- Posted by Karleigh Stevenson
- On January 10, 2017
- 0 Comments
- Alberta, editing, Edmonton, publishing, social media
As Alberta editors and publishing supporters, we obviously love Alberta books. There is a wide breadth of talent here in our province, and unfortunately a lot of it goes unnoticed due to lack of funding for publishing. The Book Publishers’ Association of Alberta (BPAA) has come up with a proposed solution to this lack of funding: a renewed proposal for the Alberta Book Publishers Fund.
Alberta’s film and television industry has seen a recent boom in the last decade because of increased funding from the Alberta Media Fund (AMF). In the last five years, around $148 million was allocated to this industry; the impact this fund has had on film and television in our province is phenomenal, and the BPAA is hoping that the AMF can do the same for publishing.
The BPAA is proposing that the AMF pilots the Alberta Publishers Fund with an initial commitment of $15 million to be distributed over three years. The fund will benefit Alberta publishers by expanding publishing programs, allowing publishers to employ more Albertans and build the volume of Alberta exports, along with a host of other benefits that could ensure that our industry not only survives but thrives.
To view a copy of the full proposal, click here: http://bookpublishers.ab.ca/2016/11/28/alberta-book-publishers-fund-proposal/
Throughout the month of January the BPAA will post advocacy messages on Facebook and Twitter. Please join them in telling your MLA why you love Alberta books, or tag them in your tweets (@ABbookpub).