbird (AB), Andrea Menard (SK), Friendly Fire (QC), Samian (QC), and Beatrice Dear (NT).

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