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Radio Starmaker Fund Annual Report

2017 / 2018

Radio Starmaker Funded Artists Round 64

Success Fact: Jean-Michel Blais

Jean-Michel Blais

Jean-Michel Blais is a post-classical pianist and composer from Montreal, Canada who pairs pop melodicism and conservatory training with experimental electronics and surprising improvisational turns. Il, his debut album of original compositions, was released in 2016 by Arts & Crafts and has amassed remarkable success in North America and Europe. His sophomore album, Dans ma main, made the 2018 Polaris Prize Short List.

With the support of Radio Starmaker's international and domestic touring and marketing programs, Jean-Michel Blais has been able to tour France, Switzerland, Germany, United Kingdom, Spain, the United States, and Canada. In France, he was able to perform at the Arte Live Festival thanks to the support of Starmaker. Touring to New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles with the support of Starmaker has also allowed Blais to continue to build on his regular visits and unlock follow-up returns to perform in increasingly larger venues. As a result of Starmaker's support, Jean-Michel Blais has been able to steadily increase his market demand domestically and internationally. The fund is an important part of building the profile of Canadian artists around the world.

Heather Kelly
Artist Manager
Valeo Arts Management

Artist Approved
Alejandra Ribera $5,000.00
Alexandre Da Costa $10,386.76
Allan Rayman $61,000.00
Alvvays $5,000.00
Andy Shauf $18,500.00
A Tribe Called Red $40,000.00
Bears of Legend $30,000.00
Betty Bonifassi $21,500.00
Beyries $22,500.00
Bobby Wills $3,000.00
Boogat $38,121.45
Born Ruffians $24,500.00
Charlotte Cardin $49,000.00
Charlotte Day Wilson $4,500.00
Current Swell $35,000.00
Daniel Caesar $69,696.00
David Myles $21,000.00
Dead Obies $19,500.00
Death From Above 1979 $98,784.10
Diana Panton $12,500.00
Frazey Ford $17,500.00
Gabriella $19,500.00
Geoffroy $21,000.00
James Barker Band $24,000.00
Jean-Michel Blais $26,500.00
Jon and Roy $15,000.00
Artist Approved
Total $1,672,566.01
Jonathan Roy $70,452.00
Lemon Bucket Orkestra $15,106.48
Lindi Ortega $47,500.00
Lisa LeBlanc $29,429.70
Mac DeMarco $37,238.12
Matt Mays $37,000.00
Meghan Patrick $20,000.00
METZ $50,500.00
Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy $11,608.10
Neon Dreams $10,500.00
One Bad Son $35,000.00
Purity Ring $47,500.00
Reuben and the Dark $17,500.00
Ria Mae $37,490.00
Scott Helman $60,897.80
SonReal $47,500.00
Splash N Boots $13,500.00
Steve Hill $28,719.11
Tanya Tagaq $19,000.00
The Bros. Landreth $29,000.00
The Franklin Electric $50,670.53
The Glorious Sons $50,683.55
The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer $38,000.00
The Rural Alberta Advantage $64,782.31
Tim Neufeld $33,000.00
Yukon Blonde $57,000.00

Includes funding approved for Domestic Marketing, International Marketing and Domestic and International Touring programs.