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Province working on aid package to support struggling artists

The government is in the process of finalizing an aid package for artists missing work and income because of COVID-19
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Leo Glavine (LOCAL XPRESS / File)

The province is working on a support package to prop up the struggling arts industry in Nova Scotia.

Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage Leo Glavine says the government is in the process of finalizing an aid package for artists missing work because of COVID-19.

The provincial money will close gaps in federal funding programs launched to support the industry.

"We will definitely have "millions" to support this sector but we are in the final stages of that," Glavine explains. "We know that in the short term artists will need income to get through the next month and year possibly but we are looking at what technology or innovative platforms can be introduced to keep the industry alive and vibrant."

Glavine points the speed and success of recent online events organized during COVID-19 and in the aftermath of tragedies in Nova Scotia such as the online tribute to the victims of the mass shooting in Nova Scotia last month.

Many community festivals and events such as the International Tattoo have been cancelled while other events like Cape Breton's Celtic Colours are moving online.
 




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