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“We strongly support the endeavors of Manitoba Music, the Canadian Independent Music Association, Music Canada and other artistic stakeholders in their call to put creators at the forefront of the Government of Canada’s upcoming cultural policy reforms. Supporting our musicians is now more important than ever, especially considering the US Citizen and Immigration Services’ recent punitive announcement that it will be substantially increasing our I-129 visa filing fees to tour south of the border. We encourage our government to seek new ways and strategies to provide economic opportunities in Canada’s cultural and creative sectors, as this is our livelihood and the way that we support our families.”

Lisa Saunders, Professional Musician, Ashes and Dreams

“Since I became a professional musician in 2001, I have had to get used to being a marketer, a promoter, a data entry clerk, a driver, a travel agent, a social media expert and a paralegal in order to make a living as singer/songwriter/violinist. This is our new reality. With all these things combined – the wearing of so many different hats, the big question is when can we possibly write and create new material?

We artists are an essential part of the economic and political fabric of our society but more importantly – we are the dreamers and the believers. I challenge our government to partner with us, the creators, to put Canada’s creators at the heart of our cultural policy”

Miranda Mulholland, Professional Musician

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