Your Vision for Arts + Culture
Will you advocate for an increased investment to the BC Arts Council and to maintain or increase the current funding level for arts, culture and heritage in your community?
Yes. John Horgan and the BC NDP have committed to doubling the BC Arts Council budget over the next four years. We've long been strong advocates of the Arts Council and the work it does.
Will you take an active role on behalf of your community to lobby senior levels of government to increase levels of investment to the BC Arts Council?
Yes. A BC NDP government would double funding for the BC Arts Council over four years.
If you are in favour of increased investment in arts, culture, and heritage for our province and committed to lobbying senior levels of government for increases to the BC Arts Council, would you require additional advocacy support from the BC Alliance for Arts + Culture? If so, how can we help?
New Democrats have long advocated for the arts, and for the BC Arts Council specifically. New Democrat MLAs would continue to be strong champions for the arts.
In your view, how can our provincial government maintain or grow the cultural sector across British Columbia?
The BC NDP has committed to investing in creative spaces, increasing funding for the BC Arts Council and Creative BC. These commitments, along with our investments in the film and television industry will set the table for strong growth in BC’s arts and culture sector.
Cultural + Creative Spaces
Will you work to ensure access to affordable, sustainable cultural and creative spaces for artists and arts organizations in British Columbia? If so, how?
The BC NDP has committed to creating an arts infrastructure fund. The creation of this fund will allow a BC NDP government to partner with the federal government and municipal government to deliver investments in creative and cultural spaces.
How will you improve cultural tourism in your community? How do you propose to attract and retain artists and cultural workers in your community?
A BC NDP government will work with artists and cultural workers to ensure that BC’s rich arts and culture offerings aren’t neglected in our tourism promotion efforts. Currently one of the biggest challenges for retaining artists in our communities is how unaffordable life has become under Christy Clark and the BC Liberal government.
John Horgan and the BC NDP will work for all British Columbians and take real action to make life more affordable – like reducing or eliminating fees, tolls and fares, while bringing in $10 a day childcare.
The BC NDP’s commitment to affordability will help attract and retain BC artists in BC communities.
What do you feel to be the single most important issue currently relating to arts, culture and heritage in British Columbia, and what action will you take to address it?
The single most important issue relating to arts, culture and heritage in BC is the lack of government partnership and commitment to the arts. For the last 16 years Christy Clark and the BC Liberals have refused to work with other levels of government to nurture, celebrate and promote our arts and culture industry in BC. A BC NDP government would end this neglect and become active participants in the promotion of arts, culture and heritage in BC communities.
How do you personally engage in the creative and cultural life of your community, and more broadly, the province? (e.g. committees, attending arts and culture events, etc.)
I have worked in the creative industries as a musician, advocate, lawyer, author, and producer for twenty-five years. My legal clients include some of western Canada’s top artists, labels, publishers and managers. I have been nominated for two JUNO awards as an artist, releasing seven albums. For 14 years, I was the executive director of Music BC, where I helped to grow the BC music industry provincially, nationally and internationally. I have been on the board of directors for the following organizations: FACTOR National Advisory Board, the Canadian Independent Music Association, the Canadian Council of Music Industry Associations, and the Western Canadian Music Alliance. I have attended hundreds of musical performances of all genres. Locally, I sit on the ACT Arts Council and serve on the City of Maple Ridge Cultural Plan Task group. I am a passionate advocate of the arts, culture and creative industries in BC.
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I was originally motivated to run for office because of BC Liberal cuts to arts and culture, and cuts to school music programs throughout BC. Music in my public school education changed my life forever. My entire career has been based around music, music business and music advocacy.
Arts, Culture and creative endeavours are so vital to the fabric of our communities, our economy and our well-being. Art and music in schools is essential to the development of young minds. Often, music education helps to keep students motivated and attending schools. Creative minds are vital to the new creative economy, whether someone pursues a career in the arts or in other creative industries.