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Music Canada Celebrates Ground-Breaking Parliamentary Report on Copyright Act Reform

The Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage has released its report on the Copyright Act, making important and timely recommendations to address the growing Value Gap in Canada’s creative industries. The report, titled Shifting Paradigms, is now available on Parliament’s website.

The report, based on testimony from dozens of creators and representatives from Canada’s creative industries as well as broadcasters, digital services, and other key commercial users and distributors, tackles numerous weaknesses in Canada’s Copyright Act, identifying elements which have failed to keep pace with technology and the digital marketplace for music. Among its key recommendations which will bolster a functioning marketplace for creative works, the report recommended addressing Canada’s broad safe harbour laws, eliminating or narrowing exemptions from the Act that prevent creators from being fairly compensated, combating modern forms of piracy (like stream ripping) and strengthening the enforcement of Canada’s copyright laws.

“I applaud the Members of the Committee for listening to the voices of artists and the businesses who support music and for taking these critical first steps toward addressing the Value Gap in Canada,” said Music Canada President and CEO Graham Henderson.

“The Committee’s report provides a series of thoughtful and concrete recommendations to address the underlying causes of the Value Gap. Many of the recommendations will significantly and immediately improve the lives of artists and our industry.”

The report’s recommendations on music specifically call for ending what amounts to a subsidy paid by Canadian artists and labels to Canada’s largest broadcasters. It recommends limiting the Radio Royalty Exemption to only community and/or independent stations.  

The report also calls for amending the definition of “sound recording” in the Copyright Act so that recordings used in television programs and films would be eligible for public performance remuneration.

Miranda Mulholland, a professional musician, record label owner, and Chair of Music Canada’s Advisory Council, spoke to the Committee about how addressing the Radio Royalty Exemption and amending the definition of “sound recording” to end these subsidies paid by artists would make an immediate improvement in the livelihood of creators.

“The changes recommended by the Heritage Committee in this report are the first step in ensuring artists receive fair remuneration for their work,” said Mulholland. “The changes would end the unfair subsidies that artists have been paying large broadcasting corporations, and mean more creators can earn a sustainable living from their music. I thank the members of the Committee for hearing the concerns of artists, and making strong recommendations to close the Value Gap in Canada.”

“As a working musician, I am glad to see the Heritage Committee has given such careful consideration to improving the copyright framework supporting the music industry in Canada. The recommendations in this report would go a long way in restoring the musician’s middle class,” said Eon Sinclair, a JUNO Award-winning bassist, entrepreneur, philanthropist and a founding member of the Canadian band Bedouin Soundclash. Sinclair is also a member of the Music Canada Advisory Council.

“Today’s report moves Canada into a leadership role in the international effort to close the Value Gap and address the harm being done to creators everywhere by overly broad safe harbour laws,” added Henderson.

“In order for these recommendations to make an impact on the music community, they must become law,” continued Henderson. “Music Canada looks forward to working with the Government to reform the Copyright Act as soon as possible to reflect the Committee’s recommendations.”

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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 Canada welcomes 2019 Federal Budget, looks forward to concluding Copyright Act review to address the Value Gap

March 19, 2019, Toronto: Today in the House of Commons Minister of Finance Bill Morneau tabled the 2019 Federal Budget. Titled Investing in the Middle Class, the Budget is focused on improving affordability and employment opportunities through various measures including skills training and affordable housing initiatives.

“Music Canada welcomes the Government of Canada’s increased funding to the Canada Music Fund and Canada Arts Presentation Fund as part of today’s budget announcement, but there remains much work to be done to address the Value Gap hurting the music sector,” says Graham Henderson, President and CEO of Music Canada. “For labels and artists to be competitive and financially successful, they need a sustainable business framework.”

“Recently the United States and the European Union have taken steps to address the Value Gap. Canada has an opportunity to join the community of nations in protecting and fostering the careers of creators. During the Copyright Act review, the creative community was virtually unanimous in urging the government to repeal decades-old subsidies through which individual creators enrich billion dollar technology and broadcasting platforms,” Henderson stresses. “We sincerely look forward to working with the government to seize this opportunity while concluding the review of the Copyright Act.”

Musician, label owner, and music festival founder Miranda Mulholland emphasized the economic impact of the arts, and the need for urgent action to protect the careers of creators.

“As the government focuses on equipping Canadians with the skills to match today’s job market, the huge positive economic impact of the arts should never be underestimated,” says Mulholland. “Therefore we must also protect professions in music and the arts as viable career paths. The Copyright Act review provides a means to help Canadian music creators thrive in the modern marketplace, and I’m committed to working with the government to make that happen.”

The full Investing in the Middle Class Budget Plan 2019 is available on the Government of Canada website.

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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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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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Music Canada Applauds Government of Canada as Copyright Board Reform Receives Royal Assent

December 18, 2018, Toronto: Music Canada is pleased to see that reforms to the Copyright Board of Canada were made official as the Government of Canada’s Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 2, (Bill C-86) received Royal Assent. The changes will make the Board’s processes faster, more efficient, and more predictable.

“On behalf of our members, Music Canada extends our thanks to the Hon. Minister Navdeep Bains and the Hon. Pablo Rodriguez for their vision in leading the Copyright Board reform process, from the consultations last year through to Royal Assent,” says Graham Henderson, President and CEO of Music Canada. “By modernizing the Copyright Board, the Government is creating a more efficient regulatory environment which will support a royalty rate-setting process that better reflects the true value of music.”

When the reforms come into force in April 2019, they will address a long-held concern of the music sector. The Copyright Board plays a vital role in relation to Canada’s music community by setting rates that directly impact the value of music and the amount that artists and labels receive for their investment. Music Canada has been a lead advocate for full and meaningful reform of the Copyright Board.

“Everyone that works a job likes to be paid fairly and the changes made are a huge step for all of us that make music for a living. I applaud the government for taking action on this,” says Gord Bamford, one of the most decorated artists in Canadian country music with an impressive 24 Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) awards and multiple JUNO nominations.

Music Canada looks forward to working with the government to support the implementation of these changes as the reforms come into force.

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For more information:
Quentin Burgess, Music Canada
qburgess@musiccanada.com
+1 (647) 981-8410

 

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 Canada Applauds Government of Canada for Moving Forward on Copyright Board Reform

Oct. 30, 2018, Toronto: Music Canada is pleased to see the Government of Canada has taken concrete action to support Canadian creators and the labels that invest in them through reforms to the Copyright Board of Canada. The changes, which were tabled yesterday in the Budget Implementation Act, 2018, No. 2, will make the Board’s processes faster, more efficient, and more predictable.

“Music Canada thanks the Hon. Navdeep Bains for his vision on these changes, and for his leadership throughout the Copyright Board reform process,” says Graham Henderson, President and CEO of Music Canada. “A modernized Copyright Board will mean a more predictable and transparent process for all participants, which will support royalty rate-setting that better reflects the true value of music in a functioning marketplace. By ensuring a more efficient regulatory environment, these changes will help put more money in creators’ pockets and strengthen Canada’s economic competitiveness.”

Copyright Board reform has long been a priority for the music sector, as the rates set by the Board directly impact the value of music and the amount that artists and labels receive for their music and investments. Music Canada has been a leading advocate for reform, having participated in the Senate hearings on the Copyright Board, the government consultation on reforming the Board, and the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage’s Review of the Canadian Music Industry, each time appearing as a key stakeholder in favour of full and meaningful reforms.

By implementing these changes, the Government is following through on their commitment made in the 2018 federal budget, which proposed a new Intellectual Property Strategy that enables economic growth. A reformed Copyright Board will create a more competitive and predictable business environment that supports investment in the creative industries, fostering innovation in the cultural sector.

Music Canada looks forward to seeing the final details on the implementation of these changes and working with the government to implement this innovative agenda for the Copyright Board of Canada.

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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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Playback 2018: Loreena McKennitt receives the Music Canada Artist Advocate Award

At Playback 2018, Music Canada’s annual industry dialogue and celebration, renowned Canadian musician and record label owner Loreena McKennitt was honoured with the Artist Advocate Award in recognition of her long-time advocacy for musicians’ rights.

The Artist Advocate Award was introduced at Playback 2017. Now in its second year, the award recognizes musicians and songwriters for their outstanding advocacy efforts to improve the livelihoods of music creators.

Music Canada President and CEO Graham Henderson presented McKennitt with the award, remarking:

“Loreena, as everyone in this room knows, is an internationally successful artist entrepreneur.  She founded her record label Quinlan Road in 1985, and since then, her music has received critical acclaim worldwide with sales of 14 million records globally.

Throughout her illustrious career, and from the day she chose to retain her master rights, and do it her own way, she has been a passionate, devoted advocate for musicians’ rights.

Her testimonies and submissions to parliamentary hearings have, over the years, demonstrated her deep business and political acumen, and has influenced real change making her a force to be reckoned with.

She is also a dedicated human rights advocate, a generous philanthropist, she established the Cook-Rees Memorial Fund in 1998.

I had the privilege of working for Loreena for almost 10 years and we have remained friends ever since. So in recognition of her unwavering public support for the rights of music creators, we are proud to present Loreena McKennitt with our 2018 Music Canada Artist Advocate Award.”

 

McKennitt graciously accepted the award, remarking on her career path and the impact that music has had on people across the globe. In her acceptance speech, she stated:

“Well, thank you very much Graham for this, as well as Music Canada. It is unexpected but also, I feel there are others who are equally, if not more, deserving.

It is true that my career path began in earnest around 1990 and it was at that time that I found Graham and he helped mastermind what became to some, a famous Warner deal. And he was an educator for me and an advocate as well as someone who really showed me a lot of the path forward.

I grew up in Southern Manitoba in a German Mennonite community and music was central to our lives. Not so much in a professional sense, but in terms of a living, breathing medium that means so much to us as a species. The fact that I set out to be a veterinarian and ended up in the music industry certainly speaks to the fact that you can set out on a journey and not know where you will end up.

But it is my sincere hope that through gatherings, such as today, and the minds of people who are really leaning against the wheel, that we can change for the better. All those who enjoy music are enriched by it, healed by it, entertained by it. And to protect that realm of music in their lives, we have as an industry, it’s not all about us, it’s all about other people and people we sometimes call the consumer. But when I meet them I hear people who have been genuinely changed through the medium of music.

So, I thank you all once again for being here this afternoon and thank you very much for this recognition. I will continue to be whatever support I can until I hang up my shoes. Thank you.”

Video of the award presentation and McKennitt’s acceptance speech is embedded below.

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Playback 2018: Josh Colle recognized with Music Canada President’s Award

On Tuesday, October 16th, Music Canada President and CEO Graham Henderson presented Josh Colle, lifelong music fan and outgoing Toronto City Councillor, with the Music Canada President’s Award. The announcement was made at Playback 2018, Music Canada’s annual industry dialogue and celebration, which took place at The Great Hall.

The Music Canada President’s Award is presented to an individual outside of the music community who exhibits a deep passion for music and the people who make it, and who has had a considerable impact on the music industry.

Colle has exemplified those qualities in his role as City Councillor for Ward 15. Since being elected in 2010, Colle has been known as “the music guy” on Council – first unofficially, as a frequent concertgoer, and then officially, in his role as Co-Chair of the Toronto Music Advisory Council (TMAC).

Colle “has been the most stalwart champion of our industry at City Hall,” said Henderson, noting that Colle formed the first task force for music at City Hall, which later evolved into TMAC.

“In his ward, Josh has tirelessly advocated for increased arts and music programming, connected youth with music grant opportunities and industry mentors, and spearheaded efforts to celebrate Toronto’s reggae music history with the creation of Reggae Lane,” continued Henderson. “It is my absolute honour to present the 2018 Music Canada President’s Award to Josh Colle.”

“As a lifelong fan and supporter or Toronto’s amazing music scene I am honoured to be recognized by Music Canada,” said Colle. “We have made so much progress, have so much to be proud of, and I look forward to continuing to support music in Toronto.”

Through his passion for music, Colle has helped change the way that City Hall views Toronto’s music scene. Where it was once an afterthought in terms of planning and policies, today departments like Municipal Licensing, City Planning, Public Library, Emergency Services, Toronto Parks and more have consulted the industry and consider its needs as they conduct their work.

Colle was an early champion of the City of Toronto Music Office, the Toronto Music Strategy, the Toronto/Austin Music City Alliance, and provided crucial leadership on the protection of live music venues. Recognizing that rapid gentrification and development in Toronto could threaten the city’s live music venues, Colle presented a motion to help protect Toronto’s existing venues, and foster an environment to help new venues become established.

One of Colle’s proudest achievements as Councillor was the establishment of Reggae Lane, which recognizes the rich music heritage of Eglinton Avenue West. After helping rename the roadway near Eglinton Avenue and Oakwoods Avenue, Colle commissioned the largest reggae-themed mural anywhere in Canada to pay tribute to the musical icons that made the area the second-largest hub for reggae music after Kingston, Jamaica. The 1,200 square foot mural, painted by local artist Adrian Hayles, depicts artists Pluggy Satchmo, Bernie Pitters, Leroy Sibbles, Lord Tanamo, Jay Douglas, and more.

Watch the video below as Councillor Colle accepts the award, presented by Music Canada’s President and CEO, Graham Henderson.

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Schools across Ontario invited to apply for support for musical instrument programs

 

October 24, 2018, Toronto: Publicly funded schools across Ontario are now invited to submit expressions of interest to The Three Rs Music Program for musical instrument repair grants of up to $2,500, and requests for refurbished instruments. The Three Rs Music Program Portal provides a one-stop location to facilitate requests and applications.

Administered by Music Canada’s new national affiliated non-profit, Music Canada Cares, The Three Rs Music Program aims to provide equitable access to quality music education by increasing the inventory of musical instruments in Ontario’s publicly funded schools, increasing public engagement in support of music education, and connecting students’ learning experience to various aspects of Canada’s dynamic music industry.

Qualified applicants to The Three Rs Music Program must:

● Be part of the English or French public or Catholic school systems in Ontario
● Currently employ a music teacher
● Have a demonstrated need for instrument repair
● Have the school Principal’s approval to submit an application

Through the portal, schools can identify what type of refurbished instruments are most needed for their program and enter up to 20 instruments in their possession requiring repair. They can also enter local repair shop information where the repairs are to be done in their community.

“We’re pleased to announce that our portal is accessible, bilingual and user-friendly,” says Sarah Hashem, Managing Director of The Three Rs Music Program. “We want to make a big impact for music education in the province in a short period of time, so we’re encouraging schools and educators across the province to seize this opportunity and apply early.”

Requests through the portal can be submitted until November 18, 2018. In addition to repair grants, The Three Rs Music Program conducts community instrument drives to collect gently-used instruments from Ontario communities. After a successful inaugural drive in Lindsay, the program is now accepting donations in the Greater Toronto Area.

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Corey Poole, Music Canada Cares
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About Music Canada Cares
Music Canada Cares is non-profit organization focused on highlighting the extraordinary benefits of music to society. We are dedicated to advancing the quality and effectiveness of music education in the public-school system, engaging the public in support of music education, and celebrating the value of music and those who create it. Music Canada Cares is an affiliate of Music Canada.

About The 3 Rs Music Program
The Three Rs Music Program—rescuing instruments, restoring them to a fully functional condition and reuniting them with students—is advancing the effectiveness of publicly funded music education programs across Ontario through musical instrument refurbishment, community appeals, and artist connections. Using a community-driven approach, we will be ensuring more students have access to the developmental, cognitive, and social benefits of music.

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. For more on Music Canada, please visit www.musiccanada.com

 

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Les écoles publiques ontariennes invitées à s’inscrire à des programmes d’aide centrés sur les instruments de musique

 

Toronto, 24 octobre 2018 : Les écoles financées par des fonds publics de l’Ontario sont invitées à présenter au Programme musical des trois R une déclaration d’intérêt concernant la possibilité de lui soumettre soit une demande de bourse de réparation d’instruments de musique d’une valeur de jusqu’à 2 500 $, soit une demande de don d’instruments remis à neuf. Le portail du Programme musical des trois R est le guichet unique où les écoles peuvent faire leurs demandes et s’inscrire.

Administré par Musique Canada vous aime, un nouvel organisme sans but lucratif national affilié à Music Canada, le Programme musical des trois R vise à fournir un accès équitable à l’éducation musicale en Ontario en enrichissant l’inventaire d’instruments de musique des écoles financées par des fonds publics de la province, en amenant le public à s’impliquer davantage dans le soutien de l’éducation musicale et en établissant un trait d’union entre l’expérience d’apprentissage des élèves et différents aspects de l’industrie musicale dynamique du Canada.

Pour être admissible au Programme musical des trois R, l’école doit :

  • faire partie du système scolaire francophone, anglophone, publique ou catholique de l’Ontario;
  • avoir un professeur ou une professeure de musique à son emploi actuellement;
  • avoir manifestement besoin de faire réparer des instruments de musique;
  • être autorisée par son directeur ou sa directrice à présenter une demande.

En se rendant sur le portail, l’école peut déterminer le type d’instruments remis à neuf dont elle a le plus besoin pour son programme de musique et inscrire jusqu’à 20 instruments en sa possession qui ont besoin de réparation. L’école peut également fournir les coordonnées d’un atelier de réparation local si les réparations doivent se faire sur place.

« Nous sommes heureux d’annoncer que notre site est accessible, bilingue et convivial », a déclaré Sarah Hashem, directrice générale du Programme musical des trois R. « Nous tenons à avoir un profond impact sur l’éducation musicale dans la province à brève échéance, et nous encourageons donc les écoles et les éducateurs et éducatrices de partout en Ontario à profiter de cette chance et à s’inscrire sans tarder. »

Les écoles ont jusqu’au 18 novembre 2018 pour s’inscrire sur le portail du Programme musical des trois R. En plus d’accorder des bourses de réparation d’instruments, le PM3R organise régulièrement des collectes d’instruments usagés à travers la province. La première collecte, qui a eu lieu à Lindsay, a remporté un vif succès, et l’équipe accepte actuellement des dons d’instruments dans le Grand Toronto.

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À propos de Musique Canada vous aime
Musique Canada vous aime est un organisme sans but lucratif voué à la promotion des bienfaits exceptionnels de la musique pour la société. Nous avons à cœur d’améliorer la qualité et l’efficacité de l’éducation musicale dans le système scolaire public, d’encourager le public à soutenir l’éducation musicale et de célébrer la valeur de la musique et de ceux et celles qui la créent. Musique Canada vous aime est une filiale de Music Canada.

À propos du Programme musical des trois R
Le Programme musical des trois R – récupérer les instruments, les restaurer pour les remettre en bon état de fonctionnement et les réaffecter à des élèves – ajoute à l’efficacité des programmes d’éducation des écoles financées par des fonds publics de l’Ontario grâce à la remise en état d’instruments de musique, au lancement d’appels de fonds dans la collectivité et à la complicité des artistes. Dans une démarche centrée sur la collectivité, nous verrons à ce qu’un plus grand nombre d’élèves aient accès aux bienfaits développementaux, cognitifs et sociaux de la musique.

À propos de Music Canada
Music Canada est une association professionnelle à but non lucratif qui représente les grandes maisons de disques au Canada, notamment Sony Music Entertainment Canada, Universal Music Canada et Warner Music Canada. Music Canada collabore également avec de nombreux chefs de file de l’industrie musicale indépendante – étiquettes et distributeurs de disques, studios d’enregistrement, lieux de spectacles, promoteurs de concerts, gérants et artistes – pour assurer la promotion et le développement du secteur de la musique. Pour en savoir plus sur Music Canada, veuillez vous rendre sur www.musiccanada.com

 

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Release: Music Canada commits to diversity and equality with changes to governance structure

October 16, 2018, Toronto: Today at Music Canada’s annual industry dialogue and celebration, Playback 2018, President and CEO Graham Henderson announced the results of a year-long comprehensive governance review to ensure organizational excellence and representation at the company. The review has resulted in three concrete actions to promote diversity and equality.

Music Canada’s Board of Directors has approved the addition of two new, independent members who will assume the positions of Director and Chair.  Between them, these women bring to the Board outstanding expertise in corporate governance, finance and accountability, government relations, and general business. This change will improve representation of women on Music Canada’s Board of Directors to 40%.

Music Canada has also adopted a Diversity Policy that will guide the organization in governance decision-making, and Music Canada will constitute an Industry Advisory Group that will provide an inclusive forum to give voice to diverse constituencies in the music industry. The Industry Advisory Group will report to the President & CEO and will provide input into our programs and policies.

“We all have a responsibility, as individuals and organizationally, to align our practices with our values,” says Graham Henderson. “Music Canada and our members are committed to inclusion and equality, but change at the governance level can be the slowest to happen organically. With the changes we’ve announced today, our core values will be reflected at every level of our organization, ensuring balanced decision-making resulting in competitive advantage.”

Music Canada looks forward to announcing more details of its governance review as they become available.

 

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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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Announcing The Three Rs Music Program Team

Today Music Canada is proud to announce the Managing Director, Program Administrator, Artist Ambassador Lead, and Advisory Committee for The Three Rs Music Program.

The program will provide equitable access to quality music education by increasing the inventory of musical instruments in Ontario’s publicly funded schools, increasing public engagement in support of music education, and connecting students’ learning experience to various aspects of Canada’s dynamic music industry.

Sarah Hashem – Managing Director

Managing Director Sarah Hashem joins The Three Rs Music Program with ten years of experience at Futurpreneur Canada, where she was instrumental growing the entrepreneurship organization at a regional and then national level. She has extensive experience in program development and expansion, partnership development and management, and fundraising. In 2016, Canadian Business Magazine named Hashem a Change Agent in their listing of the top “innovators, upstarts, renegades and geniuses who are reinventing the way Canada does business.”

 

 

Bradley Powell – Program Administrator

Program Administrator Bradley Powell brings an extensive musical background to The Three Rs Music Program. He previously worked as Executive Director of the chamber orchestra Pronto Musica and his management experience also includes The Juilliard School, Carnegie Hall, and Sesame Street. Powell began his career as a tenured clarinetist in the Saskatoon Symphony, and continues to apply that practical knowledge as an educator. He recently served as an adjudicator for the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s 2018 National Take A Stand Festival, which is centered around equitable access to music education, and wrote two case studies on music-for-social-inclusion programs in Latin America which will be published in a journal later this year. He was chosen as one of 30 changemakers in classical music for the 2017 cohort of the Global Leaders Program.

 

“Sarah Hashem and Bradley Powell’s experience in non-profit business development and music program administration perfectly complement the strategic goals of The Three Rs Music Program. I am thrilled to announce they have joined our team, and I look forward to more exciting announcements as we work towards securing equitable access to music education in Ontario.” – Amy Terrill, Executive Vice President, Music Canada

“Bradley and I are both very passionate about the important role of music education in our curriculum and the many developmental, social and cognitive benefits it delivers. Working with incredible partners like The Ontario Music Educators’ Association, the Office of the Fire Marshal, and the Ontario Professional Firefighters Association, we’re excited to remove one of the barriers for young Ontarians who want to pick up an instrument.” – Sarah Hashem, Managing Director, The Three Rs Music Program

 

Eon Sinclair – Artist Ambassador Lead

Sinclair is a JUNO Award-winning bassist, entrepreneur, philanthropist and a founding member of the Canadian band Bedouin Soundclash. He is a committed advocate for youth and the arts with a specific interest in music education. Through consistent touring, he has built an extensive network of internationally-renowned artists, a majority of whom are based in Ontario.

As Artist Ambassador Lead, Sinclair will engage musicians from Ontario’s diverse communities to represent the program and advocate for music education. Artist Ambassadors will be active in creating awareness of the program and driving instrument donations, as well as performing and speaking at school events.

“My personal journey in music is a testament to the power of rescuing underutilized instruments and reuniting them with students who want to play. I started playing bass guitar when, at age 13, I unearthed the bass my Dad bought and buried in the basement years before I was born. Refurbishing the bass and taking it into my Grade 7 music class set me on a life course that has led to a career making music, and now this chance to create similar opportunities for the youth of today and tomorrow.” – Eon Sinclair, Artist Ambassador Lead, The Three Rs Music Program

 

The Three Rs Music Program Advisory Committee

The Advisory Committee will provide guidance on development and execution of The Three Rs Music Program and will serve as an inclusive forum to give voice to diverse constituencies in the music and education industries to identify issues or matters of interest. It is intended to reflect the dynamic and vibrant nature of Ontario’s music community, with members passionate about music education in the province.

The Three Rs Music Program Advisory Committee is:

Helen Coker, representing the Coalition for Music Education and Canadian Music Educators’ Associatio

Helen is a board member of the Coalition for Music Education, the current president of the CMEA and a longtime member of the OMEA. She teaches strings and instrumental music at Woodstock Collegiate Institute after recently holding the position of Learning Coordinator for the Arts for the Thames Valley District School Board.

 

 

Ian Campeau, Indigenous Advocate

Ian, also known as DJ NDN, is the co-founder and former member the music group A Tribe Called Red. Ian is Ojibwe, Anishinaabe from the Nippissing First Nation. He’s currently a speaker and advocate who combines art with activism to speak up about issues ranging from racism to oppression and mental health.

 

 

Joe Ferrari, Sony Music Canada

Joe is the Director of A&R at Sony Music Entertainment where he has worked since 2011. Joe has been spearheading Sony Music’s efforts in outreach to Attawapiskat with Sony artists and other members of the team to bring musical instruments to the region, with the broader goal of helping to provide access to programming and tools to invigorate indigenous youth through the arts. He has also helped to spearhead a sustainable food project in the region with Growing North.

 

Kristy Fletcher, MusiCounts

Kristy is the Executive Director of MusiCounts. Prior to joining MusiCounts in 2016, Kristy spent 20 years with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment. During her tenure she was instrumental in forming the Maple Leafs’ charitable arm, The Leaf Fund, raising millions of dollars to support children’s charities in Ontario.

 

Laura Lee Matthie, representing the Ontario Music Educators’ Association

Laura Lee was recently named the MusiCounts Music Teacher of the Year 2018.  She has been an active member of the OMEA board of directors since 2004 and is currently the Treasurer.  Laura Lee teaches Instrumental Music and Guitar Music at Orillia Secondary School to grades 9-12, is the Band Leader and Chamber Ensemble Coordinator & Director.

 

Vanessa Adora, Warner Music Canada

Vanessa is the digital account representative at Warner Music where she works specifically with Spotify Canada. Her expertise is in music marketing and digital strategy. Prior to working at Warner Music, Vanessa taught piano and served as an accompanist at The Regent Park School of Music. With a Bachelor of Music from the University of Western Ontario, she is passionate about accessible arts programs for adolescents.

Garvia Bailey, Broadcaster and Arts Journalist

Garvia Bailey is an award winning broadcaster, writer, arts journalist, moderator and speaker.

The former CBC radio and TV arts journalist and former host of Good Morning Toronto on JazzFM 91, has devoted herself to exploring the diversity of the arts, great storytelling and exposing emerging talent. In her 10 years with the CBC, she served as the host of a variety of radio programs, including Big City Small World, Canada Live and Radio 2 Top 20, as a columnist for Metro Morning and as a contributor at cbcmusic.ca, and CBC Television.

 

“I’m very proud to announce this talented team where Ontario’s music industry and music education community will converge and collaborate to bring a fresh and exciting experience for Ontario’s students. My sincere thanks go out to Helen, Ian, Joe, Kristy, Laura Lee, Vanessa and Garvia for volunteering their time and expertise to the success of the program.” – Sarah Hashem, Managing Director, The Three Rs Music Program.

 

The Three Rs Music Program prioritizes strengthening music education for underserved communities, particularly at-risk, Indigenous and other underrepresented communities.

To stay updated with the latest news from The Three Rs Music Program, including information on future community appeals and how schools can apply for instruments, please follow Music Canada Cares on Facebook.


 

Annonce de la composition de l’équipe du Programme musical des trois R

Music Canada est fière d’annoncer le nom de la directrice générale, de l’administrateur des programmes, du premier artiste ambassadeur et des membres du Comité consultatif du Programme musical des trois R.

Le programme aidera les élèves ontariens à bénéficier d’une éducation musicale de qualité en enrichissant l’inventaire d’instruments de musique des écoles financées par des fonds publics, en accentuant l’engagement du public à soutenir l’éducation musicale et en construisant des ponts entre l’apprentissage des élèves et divers aspects de l’industrie musicale dynamique du Canada.

Sarah Hashem, directrice générale

La directrice générale Sarah Hashem apporte au Programme musical des trois R dix années d’expérience au service de l’organisme à but non lucratif Futurpreneur Canada, dont elle a contribué à développer le volet entrepreneurial, d’abord au niveau régional, et ensuite au niveau national. Elle possède une vaste expérience dans les domaines du développement et de l’expansion des programmes, du développement et de la gestion des partenariats ainsi que des levées de fonds. Le magazine Canadian Business lui accordait en 2016 le titre d’Agente de changement dans son florilège des innovateurs, jeunes loups, rebelles et génies qui réinventent la façon dont le Canada mène ses affaires.

 

 

Bradley Powell, administrateur des programmes

L’administrateur des programmes Bradley Powell apporte une vaste expérience professionnelle au Programme musical des trois R. Ancien directeur exécutif de l’orchestre de chambre Pronto Musica, il a occupé des postes de gestion auprès de la Juilliard School, de Carnegie Hall et de Sesame Street. Ayant entamé sa carrière comme clarinettiste titulaire de l’Orchestre symphonique de Saskatoon,  il continue de mettre à profit ses connaissances pratiques comme éducateur. Il a récemment fait partie du jury du National Take A Stand Festival 2018 du Los Angeles Philharmonic, événement centré sur l’accès équitable, et il a rédigé deux études de cas sur des programmes latino-américains d’inclusion sociale par la musique qui seront publiés dans un journal plus tard cette année. Il était l’un des 30 agents de changement de la cohorte 2017 du Global Leaders Program dans le domaine de la musique classique.

 

« L’expérience de Sarah Hashem et de Bradley Powell dans les domaines du développement des organismes à but non lucratif et de l’administration des programmes musicaux s’harmonise parfaitement avec les objectifs stratégiques du Programme musical des trois R. Je suis ravie d’annoncer qu’ils se sont joints à notre équipe, et j’aurai le plaisir d’annoncer d’autres nouvelles réjouissantes à mesure que nous continuerons d’assurer un accès équitable à l’éducation musicale en Ontario. » – Amy Terrill, vice-présidente directrice de Music Canada

« Bradley et moi sommes passionnés au plus haut point par l’importance du rôle que joue l’éducation musicale au sein de notre programme scolaire et par la multiplicité des bienfaits développementaux, sociaux et cognitifs produits par la musique. Grâce à notre collaboration avec nos incroyables partenaires de l’Ontario Music Educators’ Association, du Bureau du Commissaire des incendies et de l’Ontario Professional Firefighters Association, nous sommes heureux de pouvoir faire disparaître l’un des obstacles rencontrés par les jeunes Ontariens et Ontariennes qui veulent apprendre à jouer d’un instrument. » – Sarah Hashem, directrice générale, Programme musical des trois R

 

Eon Sinclair – premier artiste ambassadeur

Bassiste titulaire d’un JUNO, entrepreneur, philanthrope et membre fondateur du groupe canadien Bedouin Soundclash, Eon Sinclair est un ardent défenseur de l’accès des jeunes à l’apprentissage de tous les arts, et particulièrement à l’éducation musicale. Au fil d’innombrables tournées, il s’est constitué un vaste réseau d’artistes de renommée internationale dont la majorité vivent en Ontario.

Comme premier artiste ambassadeur du Programme musical des trois R, Eon Sinclair amènera des musiciens de diverses communautés ontariennes à représenter le programme et à promouvoir l’éducation musicale.  Les artistes ambassadeurs auront la tâche de sensibiliser le public au Programme musical des trois R et de solliciter des dons d’instruments en plus de se produire et de prendre la parole dans le cadre d’événements scolaires.

« Mon parcours musical personnel illustre parfaitement ce qu’on peut réaliser en récupérant des instruments de musique sous-utilisés et en les réaffectant à des élèves qui veulent en jouer. J’ai commencé à jouer de la guitare basse à l’âge de 13 ans lorsque j’ai découvert la guitare que mon père avait achetée et rangée au sous-sol avant ma naissance. C’est parce que j’ai remis cet instrument en état et que je l’ai utilisé en 7e année dans la classe de musique que j’ai eu la chance de faire une carrière musicale, et j’ai maintenant l’occasion d’offrir la même chance aux jeunes d’aujourd’hui et de demain. » – Eon Sinclair, premier artiste ambassadeur, Programme musical des trois R

 

Comité consultatif du Programme musical des trois R

Regroupant des représentants d’une grande variété d’organisations musicales et éducatives, le Comité consultatif du Programme musical des trois R donnera des orientations concernant le développement et l’exécution du programme en mettant l’accent sur la diversité et l’inclusion. Il a pour mission de refléter le dynamisme de la communauté musicale ontarienne et le vif intérêt de ses membres pour l’éducation musicale aux quatre coins de la province.

Le Comité consultatif du Programme musical des trois R se compose des membres suivants :

Helen Coker, représentante de la Coalition pour l’éducation musicale et de l’Association canadienne des musiciens éducateurs

Membre du conseil d’administration de la Coalition pour l’éducation musicale, présidente de l’Association canadienne des musiciens éducateurs et membre de longue date de l’Ontario Music Educators’ Association, Helen Coker est professeure de musique pour instruments à cordes et de musique instrumentale au Woodstock Collegiate Institute. Elle a récemment occupé le poste de coordonnatrice de l’apprentissage des arts pour le Conseil scolaire de district de Thames Valley.

 

Ian Campeau, défenseur des causes autochtones

Ian Campeau, alias DJ NDN, est le cofondateur et un ancien membre du groupe musical A Tribe Called Red. Ojibwé du groupe des Anishinaabes de la Première nation de Nipissing, il donne des conférences et se porte à la défense des victimes du racisme, de l’oppression et des maladies mentales en combinant de pouvoir de l’art avec celui de l’activisme.

 

Joe Ferrari, de Sony Music Canada

Joe est directeur A&R chez Sony Music Entertainment, où il travaille depuis 2011. De concert avec des artistes de Sony et d’autres collaborateurs, il a été le fer de lance des efforts de Sony Music pour procurer des instruments de musique aux habitants de la nation éloignée d’Attawapiskat dans le but de contribuer à mettre à leur disposition des programmes de musique et des outils permettant d’énergiser les jeunes autochtones grâce à l’enseignement des arts. Joe a également aidé à mettre sur pied dans la région le projet alimentaire durable Growing North.

 

 

Kristy Fletcher, de MusiCompte

Kristy Fletcher est la directrice exécutive de MusiCompte, organisation à laquelle elle s’est jointe en 2016. Elle avait précédemment passé 20 ans chez Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, où elle a contribué à la formation de l’organisme de bienfaisance Leaf Fund et recueilli des dons pour une valeur de plusieurs millions au nom d’organismes caritatifs venant en aide aux enfants en Ontario.

 

Laura Lee Matthie, représentante de l’Ontario Music Educators’ Association

Titulaire du Prix MusiCompte du professeur de l’année 2018,  Laura Lee Matthie siège depuis 2004 au conseil d’administration de l’Ontario Music Educators’ Association, dont elle est actuellement trésorière. Elle enseigne la musique instrumentale et la musique de guitare aux élèves de la 9e à la 12e année à l’école secondaire d’Orillia, et ce, en plus d’être coordonnatrice et chef d’orchestre de la fanfare et de l’ensemble de musique de chambre de l’école.

 

Vanessa Adora, de Warner Music Canada

Vanessa est chargée des comptes numériques chez Warner Music, où elle travaille spécifiquement avec Spotify Canada. Elle se spécialise en commercialisation de la musique et en stratégie numérique. Avant d’entrer chez Warner Music, elle a enseigné le piano et servi d’accompagnatrice à l’École de musique de Regent Park, à Toronto. Titulaire d’un baccalauréat en musique de l’Université Western Ontario, Vanessa se passionne pour les programmes d’enseignement des arts accessibles aux adolescents.

Garvia Bailey, narratrice et journaliste artistique à la radio et à la télévision

Garvia Bailey est une communicatrice, rédactrice, journaliste artistique, animatrice et conférencière primée.

Précédemment journaliste artistique à la radio et à la télévision de la CBC et animatrice de l’émission radiophonique Good Morning Toronto sur JAZZ.FM91, elle s’est consacrée à l’exploration de la diversité des arts, à la grande communication narrative et à la découverte de talents émergents. Au cours de ses 10 années à la CBC, elle a assuré l’animation d’une variété d’émissions radiophoniques, notamment Big City, Small WorldCanada Live et Radio 2 Top 20, en plus de servir de chroniqueuse à l’émission Metro Morning et de collaboratrice de cbcmusic.ca et de la télévision de la CBC.

 

« Je suis très fière d’annoncer la composition de cette équipe de talent au sein de laquelle l’industrie musicale ontarienne et le milieu de l’éducation musicale convergeront et s’uniront pour procurer une expérience nouvelle et emballante aux élèves ontariens. Je remercie sincèrement Helen, Ian, Joe, Kristy, Laura Lee, Vanessa et Garvia d’offrir bénévolement leur temps et leur expérience professionnelle afin d’assurer le succès du programme. » – Sarah Hashem, directrice générale, Programme musical des trois R

 

Le Programme musical des trois R met l’accent sur la consolidation de l’éducation musicale dans les collectivités sous-desservies, les groupes particulièrement à risque, les populations autochtones et d’autres groupes sous-représentés.

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