“They’re not going to do it again, and that’s really bad news for the music industry,” said Mike Skelton, a musician from California.
“I think it’s really sad that the music scene is going to be destroyed by this.”
A few weeks ago, the Canadian Music Academy announced it would shut its doors after three decades of hosting major events in Vancouver, Hamilton, Toronto and other cities.
The school has hosted major festivals including the Grammy Awards and the Canada Music Awards, as well as international music festivals such as the Grammys, Coachella, Lollapalooza and Coachelling.
Its graduates have gone on to found their own companies and become successful in their field.
But it’s the graduates of the music academy’s current program that are likely to be most affected.
The Canadian Music academy has been at the centre of an increasingly bitter culture war between those who believe the industry is in decline and those who say it’s thriving.
Last year, a federal judge ruled that the program was not adequately funded and its students were unable to afford to attend other arts and music programs.
At the time, the federal government said it would spend $50 million to restore the program.
The program’s fate is in the hands of a federal court, which will hear arguments next month.
“There’s a lot of money at stake, a lot more money than we thought,” said Mark Skelson, who was one of the first graduates to attend the program when it started in 1972.
The federal government spent $50m to restore its program.
“They need to find a way to save this thing,” he said.
The government had previously tried to use a law that allows for the closure of private schools, but it has since been watered down to only private schools.
It is currently not clear how the government will fund the program once it has closed.
The provincial government also has the option of making up the lost funding by cutting programs at public institutions, such as hospitals.
Skelman and other graduates at the program say they believe the program will still be there when the federal court decides its fate.
“If they shut it down, they’ll shut it and not be able to fund their program,” said Andrew Cairns, who teaches at Larchmont Music Academy.
The closure could affect a range of programs across the country.
In Vancouver, a large number of musicians are planning concerts in hopes of gaining funding.
They have already been unable to secure a spot in a major event, such the Coacheller Festival in March.
“It’s definitely going to affect some of our programs,” said Skelston, who is planning a show at the Vancouver Civic Auditorium on Sunday.
He added that it will be difficult to get the students to attend a concert without attending a program.