Grants offered to Vernon musicians/filmmakers

Vernon’s arts community is getting a leg up with the offer by Public Records of a new grant to fund a music video.

Vernon’s arts community is getting a leg up with the offer of a new grant to fund a music video.

Supported by Telus, the non-profit organization Public Records is offering musicians and filmmakers across B.C. and Alberta up to $5,000 in grants to produce music videos this summer.

The Summer 2013 Music Video Fund will also include a Telus funded production education component that teaches artists the craft of music video production.

The final music videos will appear on Telus Optik Local, on demand and online, while artists will retain full rights to their content.

“We want to support and give exposure to emerging Canadian musicians and filmmakers,” said Public Records co-founder Tony Yacowar. “Through these grants we hope to find and champion undiscovered talent in B.C. and Alberta. Who knows, maybe one of these artists will go on to super-stardom one day? Regardless, it will help fuel the creation of independent Canadian content.”

To be eligible for a grant, participants must be musicians (artist or band) or filmmakers (individual or crew). Emerging artists and filmmakers from the following communities are eligible to apply: Metro Vancouver (including Whistler), Victoria, Nanaimo, Prince George, Kelowna, Vernon, Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Fort McMurray, Grand Prairie, Penticton and Kamloops.

Interested candidates can register now on www.publicrecords.org. Official grant submissions take place May 31 to June 14.

For more information, visit www.publicrecords.org or follow them on Twitter: @publicrcrds.