A host of musicians will perform in communities throughout NovaScotia this spring, showcasing some of this province’s well-knownand emerging talent. Details of Nova Scotia Music – On Tour were announced today,March 4, by Rodney MacDonald, Minister of Tourism, Culture andHeritage and Waye Mason, president of the Music IndustryAssociation of Nova Scotia (MIANS). More than 60 musicians will perform in both rural and urbanvenues in all 18 counties in the province. There will be 34performances in 34 communities beginning March 25 and runninguntil May 1. “Nova Scotia’s music industry is a wonderful source ofentertainment and an important part of our cultural life, andit’s a lot more than that. It’s also a major contributor to theeconomy,” said Mr. MacDonald. “The music industry has a lot ofpotential for growth, and that’s what this investment is allabout.” The Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage has invested$150,000 in the music festival, which is managed by MIANS. “This is an exciting project for Nova Scotia’s music industry andwill benefit both musicians and the communities where theyperform,” said Mr. Mason. “This industry has longevity. It is oneof Nova Scotia’s natural and competitive strengths, withmusicians located in every part of the province.” Glace Bay singer, songwriter John Gracie will be one of themusicians taking part in the tour. “I’ve done this type of tour in other parts of the country andapplaud MIANS for bringing together our homegrown talent topresent to Nova Scotia communities. Let’s work together to makethis happen on a regular basis.” Songwriter, guitarist and singer Gordie Sampson, a native of BigPond, Cape Breton, will also be taking part. “I’m excited to bepart of this initiative, to have the opportunity to play foraudiences outside the more populated regions. It can only lead toa wealthier live music situation for Nova Scotia.” Details of Nova Scotia Music – On Tour can be found on the MIANS Nova Scotia Music – On Tour supports Nova Scotia’s first MusicSector Strategy, developed by MIANS. The strategy’s goal is tomake sure resources are in place in Nova Scotia to develop,promote and export talent, rather than having people go elsewhereto further their careers. The government of Nova Scotia isinvesting $3 million over three years in the province’s musicindustry so it can provide more business opportunities across theprovince. website at: www.mians.ca .