Public RecordsPublic Records, supported by TELUS, is offering musicians and filmmakers across BC and Alberta up to $5,000 in grants to produce music videos this summer. The Summer 2013 Music Video Fund will also include a TELUS funded production education component that teaches artists the craft of music video production. The final music videos will appear on TELUS Optik Local through Optik’s TV on demand and online at Artists will retain full rights to their content.


“We want to support and give exposure to emerging Canadian musicians and filmmakers,” says Public Records co-founder Tony Yacowar. “Through these grants we hope to find and champion undiscovered talent in BC and Alberta. Who knows, maybe one of these artists will go on to superstardom one day. Regardless, it will help fuel the creation of independent Canadian content.”

“Public Records is more than just a grant program. It is also an educational experience that will teach emerging artists about the mechanics of making a video,” says Blair Miller, vice-president, TELUS Content Solutions. “Each week an interactive explanatory video will be released pertaining to a certain aspect of video production. From audio check for filming to creative layout and editing, artists across BC and Alberta will be given the means and the tools to learn what it takes to make a great video.”

To be eligible for a grant, participants musts be musicians (artist or band) or filmmakers (individual or crew). Emerging artists and filmmakers from the following communities are eligible to apply: Metro Vancouver (including Whistler), Victoria, Nanaimo, Prince George, Kelowna, Vernon, Calgary, Edmonton, Red Deer, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Fort McMurray, Grand Prairie, Penticton and Kamloops.  Official grant submissions take place May 31 to June 14, 2013. Interested candidates can register starting May 1, 2013 on