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P.E.I. artists get $50K in grants from the region

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Key takeaways: 

  • ‘I’m so pleased, so keen,’ says the P.E.I. singer.
  • Tiffany Liu was granted $4,000 to support recording her first album. 

It’s been almost 20 years since Tiffany Liu first chose the pipa, but only lately did she make a move to attempt to become a full-time singer. 

“The sound of this instrument is so lovely,” she stated. 

“Even now, I enjoy playing it every day at home.”

The pipa is a classic Chinese instrument made from wood and shaped like a pear. 

On the roads of Charlottetown, she said people usually react to her music with a simple “wow.” But in one case, she remembers bringing a lady to tears.

“After they cried, I cried,” she told. “I felt I could do something for people … convert my stories to be with their stories.”

Recording an album

Liu is one of 16 Island musicians who lately got a grant from the region to help change an idea into reality. 

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It’s been almost 20 years since Tiffany Liu first chose the pipa, but only lately did she make a move to attempt to become a full-time singer

Now, she is on a mission to make her very first album — a mix of traditional Chinese music and her adventures from living on P.E.I.

“I got $4,000. I am going to spend it mainly on the studio recording, and then the remainder of it I will pay on the manufacturing,” said Liu.

“The stories I sense behind those traditional Chinese songs are very distinct from years back … The island offered me so much, love.”

Directing a film

A sum of $50,000 was granted through the regional Arts Grants program. 

Artists get $1,500 to $7,000 to make projects centered around music, dance, poetry, theatre, movie, and more. 

“I got a budget for $5,000 to create a movie called Rebirth regarding altering the Black history in film and society in general,” stated filmmaker Dotun Adedoyin.

Source – CBC News

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