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Heritage Minister James Moore explains his government’s approach to funding pop music.

Moore said yesterday the Conservatives’ philosophical inclination is toward funding artists with commercial promise, a view Prime Minister Stephen Harper has espoused. “But not entirely,” Moore added.

“It’s not my view that in order for art to have merit and value to society, it has to be commercially viable,” Moore said. “I’m not at all castigating independent artists and what their hopes are for their creations. … It’s about funding things that are of a higher priority for government and for the industry.”

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