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LyricFind gets government funding to spread Canadian lyrics

Lyrics firm LyricFind has found a new source of funding: money from the Department of Canadian Heritage Creative Export Canada program. It’ll be used in a two-year project to support “the licensing, transcription and translation of Canadian artists and songwriters’ lyrics”, as well as generating royalties for those lyrics across the world.

And this isn’t just the obvious languages, either. “Lyric translations promise to spark additional engagement with songs in languages like Inuktitut, Cree, and Anishinaabemowin, as well as support interest in lesser-spoken Indigenous languages like Maliseet.”

It’s the company’s biggest effort around lyrics from its homeland. “We created the first real global licensing ecosystem for lyrics, but we feel we have yet to bring the full linguistic breadth and artistic range of our home country to the wider world. Thanks to this project, we’re aiming to expand our catalog of Canadian content by a factor of ten,” said CEO Darryl Ballantyne.