Editorial: If La Scena Musicale didn't exist, it would have to be inventedby Wah Keung Chan
/ January 31, 2003
"If La Scena Musicale didn't exist, it would have to be invented,"
musicologist Jean-Jacques Nattiez in a letter supporting La Scena
Musicale's request in December 2002 to the Canada Council and the Conseil
des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) to change their eligibility rules so
that our funding application for the print magazine could be judged by a review
It is this kind of enthusiastic support and belief in our products that
motivates our dedicated team of staff and volunteers to continued excellence.
Currently, free-distribution magazines (CALQ's rule) or magazines with over
25,000 copies (Canada Council's rule) are not eligible. Unfortunately, these
rules have not been changed and so we face yet another year (our 8th) of
operations without the level of government funding which many other arts
magazines enjoy. For instance, Quebec arts magazines receive on average over 50%
of their budget from various levels of government while LSM operates with
a minimal 9% funding. To maintain and improve the quality of LSM,we need to raise our funding levels to
We haven't given up. It's a
long-term project and help from the musical and artistic communities and from
concerned readers could make the difference. Visit
http://lobby.scena.org for more information.
In the meanwhile, we must make a general appeal for financial help. As a
registered charity, LSM will issue tax receipts for donations and planned
Wah Keung Chan, President, La
Scène Musicale/The Music Scene