Parties promise artists won’t be singing for their supper

If elected, the Liberals promise they will double the Yukon artists’ touring fund to $200,000 from $100,000 and guarantee three year funding to arts group.

Cash-strapped artists would benefit from recent Liberal and Yukon Party announcements.

If elected, the Liberals promise they will double the Yukon artists’ touring fund to $200,000 from $100,000 and guarantee three year funding to arts group.

“Right now, many arts organizations, like the Frostbite Society, have to write arts grants every year. This would allow them to plan ahead,” said downtown candidate Patrick Singh.

Liberals are also promising to create a separate commission for Yukon musicians. Currently, funding for these artists is dealt with through Yukon Film and Sound.

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“Music is one of the biggest things we have going,” said Singh who owns a music shop downtown and is himself in a band, Sasquatch Prom Date.

Monday, the Yukon Party announced it will strengthen arts in the territory, but was less specific in its funding amounts.

Culture Quest, an arts fund set up for the 2010 Olympics to create cultural exports for local and outside audiences, would become a permanent fund for Yukon artists, said the Yukon Party.

It also promised to develop a public art policy that would see capital funding to buy Yukon art for new public buildings.

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