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Toronto announces support for Black music industry professionals with new $2 million partnership

Toronto has announced a new $2 million partnership with the Slaight Family Foundation and Canada’s Black music business collective ADVANCE, which will support the entry, retention, and advancement of Black professionals in the local music industry.

Mayor John Tory announced the partnership that will work to support Black talent development in the music industry with $2 million over the next four years.

Through the Toronto Music Advisory Committee (TMAC), an advisory group will develop different initiatives. Some of these initiatives include a mentorship and internship program that will begin next year, master classes on industry career development, research to assess racial discrepancies in the Canadian music industry, and more.

“This partnership supports the Toronto Music Strategy and it is another step towards correcting the music industry’s historic under-investment in the development of Black talent, especially in senior leadership roles,” councillor and TMAC chair Joe Cressy says. “I and the members of TMAC look forward to working with Advance to make these critical changes.”

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