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Music Canada's second Annual General Meeting

On June 13, 2012, Music Canada held our second Annual General Meeting, which was attended by approximately 100 people from across the Canadian music industry, including representatives from major and independent labels, digital music services, publishers, collective societies, and more. The event was held at Storys Building, a 170 year old classic brick and beam building located in Toronto's Fashion district.

Music Canada President Graham Henderson began the meeting by welcoming all in attendance before introducing The Honourable Michael Chan, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport.

The "Music Minister," as Henderson referred to him, kicked things off with a supportive speech about the importance of the music industry in Ontario.

“The music industry is a significant economic driver in our province. With Ontario’s sound recording and music publishing industry the largest in Canada – it accounts for 80 per cent of total operating revenues in this country,” said the Minister.

Following the Minister’s speech, Graham Henderson provided an overview of the past year’s activities, focusing on the growth in Music Canada’s advocacy at the Provincial and Municipal levels in addition to the traditional Federal efforts.

Graham also released highlights of the Economic Impact Analysis of the Sound Recording Industry in Canada, a report prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers for Music Canada. Highlights of the report are available here, with the full report available as a PDF here.

Next, Sheila Hamilton from Unison Fund shared an update on the Fund's growth over the past year, highlighting a number of new donations and partnerships from across the industry.

The second major research report to be highlighted by Music Canada at the meeting focused on the music cluster in Toronto.
Accelerating Toronto's Music Industry Growth, Leveraging Best Practices from Austin, Texas was prepared by the Titan Music Group for Music Canada. Author Nikki Rowling, Co-Founder of the Austin Music Foundation, presented an overview of her findings.

Subsequently the report was officially released at NXNE and received some media coverage, including pieces in The Grid, The Toronto Star, and CBC's Metro Morning.  Highlights of the report are available here, with the full report available as a PDF here.

Music Canada thanks all those who participated and attended.  See you next year!

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