Windsor economic development corp. targets music industry

Thursday, March 31, 2016

CBC News

Musicians are being targeted as a way to create jobs and draw youth to Windsor.

The Windsor Essex Economic Development Corporation wants to address the region's high youth unemployment rate by looking at music as an economic driver.

"What are the [industries] that can interest and excite the youth in our region?What are the ones that they naturally [lean] towards or have an inclination for? We're identifying those," he said. "We found the music industry is one where we have a developing industry here. It's in its nascent stage but it needs more help and support and we can grow it here."

The youth unemployment rate in Windsor is about 20 per cent.

To help local artists turn music into money, the economic development corporation will offer an entrepreneurial boot camp in late June.

The boot camp is part of Canada's Music Incubator, a not-for-profit incubator based in Toronto. It's mandate is to help artists, touring professionals and artist managers evolve from starter companies into sustainable businesses.

The incubator is also hosting boot camps in Ottawa, Hamilton, London and Sudbury.