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JUNO Awards 2019: How Music Canada is working to strengthen Canada’s music ecosystem

JUNO Awards week is here and Music Canada is gearing up for another spectacular few days celebrating Canadian music with our friends and partners in the music community.

Last year at the JUNOS we showcased how our advocacy work benefits artists at every stage of their career with our #EveryStage campaign. This year, we aim to highlight the ways we’re working to improve the music ecosystem in Canada. With the support of our members, Sony, Universal and Warner, we’re committed to building a framework where music businesses can thrive, and artists can have sustainable and prosperous careers.

Five major areas in which we are working to create a better Canadian music ecosystem are:

  • Improving Policy Frameworks,
  • Addressing the Value Gap,
  • Diversity and Inclusion,
  • Music Cities, and
  • Celebrating Success.

 

IMPROVING POLICY FRAMEWORKS

Music Canada President and CEO Graham Henderson testifies before the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology

A major pillar of Music Canada’s mandate is advocating for a functioning marketplace where music creators are paid fairly every time their work is used.

Copyright is the bedrock of remuneration for the creators of recorded music. It enables them to receive payment when their recordings are copied or played in public, including on the Internet. In the age of streaming, it’s vital that copyright legislation and institutions be adaptive and responsive so musicians and labels are paid whenever their work is commercialized by others. 

Some of the ways that we’re working to strengthen copyright and boost investment in music are: successfully championing reforms to the Copyright Board of Canada that will make the Board’s processes faster, more efficient, and more predictable; calling for the elimination of copyright exemptions that syphon value away from music, and; encouraging provincial government investment in regional music economies, such as the BC Music Fund and Ontario Music Fund.

 

ADDRESSING THE VALUE GAP

Music Canada has been a global leader in researching the Value Gap – its origins, the economic toll, and practical solutions the Government of Canada can implement to help fix the problem. Throughout the government’s current review of the Copyright Act, numerous music community representatives testifying before government committees referenced our report, The Value Gap: Its Origins, Impacts and a Made-in-Canada Approach, and presented the same four recommendations to government. It was abundantly clear that the Value Gap is a real phenomenon that is hurting creators and that it needs to be addressed. Its harm is felt across the music community – everyone from publishers and composers, to labels, and especially artists, are at a disadvantage because of outdated copyright legislation.

Because artists are the motor that drives the music industry, and the storytellers that music fans fall in love with, they are best equipped to communicate the serious and erosive effects the Value Gap is having on their careers, their economic livelihoods, and the wider music community.

Music Canada is committed to supporting artist advocacy, because their stories truly resonate with the public and political decision-makers. We do this through support for discussions at music conferences, economic forums, and spreading the voices of artist advocates at our events and in our reports.

 

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION

Dr Stacy L. Smith at the 2018 Global Forum

In 2017, Music Canada embarked on an exhaustive organizational review to provide recommendations on ways we could demonstrate leadership in inclusion and good governance. At our annual Playback event in October 2018, we announced preliminary results of this review, including the addition of two new independent member positions on our Board of Directors to bring representation of women on our Board to 40%. We look forward to announcing further details on ways we’re working to reflect the exquisite mosaic that is our Canadian music community in the coming days.

Bringing measurable inclusivity and accountability for the music industry was the topic of one of our major annual events in 2018 called the Global Forum at Canadian Music Week. We were proud to host Dr. Stacy L. Smith of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative, the leading think tank in the world studying issues of diversity and inequality in entertainment. Dr. Smith pioneered the now popular “Inclusion Rider,” and at the Global Forum, spoke to her organization’s research into inclusion in the music industry.

During JUNOS Weekend 2019, we’re pleased to be supporting CARAS’ Allies in Action event, focusing on action undertaken or underway in the Canadian music community to create safer and more inclusive workplaces and environments for industry members, artists and music fans.

 

MUSIC CITIES

The 2018 Music Cities Summit at CMW

Since the publication of our 2012 report Accelerating Toronto’s Music Industry Growth, Leveraging Best Practices from Austin, Texas, Music Canada has become an internationally renowned source for research into policies municipalities can implement, and actions they can take to activate the full potential of their music economies. Our leadership in Music Cities was further cemented with the publication of our groundbreaking The Mastering of a Music City report in 2015.

Since the release of these reports, we’ve seen phenomenal traction in Canadian cities like Smithers, Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa and 2019 JUNO Awards host city London. These cities have all formulated an official music strategy, and some have established a music office, or officer position, within their municipality.

In addition to presenting our research at Music Cities events across the globe , Music Canada will host its third annual Music Cities Summit at Canadian Music Week in May of 2019. Look out for details on the 2019 Music Cities Summit, including featured speakers and other program elements in the coming weeks.

 

CELEBRATING SUCCESS

Jessie Reyez receives a Double Platinum plaque with the Universal Music Canada team

Music Canada is proud to return as a sponsor of the Album of the Year category, as well as the Presenting Sponsor of the Chair’s and Welcome Reception on Friday, March 15. With our sponsorship of the category and continued partnership with the JUNO Awards, we join music fans across the country in celebrating the works from this year’s nominees – Hubert Lenoir, Jann Arden, Shawn Mendes, The Weeknd, and Three Days Grace – and congratulate the dedicated label and production teams involved with each release.

Throughout the year, we also join fans in celebrating their favourite artists’ first certification milestones to a lifetime’s worth of achievements with our historic Gold/Platinum program, which was launched in 1975 to celebrate milestone sales of music in Canada. Today, artists can receive new certifications for the combined sales and stream equivalents of their singles and albums, and are often surprised with a tangible recognition of national success by their labels’ devoted teams. Certifications are shared on our Gold/Platinum Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook accounts, and the latest Gold certifications are added to our #GoldinCanada playlist every Thursday.

Music Canada also presents two awards, our President’s Award and Artist Advocate Award, during Playback, our annual industry dialogue and celebration. So far, artists Miranda Mulholland (2017) and Loreena McKennitt (2018) have been honoured with the Artist Advocate Award in recognition of their outstanding advocacy efforts to improve the livelihoods of music creators. Meanwhile, the President’s Award, which is presented to an individual working outside the music community who displays a deep passion for music and the people who make it, has been received by Music Cities champions including former Toronto City Councillor Josh Colle (2018), and co-recipients Cory Crossman, London Music Industry Development Officer, and Chris Campbell, Director of Culture and Entertainment Tourism at Tourism London, who were instrumental in bringing the JUNOS to London this weekend for the very first time.

 

A full rundown of JUNOS Week events is available on the JUNO Awards website. Tickets to The 2019 JUNO Awards Broadcast are available online at budweisergardens.com, by phone at 1-866-455-2849 and in-person at the Courtesy Ford Box Office at Budweiser Gardens (Located at Gate 1).

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VIDEO: Artists discuss strategies to make positive change at Folk Alliance International 2019

Folk Alliance International, the world’s largest folk music conference, descended on one of Canada’s most culturally historic cities in 2019 and was host to countless spirited performances, discussions, and interactions. The festival is known for musical performances into the wee hours, but a relatively early panel yielded profoundly moving, honest, and inspiring discussion.

On Saturday, February 16 at the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Music Canada, in participation with Miranda Mulholland, was proud to present an event titled ‘Artist Advocates in Action.’

Five artists, each with their own advocacy issues close to their hearts, discussed how they most effectively work to create change, and how they tackle challenges such as criticism, drawing a line between their personal and professional lives, and balancing life on the road with parenting and other commitments.

The panel featured musicians Zoë Keating, Peter Katz, Aaron Myers, and Caroline Brooks, with Miranda Mulholland moderating the discussion. Watch the full ‘Artist Advocates in Action’ panel below.

 

More on the artists:

 

Caroline Brooks

Caroline Brooks is a singer-songwriter, session vocalist and guitar player from Toronto. She is one third of critically acclaimed Good Lovelies, a JUNO award-winning band that has toured internationally for the last 12 years. They have released 8 albums and their latest single “I See Gold” is up for Song of the Year at the International Folk Music Awards.

Outside of performing, Caroline is a sitting board member with the Mariposa Folk Festival and Muskoka-based advocacy group Safe Quiet Lakes. She and her partner also co-founded Secondhand Sunday, a community re-use and waste reduction program based in Toronto.

Website: http://goodlovelies.com/
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3hh35eWuRs5ZqIUIKyne5S

Zoë Keating

DIY Cellist and composer Zoë Keating has worked with many artists and productions, including Jeff Russo, Amanda Palmer, Imogen Heap and the podcast Radiolab. Her music has achieved a surprising degree of ubiquity for a DIY artist, from the bumper music to NPR’s Morning Edition to the thinking-music of the Sherlock Holmes character on CBS Elementary to the theme music for the Brazilian telenovela Para Sempre.

A vocal advocate for the rights of creators, Keating was elected a governor of the San Francisco chapter of the Recording Academy, named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and serves on the board of CASH Music, a nonprofit organization that builds open source digital tools for musicians and labels.

Website: http://www.zoekeating.com/
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6OHXnLZCeWUwtdDsBdqOdr

Aaron Myers

Mr. Myers is a life-long social activist and musician who uses entertainment to increase awareness of social issues. While a full-time college student Mr. Myers ran unsuccessfully for the office of Mayor in Corsicana, Texas. In 2008 he served as a field organizer for the Obama campaign in Florida. Mr. Myers is also a skilled volunteer coordinator event manager and public speaker an experienced music teacher and an army veteran. He has also served as National Director of the nonprofit Global Family Program. A jazz and soul musician Mr. Myers is the Resident Artist at Mr. Henry’s Restaurant in DC.

Website: http://www.aaron2.me
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5JqWYlpaw2lH5PrAXxFtqK

Peter Katz

Over the past decade, Peter has seen his albums debut at #1 on the iTunes singer-songwriter charts; he’s shared the stage and studio with the likes of Academy Award Winner Glen Hansard (Once, The Swell Season), JUNO Award-Winners The Good Lovelies, Polaris-Prize nominated Melissa McCelland (Whitehorse) and the Legendary Garth Hudson from The Band. He’s toured all over the world, regularly playing to capacity crowds, and has managed to build an impressive fan-base of loyal listeners, selling over 25,000 copies of his discs mostly from the stage, one show at a time. Never content to sit still for long, Peter Katz has his eyes firmly set on the future.

Website: http://www.peterkatz.com/
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6O5zKwY8kFFYhBwZdJ7VKI

Miranda Mulholland

Classically trained on violin and in voice, Miranda is a versatile performer and in high demand as a fiddler and singer covering a wide range of styles. Her debut full length solo album, Whipping Boy, was released in May 2014 to critical acclaim.  It became the flagship of her own record label, Roaring Girl Records which is quickly gaining a reputation for as a home for diverse and excellent artists. She is the founder of a music festival in historic Gravenhurst, Ontario called Sawdust City Music Festival which is now three years old.

Currently she is a member Harrow Fair, a duo with Andrew Penner of Sunparlour Players. She makes select appearances in the violin show, ‘Bowfire’ and her fiddle trio, Belle Starr as well as with Stephen Kellogg and the South West North East Band. She has also sung and played fiddle with Jim Cuddy, Steven Page, Calexico, Joel Plaskett, Rose Cousins, Alan Doyle, Raine Maida, Dan Mangan, John Borra, The Rattlesnake Choir and Justin Rutledge, among others.  Not limited to band performances, Miranda has appeared in various theatre productions including the Dora winning productions of ‘Parfumerie’ and ‘Spoon River’ with Soulpepper Theatre in Toronto.

Website: https://www.mirandamulholland.ca/
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/25SnqefE8tn1TyqvvivBEb

 

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Panel Preview: Artist Advocates in Action at Folk Alliance International 2019

 

Musician, label owner and music festival founder Miranda Mulholland, in participation with Music Canada, will present a panel discussion at Folk Alliance International 2019 titled Artist Advocates in Action. The panel is scheduled for Saturday, February 16 from 10:00 am to 11:15 am in the Anne Murray Room at Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montréal.

The discussion will explore various elements of artist advocacy including work / life balance, best practices, and art as an advocacy tool. How can artists best navigate through their careers while advocating for changes to global and local landscapes? What is the personal cost and how can artists maintain their own interests while championing for necessary causes? Moderator Miranda Mulholland will take the panelists – all practicing artists and advocates – through their own experiences, fears, challenges and triumphs. 

The panel will feature the following artist advocates:

Caroline Brooks

Caroline Brooks is a singer-songwriter, session vocalist and guitar player from Toronto. She is one third of critically acclaimed Good Lovelies, a Juno award-winning band that has toured internationally for the last 12 years. They have released 8 albums and their latest single “I See Gold” is up for Song of the Year at the International Folk Music Awards.

Outside of performing, Caroline is a sitting board member with the Mariposa Folk Festival and Muskoka-based advocacy group Safe Quiet Lakes. She and her partner also co-founded Secondhand Sunday, a community re-use and waste reduction program based in Toronto.

Zoë Keating

DIY Cellist and composer Zoë Keating has worked with many artists and productions, including Jeff Russo, Amanda Palmer, Imogen Heap and the podcast Radiolab. Her music has achieved a surprising degree of ubiquity for a DIY artist, from the bumper music to NPR’s Morning Edition to the thinking-music of the Sherlock Holmes character on CBS Elementary to the theme music for the Brazilian telenovela Para Sempre.

A vocal advocate for the rights of creators, Keating was elected a governor of the San Francisco chapter of the Recording Academy named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and serves on the board of CASH Music, a nonprofit organization that builds open source digital tools for musicians and labels

Aaron Myers

Mr. Myers is a life-long social activist and musician who uses entertainment to increase awareness of social issues. While a full-time college student Mr. Myers ran unsuccessfully for the office of Mayor in Corsicana Texas. In 2008 he served as a field organizer for the Obama campaign in Florida. Mr. Myers is also a skilled volunteer coordinator event manager and public speaker an experienced music teacher and an army veteran. He has also served as National Director of the nonprofit Global Family Program. A jazz and soul musician Mr. Myers is the Resident Artist at Mr. Henry’s Restaurant in DC.

Peter Katz

Over the past decade, Peter has seen his albums debut at #1 on the iTunes singer-songwriter charts; he’s shared the stage and studio with the likes of Academy Award Winner Glen Hansard (Once, The Swell Season), Juno Award-Winners The Good Lovelies, Polaris-Prize nominated Melissa McCelland (Whitehorse) and the Legendary Garth Hudson from The Band. He’s toured all over the world, regularly playing to capacity crowds, and has managed to build an impressive fan-base of loyal listeners, selling over 25,000 copies of his discs mostly from the stage, one show at a time. Never content to sit still for long, Peter Katz has his eyes firmly set on the future.

 

Folk Alliance International is the world’s largest gathering of the folk music industry and community. To attend this panel you must be registered for the conference. Registration also gains you access to conference showcases, and passes can be purchased from the Folk Alliance International website.

 

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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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Playback 2018: Executive Vice President Amy Terrill recaps Music Canada’s accomplishments from the last 12 months

On October 16, 2018, at The Great Hall in Toronto, Music Canada hosted Playback 2018, our annual industry dialogue and celebration.

Close to 100 members of the Canadian music industry were in attendance, including representatives from record labels, awards programs, royalty collectives and funding institutions, as well as artists, journalists, politicians and other government representatives.

Universal Music Canada President Jeffrey Remedios opened the event with a reflection on the state of the industry before Music Canada Executive Vice President Amy Terrill recapped Music Canada’s major accomplishments and new initiatives from the last 12 months.

Those accomplishments include our work to close the Value Gap in Canada, the launch of Music Canada Cares and its first program, The Three Rs Music Program, exciting partnerships with other industry groups, and our latest research report, Keys to a Music City: Examining the Merits of Music Offices, Boards, and Night Mayors.

You can watch Terrill’s full presentation below.

Near the end of the presentation, Terrill gave the audience a sneak peek of a just-released video taking you behind the scenes of the production process of our Gold and Platinum award plaques.

Following the annual review, Terrill invited Music Canada President and CEO Graham Henderson to the stage for a special announcement. Henderson shared preliminary results of Music Canada’s year-long, comprehensive governance review that Terrill had announced a year earlier at Playback 2017. To learn more about the changes resulting from the review, read our release.

Stay tuned for more video content from Playback 2018 in the coming days, including a keynote presentation from professor and author Debora Spar, and a ‘fireside chat’ between Recording Industry Association of America Chairman and CEO Cary Sherman and musician, label owner and festival founder, Miranda Mulholland.

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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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IFPI releases Music Consumer Insight Report 2018, highlighting global trends in music listening habits

Today, IFPI released its 2018 Music Consumer Insight Report, an in-depth study of global music listening habits across 20 of the world’s largest music markets, including Canada, among music consumers aged 16-64.

“This year’s Music Consumer Insight Report tells the story of how recorded music is woven into the lives of fans around the world.  As it becomes increasingly accessible, it continues to be embraced across formats, genres and technologies,” said IFPI Chief Executive Frances Moore in a release. “Record companies are working with their partners to sustain and develop these rich and diverse ways in which music is being enjoyed, ensuring that it continues on its exciting journey around the world.”

One of the key highlights from the report is the ubiquity of on-demand streaming. 86% of consumers globally are listening to music through an audio or video on-demand service. 56% of listeners in Canada engage with music through on-demand audio services, just slightly below the global average of 61%.

Within this high usage of on-demand streaming though, it is user-upload services that continue to dominate consumption. The report notes that globally, 47% of time spent listening to on-demand music is on YouTube, compared to 28% on paid audio streaming services and 20% on free audio streaming.

Music piracy also remains a significant issue, as 38% of music consumers reported obtaining music through methods that infringe copyright. 32% of consumers report obtaining music through stream ripping, making it the most dominant form of copyright infringement.

“However, this report also shows the challenges the music community continues to face – both in the form of the evolving threat of digital copyright infringement as well as in the failure to achieve fair compensation from some user-upload services,” said Moore. “Policymakers around the globe have been scrutinising these issues and increasingly acting to address them.”

Recent votes in the United States Senate and European Parliament have added even more urgency for Canadian policymakers to take similar action. Music Canada remains committed to working with the federal government to address the challenges hindering the proper functioning of our music marketplace, and to close the Value Gap in Canada.

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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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At Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage, Miranda Mulholland illustrates why urgent action to address the Value Gap is needed

Last Thursday, musician, label owner and music festival founder Miranda Mulholland appeared before the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage’s study of remuneration models for artists and creative industries, where she shared her personal experience as an artist living in the Value Gap.

She began by making Committee members aware that although they may not recognize her, they had most certainly heard her play. “Over the last 19 years, I have played or sung on hundreds of recorded songs on over 50 records including many JUNO Award nominated or winning albums,” she said. “I have done film and television work – you can hear my fiddle playing on every episode of Republic of Doyle and in the film Maudie and on the Good Things Grow in Ontario jingle.”

Mulholland then stated that creators are storytellers and that the story she would tell them today had a beginning, a middle and that she hoped that she and the Committee members would write the end together.

After outlining how she got her start in music, becoming a fiddle player as the digital revolution took off, Mulholland spoke about the Value Gap, and what it has meant to her career.

Mulholland then referenced previous testimonies that the Committee has heard, from artists like Andrew Morrison of the JUNO-nominated group The Jerry Cans, and Music Canada President and CEO Graham Henderson, who both spoke of the disappearance of middle class artists.
Mulholland underscored this point, stating: “The musician middle class is gone – and even the ladder to get there is gone.”

In the middle of her dynamic and authentic presentation, Mulholland proposed four immediately actionable solutions that Committee members could recommend to help improve the framework, which are captured in the video embedded below.


Approaching the end of her story, Mulholland expressed hope that the Committee would help write the ending. Referencing the recent actions that lawmakers in Europe and the United States have taken to help close the Value Gap, Mulholland expressed hope that the Heritage and Industry Committees can work with artists like herself to fix the broken framework and update the laws to reflect artists’ day to day lives.

Her testimony was encapsulated by one of her closing remarks: “Artists have adapted and we need our laws to do the same.”

Mulholland’s dynamic and authentic presentation seemed to truly engage members of the Committee. Following her testimony, Pierre Breton, Member of Parliament for Shefford, Quebec, commented:

Wow, thank you for your excellent presentations. It’s really from the heart, and I would say that you are excellent at explaining the issues – so if there is anyone who had a hard time understanding the scope of the challenge that you’ve been living through, well, now they understand it. Thank you for your testimony – it was exceptional. These are very sensible recommendations in my opinion, and they could be implemented very quickly.

Martin Shields, Member of Parliament for Bow River, Alberta, said:

I think you’re passionate, I think you’re great – but I understand fairness, and what we have is an industry that needs fairness, and we need legislation changed.

During the question and answer portion of the hearing, Breton asked Mulholland which of the recommendations she offered could have a quick impact if enacted by government. Mulholland replied:

Each one would have an immediate effect. The first one, the radio royalty exemption, getting rid of that subsidy – and again, subsidizing – artists are subsidizing the big media conglomerates – that needs to stop. And if that ended, that money would be filtered through into artists pockets immediately.

Same with sound recording … I just played with Alan Doyle on a new kids show that he’s writing the music for… if this was enacted and the sound recording wording was changed, as soon as that is played, I will get paid for my work – so that would help me immediately.

The private copying – that would help immediately as well.

And having a term extension would help me value my work for longer, so I would be able to leverage that if I was talking to a publisher or a label about my catalog. So all four would help me right now.”

Anju Dhillon, Member of Parliament for Dorval — Lachine — LaSalle, asked Mulholland:

In many interviews you’ve done, I noticed that you’re talking about how the Copyright Act is not protecting creators and artists – what concrete changes would you like to see to the Copyright Act so that we can have more fairness and money can be distributed from the distributors to the creators?”

Mulholland replied that right now, she and her creator colleagues are subsidizing billionaires. She told Dhilllon, “the subsidies need to stop – so that would be the radio royalty exemption… it was supposed to be temporary, and it needs to be removed… We just want to have a functioning marketplace.

Following the hearing, Committee members enthusiastically thanked and congratulated Mulholland for her concise and moving testimony.

(l-r) Members of Parliament Randy Boissonnault, Julie Dabrusin, Anju Dhillon and Pierre Breton with Miranda Mulholland

 


Full video of the September 20, 2018, Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage hearing is available on the House of Commons website.

 

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Unanimous U.S. Senate support for Music Modernization Act is further evidence Canada must act to close the Value Gap

Music Canada joins our American counterparts in applauding the United States Senate following its unanimous passage of the Music Modernization Act (MMA) yesterday evening. The MMA, which was broadly supported by music organizations across the United States, is a comprehensive bill that includes the CLASSICS Act, legislation that guarantees artists and labels who recorded music before 1972 a federal right to be paid for those recordings when played by digital radio outlets.

The U.S. music community was united in its support of the MMA, with organizations such as the Recording Industry Association of America, the National Music Publishers Association, ASCAP, SoundExchange, musicFIRST, and the Recording Academy advocating strongly for the bipartisan bill. Thousands of artists spoke up in support of the legislation, including Roseanne Cash and Dionne Warwick, who advocated for the bill in the House of Representatives; Smokey Robinson, who testified at the U.S. Senate; and Maren Morris and Adam Levine, who were vocal supporters of the bill on social media.

“We congratulate all of the artists and advocates who spoke up so passionately in support of the Music Modernization Act. As we saw with the European Parliament vote, governments are listening to creators and recognizing the need to update the legislation that affects their careers,” says Graham Henderson, President and CEO of Music Canada.

“In the past week, we have seen overwhelming support for this type of legislation from Canada’s two largest trading partners, further underlining the need for Canada to follow through with meaningful reforms,” adds Henderson. “Our government has heard from creators – the Value Gap is an urgent issue that must be addressed. It’s now time for our government to seize the opportunity and close the Value Gap in Canada.”

Music Canada has been the leading advocate for addressing the Value Gap in Canada. Our recent report, The Value Gap: Its Origins, Impacts and a Made-in-Canada Approach, examines the Value Gap and its causes, and demonstrates how it impacts artists, businesses and our nation’s cultural foundations, with a particular focus on music. The report includes recommended steps that Canada’s federal government can take today to address the inequities that artists face due to the Value Gap.

Music Canada is encouraged by the progress made in the U.S. and EU, and remains committed to continuing to work with the government of Canada to close the Value Gap here at home.

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