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Canadian Content for Graduates from Audio Courses and Film Schools In Canada

11 APR 2013
Career Path : Audio Engineering

Canadian content is an important part of every broadcast, on television and on radio. It isn’t just about Canadian performance artists, but also about promoting the work of the people responsible for the production.  And, whether you take audio courses or go to film schools in Canada, this sort of nationalism will be part of your education. There are even institutions that assist with promoting Canadian content such as the NFB (National Film Board).


Because of comparative investment in the United States, and some issues with climate, Canadian film never got off the ground the way that the film industry in the United States did. Long before where were established film schools in Canada or anywhere else, films were propped up by Commonwealth regulations that promoted a certain amount of content from Commonwealth countries to counter balance the barrage of films from the United States.


Music production was slightly more developed in the Commonwealth, but as there was a shift from sheet music sales to radio broadcasts and records, again content regulation came into play. Today music students can choose from a wide array of audio courses, from a university level classical music degree to an ultra-modern DJ school, but at least their content in Canada will be boosted by law. A certain number of songs played on the radio must classify as “Canadian Content”.


Of course unfortunately this has some detractions. Promotion of origin over quality can detract from the listening experience, and a smaller library of media means that certain content may be severely over played. Also the rules defining what is and is not Canadian are rather byzantine.  A piece of music or a movie might come from a company in the United States but be acceptable because of a mixed staff. The focus is also more on producers and song writers, not performing artists.


As an aside, the presence of a Film Board can only do so much to encourage a local film industry. Canada has multiple national radio channels and television channels, and there is a relatively thriving internal production of shows and songs in these sorts of spheres. But it is not unusual for graduates from film schools in Canada to shoot their first film on a national art grant, or do an internship funded by the government, but be forced to take their experience to another country, usually the United States.


On the other hand, without national investment there might be nothing at all, and government funded (like every other post-secondary education institution) film and audio courses would be even more inclined to simply feed outside the country, hardly an optimal situation.

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