Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development
September 8, 2015

Exploring Economic Development through Music and Culture

Gros Morne Summer Music to Embark on New Digital Project

Having enjoyed 13 successful years, Gros Morne Summer Music Inc. is preparing to embark on a new project that will help build an international brand for the organization. The Provincial Government is contributing $300,000 over three years to help develop a digital presence, including an app and online magazine that will help showcase local culture, artists and musicians, and advance the western region as a tourism destination.

“Gros Morne Summer Music is a wonderful organization which provides high quality programming that attracts and entertains visitors while providing a platform for local talent. This organization also successfully provides employment opportunities for students and artists, as well as new opportunities for local businesses. I am very pleased with their future plans and I look forward to experiencing their new content.”
- The Honourable Darin King, Minister of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development

The digital magazine will focus on arts, culture, wellness, nature and sustainability, with the ultimate goal of attracting tourists to experience the natural and cultural attractions in the Gros Morne area. Documentaries, videos, interviews, a blog, and podcast will be produced. A new pageant and mobile-enabled walking app centring on the history of Woody Point will also be developed.

“Gros Morne Summer Music’s digital communities project is a three-year commitment to establishing a highly compelling online presence for Gros Morne National Park, both its natural splendours and the rich cultural activities currently thriving in the region. This project operates in the collaborative spirit set out by the Gros Morne Cultural Blueprint and seeks to establish crucial digital infrastructure necessary to realize the bold vision of Gros Morne as an international destination for cultural tourism. We are thrilled by the support it has received.”
- David Maggs, Executive Director, Gros Morne Summer Music

Developing strong regions is essential to maintain and increase the province’s population. The Provincial Government is committed to supporting such initiatives, as outlined in the population growth strategy, Live Here, Work Here, Belong Here, A Population Growth Strategy for Newfoundland and Labrador, 2015-2025. The strategy will ensure investments and programs are aligned to encourage individuals to choose Newfoundland and Labrador to live, work and raise a family. For more information visit www.homeforgoodnl.ca External Link

Through the Regional Development Fund, the Provincial Government provides support to organizations by way of non-repayable contributions for projects aimed at supporting economic development, innovation and capacity building. Additional information on programs can be found at: www.btcrd.gov.nl.ca/

QUICK FACTS

  • The Provincial Government is contributing $300,000 over three years to Gros Morne Summer Music Inc. to help increase its online presence.
  • The project will include developing an app and online magazine that will help showcase local culture, artists and musicians, and the western region as a tourism destination.
  • Through the Regional Development Fund, the Provincial Government provides support to organizations by way of non-repayable contributions for projects aimed at supporting economic development, innovation and capacity building.

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Media contacts:

Tansy Mundon
Director of Communications
Department of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development
709-729-4570
tansymundon@gov.nl.ca
David Maggs
Executive Director
Gros Morne Summer Music Inc.
709-639-7293

2015 09 08                             11:50 a.m.