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The political power of music headlines the 2019 Global Forum at Canadian Music Week

Across genres, continents, and generations, artists have harnessed the unique power of music to rally imaginations and propel ideas into action. This year’s Global Forum explored that theme and examined the role that music plays in political movements.  The Soundtrack to Democracy: Music’s Political and Social Power brought the Canadian Music Week attendees both historical and contemporary examples of the power of music.

The event was kicked off by Miranda Mulholland explaining her own advocacy journey that has included her becoming one the world’s strongest advocates for creator’s rights. Mulholland, a musician, label owner and festival founder, discussed the moment she realized that she needed to add speaking up to her long list of duties. “Creators of music, literature, and visual arts have always been at the forefront of every revolution in which people fought to make our lives better. Music has provided the soundtrack for human rights movements around the world…When speaking to governments and policy makers, I tell them: We, musicians, have been there for you. Now we need your help.” 

Watch Mulholland’s full remarks below:

 

Mulholland then introduced The Soundtrack to Democracy’s keynote speaker: musician, author and political activist Dave Randall. His book Sound System: the political power of music looks at examples from Beethoven to Beyoncé to the UK grime scene, and charts his journey to understand what makes music so powerful.  Randall’s book can be purchased from Pluto Press.  

Armed with a guitar and an extensive knowledge of the historical significance of music, Randall’s keynote was a musical journey through time. 

Watch Randall’s full keynote below:

Following Randall’s keynote he joined two leading musicians from Canada who have used art to drive change – Lorraine Segato of The Parachute Club and ShoShona Kish of Digging Roots – for a panel discussion. Titled Rise Up: Using creativity to make change (a reference to The Parachute Club’s anthem for equality and shared power), the panel explored effective strategies artists have used to create and inspire change on issues close to their hearts.

Watch the full panel discussion moderated by Miranda Mulholland below:

Guests were then treated to a performance by members of the fast-rising rap group The Sorority, who in between songs encouraged those in town for Canadian Music Week to get out to see live music, support local musicians, and attend at least one show that put them out of their comfort zone. The Sorority are a powerful representation of solidarity and nonconformity, and their performance was the perfect punctuation to the event’s theme. 

To conclude the event, Music Canada President and CEO Graham Henderson introduced the audience to a painting from 1830,  “Liberty Leading the People,” by Eugène Delacroix to illustrate the effect to which art can be political speech. Henderson noted that in its time the painting “was considered so seditious and so dangerous that for about 50 years after it had been painted it was suppressed by the political superstructure and only appeared much later.” He connected the painting to the work of Ursula K Le Guin, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and journalist Paul Foot, tracing the ways that poets, artists and more recently musicians, can change the world.

Watch Henderson’s closing remarks below:

Recognizing the power of art to convey thoughts and emotions, Music Canada commissioned illustrator and graphic artist Rodrigo Bravo to chronicle the 2019 Global Forum in a series of images. The images, available for viewing below, capture some of the points made by each speaker in both text and design, and together form a recap of one of the most successful Global Forums to date. 

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Graham Henderson releases Music Canada’s Closing the Value Gap report at the Economic Club of Canada

On June 26, in front of a sold out audience at the Economic Club of Canada, Music Canada President and CEO Graham Henderson delivered a keynote address to launch our latest report Closing the Value Gap: How to Fix Safe Harbours & Save the Creative Middle Class.

Henderson’s message was clear – the creative middle class is being eliminated by outdated copyright laws. His speech can be viewed on the Economic Club’s Facebook page.

In his speech, Henderson shared some of the startling new economic evidence in the report which details the scope of harm done, and confirms that the Value Gap in Canada continues to grow.  

In a series of studies, Dr. George Barker, Visiting Fellow, London School of Economics, and Honorary Associate Professor, Australian National University, has documented that the Value Gap in Canada is significantly larger than previously understood, and that it continues to widen.

Dr. Barker distilled his findings to three key measures:

  • $19.3 billion – the cumulative Canadian recorded music Value Gap over 20 years since 1997
  • $1.6 billion – the music industry Value Gap in Canada in 2017 alone
  • $82 million – the average annual increase in the music industry Value Gap in Canada between 1997 and 2017

After his speech, Henderson was joined on stage by the MP for Toronto-Danforth and Chair of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage Julie Dabrusin. As Chair of the Committee, Dabrusin recently released a report, Shifting Paradigms, that recommended to the government a series of actions that would help artists and the creative industries.  Henderson called the report, “a guide to fix the Internet.”

Dabrusin credited artists testimony at the Heritage Committee for the report’s recommendations, and cited Miranda Mulholland’s personal account of how Value Gap has affected her career as a catalyst for her careful consideration of these issues. 

“I think we should give a bit of a shout out to Miranda Mulholland,” said Dabrusin. “… She spoke very, very forcefully about the value gap and where it was most forceful was that it brought up her personal journey, the stories of other artists who she knew. So it wasn’t just a dry, matter of fact on a piece of paper anymore. It was hearing the actual impact that was happening in our communities and young people’s lives. And that was the first time that perhaps I’d even twigged a bit more carefully to those issues.”

Dabrusin also encouraged everyone in the music industry to continue to work together when dealing with the Federal government noting that for the Copyright Act Review, almost all music stakeholders came forward with the music priorities to address the Value Gap. 

Following the event, Henderson has spoken about the urgent need to close the Value Gap in a number of media appearances, including BNN Bloomberg, CP24, the Toronto Sun, and the Wire Report.

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Music Canada and CONNECT Music Licensing launch National Artist Entrepreneur Survey

Music Canada and CONNECT Music Licensing invite artists to share their insights and experiences in a new national survey that focuses on artists’ business needs in an ever-changing music economy.

The two Canadian music organizations have partnered to conduct research in response to changing trends in the music ecosystem in which artists increasingly operate as business owners, often referred to as “artist-preneurs.” The project kicked off earlier this spring with an environmental scan conducted through a series of focus groups with artists and industry leaders.

Survey findings will be used to guide the design and delivery of a pilot artist entrepreneur program later this year.

Canadian artist entrepreneurs at any stage of their career are invited to complete this short survey which is available in both official languages, until June 21, 2019. Participants will be able to opt in for a chance to win a Long & McQuade gift card valued at $25.

Click here to complete the survey

For any inquiries, please contact Sarah Hashem, VP Strategic Initiatives at Music Canada, at shashem@musiccanada.com.

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Music Canada et CONNECT Music Licensing lancent une étude de marché nationale pour les artistes entrepreneurs

Music Canada et CONNECT Music Licensing invitent les artistes à partager leurs points de vue et leurs expériences dans le cadre d’un nouveau sondage national axé sur les besoins commerciaux des artistes dans une économie musicale en évolution constante.

Les deux organisations musicales canadiennes se sont associées pour mener des recherches en réponse aux tendances changeantes de l’écosystème musical dans lequel les artistes fonctionnent de plus en plus en tant que propriétaires d’entreprises. Le projet a démarré plus tôt ce printemps avec une analyse de l’environnement réalisée grâce à la tenue d’une série de groupes de discussion avec des artistes et des leaders de l’industrie.

Les résultats du sondage serviront à orienter la conception et la réalisation d’un programme pilote d’artistes entrepreneurs plus tard cette année.

Où qu’ils en soient dans leur carrière, les artistes canadiens sont invités à remplir ce court sondage qui sera disponible dans les deux langues officielles jusqu’au 21 juin 2019. Les participants pourront s’inscrire pour courir la chance de gagner une carte-cadeau Long & McQuade d’une valeur de 25 $.

Remplir le sondage

Pour toute question, veuillez contacter Sarah Hashem, vice-présidente, Initiatives stratégiques, à Music Canada, au shashem@musiccanada.com

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New IFPI website highlights the leading role record companies play in investing in and supporting artists

IFPI has launched a new website titled Powering the Music Ecosystem designed to showcase the role record labels play in today’s global music landscape as a leading investor in music, and partner and collaborator with artists.

Some of the key statistics referenced are the 33.8% of record company revenues that are invested back into music annually, and the USD $5.8 billion investment that record companies make into A&R and marketing annually.

The site emphasizes the flexibility artists have in collaborating with record companies within new partnership models, and charts one example of the various label teams that artists can work with to advance their career, such as A&R, creative, marketing & digital, sync & partnership, global distribution, and press & publicity.

The site also features several case studies on breakthrough artists like Camila Cabello, J Balvin, and Aya Nakamura, focused on how those artists collaborated with label teams to leverage their creativity and success on a global scale.

For more information, visit the full website and check out the infographic below.

 

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Win a Scott Helman prize pack to celebrate his latest #GoldinCanada certifications!

Photo Credit: Warner Music Canada

Were you one of the lucky fans in attendance at Scott Helman‘s recent Toronto show when he was surprised with a Gold plaque for “Hang Ups” on stage at the Danforth Music Hall? Since then, Scott’s received his second #GoldinCanada certification of 2019 for “Kinda Complicated,” joining “PDA” as the second track from 2017 album Hôtel de Ville to reach Gold status!

To celebrate, we’ve teamed with Warner Music Canada to give one lucky fan a shot at winning a sweet Scott Helman vinyl prize pack featuring two vinyl records (Hôtel de Ville Augusta EP) and more Hôtel de Ville swag (CD, t-shirt, sticker set)!

HOW TO WIN

Simply head over to Gold/Platinum Canada’s Instagram, find our contest post, and:

  1. Follow Gold/Platinum Canada on Instagram.
  2. Like the contest post.
  3. Comment with your favourite Scott Helman song certified #GoldinCanada (make sure to use the hashtag!).
  4. Tag a friend you’ve listened to it with.

That’s it! All entrants must be following Gold/Platinum Canada on Instagram, so if you’re not already, don’t forget to do that once you’ve entered.

By entering the contest, you agree to the Official Contest Rules.

Contest closes at 11:59PM EST on Monday, May 20, 2019.

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IFPI’s Global Music Report 2019 illustrates streaming’s continued rise in Canada and around the globe

IFPI’s anticipated annual State of the Industry” report is now available and paints a picture of an industry transformed by evolving listening trends and emerging markets. Overall, the global music industry experienced its fourth year of consecutive growth, with an increase of 9.7% in 2018. Much of that growth across the globe is attributed to streaming, which increased by 34% and accounted for almost half of global revenue at 47%.

Streaming accounted for 60% of recorded music revenues in Canada in 2018, and increased in trade value by 31.9% from USD $200.7 million in 2017 to USD $264.8 million in 2018. Of that streaming revenue, USD $211.8 million came from subscription audio streams, USD $26.78 million came from ad-supported audio streams, and USD $26.21 million came from video streams. After streaming, the next leading sources of recorded music revenues are “other digital” at 15%, physical sales at 15% and performance rights and synch at 11%.

The reports also list five key elements to fostering fair marketplaces so music continues to thrive. Those elements are:

  • Music’s value must be recognized;
  • Copyright frameworks must be clear and provide legal certainty;
  • Rights holders must be free to decide who can use their music and how;
  • Music must be licensed on fair terms, and;
  • Adequate tools must be available to prevent music from being made available illegally.

Securing sustainable growth for today’s digital music industry will be the topic of focus this Friday in Geneva, as Music Canada and IFPI present ‘An Industry Transformed’ during the convening of the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

The top digital single of 2018 in Canada was “God’s Plan” by Drake, who was awarded IFPI’s 2018 Global Artist of the Year Award in February of 2019, becoming the only artist to ever win the award twice. The top digital single worldwide in 2018 was “Havana” by Camila Cabello (feat. Young Thug) with “God’s Plan” in the number two position. The top album of 2018 in Canada was Drake’s Scorpion, and globally was The Greatest Showman (OST) by Cast of ‘The Greatest Showman.’

IFPI’s Global Music Report 2019: State of the Industry is available for download on IFPI’s website.

 

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Release: Music Canada Announces New Executive Team Appointments

Restructuring, in concert with other recent initiatives, positions Music Canada to deliver on its new three-year strategic plan

Jackie Dean, newly-appointed Chief Operating Officer, Music Canada

Toronto, March 28, 2019:  Music Canada today announced the appointment of Jackie Dean to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer and the promotion of two other senior team members to the organization’s executive team.

The appointments, in concert with recently announced changes to Music Canada’s Board of Directors and the creation of an Advisory Council, position the association to deliver on its new three-year strategic plan. Objectives set out in the plan include contributing to the enhancement of Canada’s music ecosystem; ensuring Music Canada is a great place to work for its talented and engaged team; and returning demonstrable value to its members while advancing their interests.

These actions are the product of a comprehensive governance review which, in addition to the new Advisory Council, has resulted in changes to Music Canada’s bylaws; the implementation of a diversity policy; and the addition of two new independent member positions to the Board of Directors, with the representation of women on the Board increased to 40 percent.

“The new appointments represent another important step in implementing the conclusions of our 2018 governance review,” says Graham Henderson, President and CEO, Music Canada. “They demonstrate our commitment to promoting equity, diversity and inclusion, and to meeting our goals for accountability and transparency. The result is a streamlined organizational structure that positions us to achieve the objectives set by our Board.”

Henderson added, “The changes will also help Music Canada to achieve our goal of enhancing Canada’s music ecosystem in concert with our partners in the music community.”

In her new role, Dean, along with other members of the leadership team, will support Henderson in executing the organization’s strategic plan and driving its research, advocacy and community leadership activities.  

Dean joined Music Canada in June 2002 as Chief Financial Officer on a part-time basis, and will now be full-time in her new role. During this same period of time, she also served as COO of The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences/The JUNO Awards & MusiCounts, helping to build the four pillars of the organization’s mandate to Educate, Develop, Celebrate and Honour Canadian artists.

In addition to Dean’s appointment, Patrick Rogers has been promoted to Vice President, Corporate Affairs. Rogers joined Music Canada in May 2016 as Director, Regulatory Affairs, and in his new role, will lead Music Canada’s public policy and communications teams. Sarah Hashem has been appointed Vice President, Strategic Initiatives. Hashem joined Music Canada in June 2018 as Managing Director of the association’s Three Rs Music Program, and will now lead initiatives focusing on specific areas of the music community ecosystem including artist entrepreneur programs and Music City strategies.

“Music Canada has the right leadership, a strong team and an effective organizational structure to achieve the goals we have set for the next three years,” says Jennifer Sloan, Chair of Music Canada’s Board of Directors. “I am confident that their efforts will advance the interests of our members and the broader music community in Canada.”

Allan Reid, President and CEO, CARAS, The JUNO Awards and MusiCounts, remarked, “I thank Jackie for her tremendous contributions to our organization. CARAS, the JUNOS, MusiCounts and Canada’s music community have all benefited from Jackie’s leadership for more than 16 years. I look forward to working with her and strengthening our partnership with Music Canada as she begins a new leadership role in our industry.”

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For more information:
Corey Poole, Music Canada
cpoole@musiccanada.com
+1 (647) 808-7359

About Music Canada

Music Canada is a non-profit trade organization that represents the major record companies in Canada:  Sony Music Entertainment Canada, Universal Music Canada and Warner Music Canada. Music Canada also works with some of the leading independent record labels and distributors, recording studios, live music venues, concert promoters, managers and artists in the promotion and development of the music cluster.

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Music March For Music Therapy returns to Toronto’s west end for 6th year

Music Canada is proud to return as a rockstar sponsor for the 6th annual Music March for Music Therapy in Toronto on Sunday, March 31, 2018, in support of the Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund (CMTTF).

This year’s march will follow the same route as last year’s event, beginning at 11:30am at the Music Therapy Centre at 1175 Bloor St. W. At noon, participants will begin their march eastward on Bloor to Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor St. W) for some amazing entertainment, refreshments, and awesome raffle prizes.

The after-party at Lee’s Palace will feature performances by some incredible local acts including Matata 6, Rachel Romu, Havelin, Aviva, and Darrelle London, plus a special performance from Music Therapy Centre’s music therapists.

This year’s fundraising goal is $40,000, and you can help contribute by purchasing a ticket to the after-party or creating a fundraising page. In addition to the Music March, music therapy supporters can still purchase the CMTTF’s hats designed in collaboration with CDN. All proceeds from the sale of the hats will be donated to the CMTTF.

RSVP to the Music March for Music Therapy’s Facebook event to stay informed on the latest news and updates leading up to the exciting event. Watch highlights from last year’s march below.

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WATCH: Board Chair Jennifer M. Sloan unveils Music Canada’s new Advisory Council

On March 15 at the 2019 JUNO Awards Chair’s Reception, Music Canada President and CEO Graham Henderson officially introduced Jennifer M. Sloan, the association’s new independent Chair of the Music Canada Board of Directors. In Sloan’s first public remarks as Chair, she unveiled Music Canada’s new 15-member Advisory Council.

The Council is comprised of exceptional and passionate individuals representing diverse ethno-cultural backgrounds, sexual identities, and geographic regions – reflecting Canada’s vibrant and diverse music community. The Council will evaluate Music Canada’s progress against the stated goals and objectives in the association’s strategic plan. The Council will also advise Music Canada on its programs, activities and research to support the organization in its mandate as an agent of change and thought leader in the music community.

Watch Sloan’s remarks in full below.

For more information on Jennifer Sloan’s appointment to the Music Canada Board of Directors, as well as Music Canada’s new Advisory Council, see our media release.

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Release: Music Canada announces new Board Chair and Advisory Council at 2019 JUNO Awards Chair’s Reception

The appointment of independent board Chair Jennifer M. Sloan and new 15-member Advisory Council reflect the findings of a comprehensive organizational review

Newly appointed Chair of the Music Canada Board of Directors Jennifer M. Sloan unveils Music Canada’s new Advisory Council at the 2019 JUNO Awards Chair’s Reception (Photo Credit: Ryan Bolton)

March 15, 2019, London, ON: At the 2019 JUNO Awards Chair’s Reception in London, Ontario, Music Canada announced key actions resulting from a comprehensive organizational review. Focusing on Board diversity and governance practices, the extensive review was commissioned to provide recommendations on ways Music Canada could demonstrate leadership in inclusion and good governance.

The first action stemming from the review was the addition of two new independent member positions to Music Canada’s Board of Directors, increasing the representation of women on the Board to 40 percent.

At the Chair’s Reception, Music Canada President and CEO Graham Henderson announced another important step: the appointment of Jennifer M. Sloan as the new independent Chair of the association’s Board. As Vice President, Public Policy at Mastercard Canada, Sloan brings outstanding expertise in corporate governance, finance and accountability, and government relations.

“I’m pleased to be joining Music Canada at this pivotal time, as the organization heads down a new and exciting path,” says Sloan. “We’re working to ensure a balance of skills, experience, knowledge and perspectives are represented in our governance and activities. The changes announced today will strengthen Music Canada in promoting the interests of our members and their partners, the artists, and to realize our vision for all Canadians to appreciate the power and value of music.”

In her first public remarks as Music Canada’s new Board Chair, Sloan unveiled another outcome of the association’s organizational review, the new Music Canada Advisory Council.

Reporting directly to the President and CEO, the Advisory Council is comprised of 15 exceptional and passionate individuals representing diverse ethno-cultural backgrounds, sexual identities, and geographic regions – reflecting Canada’s vibrant and diverse music community. The Council will evaluate Music Canada’s progress against the stated goals and objectives in the association’s strategic plan. The Council will also advise Music Canada on its programs, activities and research to support the organization in its mandate as an agent of change and thought leader in the music community.

The Music Canada Advisory Council members are:

  • Heather Bambrick
  • Steve Bellamy
  • Josh Colle
  • Nick Davis
  • ShoShona Kish
  • Amanda Martinez
  • Miranda Mulholland
  • Errol Nazareth
  • Alicia Rose
  • Mike Schroeder
  • Alka Sharma
  • Eon Sinclair
  • Darlene Tonelli
  • Chris Topping
  • Charlie Wall-Andrews

“The changes announced today are designed to ensure our leadership is guided by a broad spectrum of voices representing the exquisite mosaic that is our music community,” says Henderson. “I’m excited to welcome Jennifer Sloan and our new Advisory Council members to Music Canada to help us build a more robust music ecosystem. With the support of our members, Sony, Universal, and Warner, we are committed to reflecting the communities in which we live and work, and to fostering an environment in which music businesses can thrive, and artists can prosper.”

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For more information:
Corey Poole, Music Canada
cpoole@musiccanada.com
+1 (647) 808-7359

 

About Music Canada
Music Canada is a non-profit trade organization that represents the major record companies in Canada:  Sony Music Entertainment Canada, Universal Music Canada and Warner Music Canada. Music Canada also works with some of the leading independent record labels and distributors, recording studios, live music venues, concert promoters, managers and artists in the promotion and development of the music cluster.

 

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