Broten promises significant boost to arts industry

At an arts community gathering in Saskatoon Thursday evening, NDP Leader Cam Broten repeated his pledge to restore a film employment tax credit and made a new commitment: a pledge to boost funding for other cultural industries by 50 per cent.

“Our artists, writers, actors and musicians not only tell Saskatchewan's story, but they make us proud and they contribute to the strength and vibrancy of our communities,” said Broten. “That's why it's so important to properly support all cultural industries and keep our artists here in Saskatchewan.”

The funding increase will invest an additional $3 million more over the next four years. That’s in addition to the funding available for Broten’s new film tax credit, which would lead Canada.

“Artists should be able to choose Saskatchewan – because it’s a wonderful place to be, but also because it offers the right financial environment to launch and support their careers,” said Broten. “Incredible musicians and renowned artists have called Saskatchewan home. With this investment, the pride of Saskatchewan today, and the next generation of home-grown talent, will find even more fans.”