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A decade-spanning creative industry plan is announced by the Yukon government

Key Takeaway:

  • The Yukon government plans to raise the territory’s creative and cultural industries over the next decade.
  • Industries covered by the new strategy include music publishing, sound recording, book publishing, film, interactive digital, craft, visual arts, and the associated labor force and firms.

The Yukon government plans to raise the territory’s creative and cultural industries over the next decade.

On November 30, the government announced a 10-year strategy supporting the creative sector to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Industries covered by the new strategy include music publishing, sound recording, book publishing, film, interactive digital, craft, visual arts, and the associated labor force and firms.

The government’s announcement offered a list of 10 actions scheduled for the first phase of the strategy. The government guaranteed to streamline existing funding supports for the industry, develop marketing and export strategies to assist each sector, and build understanding regarding rights, copyright and royalties.

Also pledged under the first phase of the strategy is new branding and promotion of the Yukon’s creative and cultural industries aimed to raise the profile of the local products beyond the territory’s boundaries. A new cultural center and museum policy and a system for measuring and monitoring the economic and social impacts of the sector are in the works.

The first phase will have $1.05 million set aside.

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The $1.05 million doesn’t include the money for the three new funding programs still under development. The three programs are funding the creative sector to assist with particular costs like translation, publishing, and shipping services, a system of micro-grants, and a program funding career advancement for creators that might allow them to devote a whole year to work. The funding is to be delivered in 2023-2024.

Economic development and tourism and culture minister Pillai said the strategy results from engagement with individuals and groups within Yukon’s creative and cultural industries and First Nations and municipal governments.

“We understand that the pandemic has challenged and deeply impacted the creative and cultural industries. The actions in this strategy are aimed at growth over the next decade and further,” Pillai said.

“The Yukon’s cultural and creative sector will play a vital role in the recovery of the Yukon’s economy and the restoration of well-being throughout the territory.”

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