We are a passionate advocate for music and those who create it.
Music is one of the most visible and highly recognized expressions of the Canadian experience. Therefore, we believe that it is important to promote and protect the value of music and its production.
Music Canada is a non-profit trade organization founded in 1964 that promotes the interests of its members as well as their partners, the artists.
Our members are:
Our associates are:
- 6.8.2 Records Inc.
- 604 Records
- Awesome Music
- Cadence Music Group
- Coalition Music Inc.
- Distribution Select, division de Groupe Archambault inc.
- eOne Music
- Last Gang Records
- MDM Recordings
- Quinlan Road
- Slaight Music
- Troubadour Music Inc.
Music Canada’s members are engaged in all aspects of the recording industry, including the manufacture, production, promotion and distribution of music. Music Canada member companies actively develop and nurture Canadian talent throughout the world.
Music Canada also works closely with recording studios, live music venues, concert promoters and managers in the promotion and development of the music cluster.
Music Canada has established strategic partnerships with the following:
- Canada’s Walk of Fame
- The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS)
- Live Nation Canada
- Metalworks Production Group
- Polaris Music Prize
How we promote and protect music
- administers the gold/platinum awards program for best selling recordings in Canada;
- gathers and shares technical, statistical and other information about Canada’s music community;
- seeks to develop a greater understanding of Canada’s recording industry among key stakeholders and the general public;
- represents Canada’s recording industry to government and public agencies on legislative and regulatory matters;
- works with other industry organizations to help curtail piracy and counterfeiting, and to build a legitimate music
market in Canada;
- promotes the growth and development of legal digital music services in Canada;
- develops and promotes high ethical standards in the creation, manufacture and marketing of sound recordings ;
- represents the Canadian recording industry to its international counterparts as a member of the International Federation
of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI);
- participates in charity events and educational projects on behalf of the industry;
- participates in industry-wide initiatives to promote music; and,
- works with organizations representing music publishers, musicians, artists, retailers of music and musical instruments,
and broadcasters as well as like minded organizations in film, television, digital gaming, book publishing and business
on issues of common interest.
To learn more or to apply for membership, contact Bram Gonshor.
Music Canada’s Leadership
Graham Henderson is President & CEO of Music Canada, an association that promotes the interests of the Canadian music community. Music Canada is a passionate advocate for music in Canada, a trusted source of music-related news and information, and a respected forum for all things music.
Graham has led and inspired numerous initiatives to advance Ontario’s music industry, among them the Toronto-Austin Music City Alliance; 4479 Toronto, an initiative to unite the people for whom music and Toronto intersect, around the idea of celebrating the extensive musical assets in the city, and promoting the growth of this vibrant economic sector; and the advocacy that led to the creation of the Ontario Music Fund. He has also been instrumental in improving the protection of creators’ rights.
Graham has been working with artists for more than 25 years, first as one of Canada’s leading entertainment lawyers and later as Senior Vice-President, Business Affairs and eCommerce at Universal Music Canada, where he was instrumental in the launch of Puretracks, Canada’s first legal digital music download service.
Graham contributes his time on the Boards of Directors of The Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall, Invest Toronto, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and Re:Sound Music Licensing Company. In 2013 he was inducted into the Canadian Music Industry Hall of Fame and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Graham lives in Toronto with his wife Margo Timmins of Cowboy Junkies and their son Ed. He writes on an eclectic range of topics on his personal blog at www.grahamhenderson.ca.