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Radio Starmaker Fund Annual Report

2021 / 2022

Radio Starmaker Fund Annual Reports » 2021 / 2022 Annual Report

Message From The Chair

Lenore Gibson

As Chair of the Radio Starmaker Fund, I am pleased to present our outstanding results for fiscal 2022.

Overall, there was an increase in funding for the year, especially in our international touring program, which is now RSF’s most funded program. This increase reflects the reopening of venues and the lowering of travel restrictions that were in place due to the pandemic. Combined with the domestic touring program, touring represents over 62% of RSF’s total funding.

The Orion program, which we introduced in December 2020, is our new program dedicated to supporting music creation by members of the Canadian music industry who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour. It remains highly in demand, comprising over 21% of funding distributed in fiscal 2022. This “stepping stone” program continues to fund a broad range of activities to help sustain racialized artists as they continue developing and increasing the audience and industry reach needed to apply to our existing programs. Orion remains a “living” program made to adapt to and reflect the Board’s collective learning, community feedback, and industry change.

I would like to offer my sincere thanks to our Board members for their commitment and collaboration over the past year. Furthermore, I would like to express the Board’s gratitude to our excellent Radio Starmaker staff, Chip Sutherland, Jerry Leibowitz, and Michelle Farres, who continue to provide the highest level of dedication and support for our very important constituency of Canadian emerging artists and labels.

Lenore Gibson
Executive Chair
Radio Starmaker Fund