Longtime broadcast executive Rick Brace, who recently retired as Bell Media’s president, specialty channels and CTV production, has been named chairman of MuchFACT (a foundation to assist Canadian music talent). His appointment is effective immediately.
Brace succeeds David Kines, who had been in the role since 2011. During his tenure, MuchFACT awarded nearly $9 million in funding for more than 800 projects for artists including City and Colour, Metric, Serena Ryder and Dragonette.
Among its most notable project is Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” which received a MuchFACT grant in 2011. The song has gone eight times platinum in Canada and has more than 500 million views on YouTube.
“I am honoured to be a part of an organization committed to funding diverse and talented artists across the country, a fund that has helped to launch the career of some of the most iconic names in Canadian music,” said Brace in a release. “I hope to build on the work that David has done in supporting Canadian musicians and directors, giving them an opportunity to develop their careers.”
Established in 1984 and funded by Bell Media’s Much and M3 services, MuchFACT helps fund music videos, viral and website production. It has also helped develop Canadian directors, some of whom have gone on to direct award-winning music videos as well as feature films. It has awarded more than $69 million and funded more than 6,300 projects in the past 30 years.